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Council approves spatial plan for Bellville CBD<p>The LSDF includes a core precinct masterplan for the Bellville CBD together with the long-term spatial vision, interventions and investments to support the implementation of this vision. </p><p>The Bellville Future City Masterplan of 2021, and supporting heritage and utility infrastructure capacity studies informed the LSDF in terms of place making, tourism opportunities, and heritage exemptions; it also includes various road schemes. Detailed implementation plans identifying projects to be undertaken by the City, public partners and the private sector to spatially transform the Bellville CBD into a more sustainable and thriving centre, are included as well.</p><p>'Last year we hosted a two-month long public participation process and we engaged with residents, businesses, local stakeholders and interested parties at two public open days to help us refine the LSDF. I want to thank all of those who contributed, and gave us valuable input. All of the comments were considered, and where possible, we have revised the plan. Collaboration between the City and residents is pivotal as we are mapping the way forward to rejuvenate Bellville and the LSDF will be our guide,' said the City's Deputy Mayor and Mayoral Committee Member for Spatial Planning and Environment, Alderman Eddie Andrews.</p><p>Bellville has a large urban core with various smaller surrounding centres and employment areas. Much of the deprivation is concentrated south of Voortrekker Road with Bellville South, Belhar, and Ravensmead suffering from blight and deprivation. </p><p>'The LSDF gives guidance on investment from both the public and private sector in roads, utilities, housing and innovation to support urban renewal in the longer term. The City's Catalytic Land Development Programme focuses on Bellville's urban core to promote inclusive growth and development through the digital economy, knowledge-based businesses, and so forth,' said Alderman Andrews.</p><p>Bellville is Cape Town's second metropolitan node with much potential to stimulate investment in sectors that can create jobs, drive inclusive growth and resilience. Thus, the implementation plan which forms part of the LSDF supports job creation, infrastructure investment and housing provision. These include coordinating efforts and actions from public stakeholders and tertiary institutions, and to align these with actions from City partners such as the Greater Tygerberg Partnership.</p><p>'For me, one of the most important aspects of the LSDF is how it focuses on transforming the local economy of Bellville to improve livelihoods and quality of life of those living and working in Bellville. Now with Council's approval, the City has a clear spatial vision and policy certainty to assist communities, landowners, investors and developers,' said Alderman Andrews. </p><p>The following opportunities arise from the LSDF:</p><ul><li>To improve movement and mobility between the metro-south east and the northern districts, particularly within the Voortrekker Road Corridor</li><li>To apply the principles of transit-oriented development to create urban spaces with a mix of high density residentially-led development, commercial, retail, and recreational spaces</li><li>To create a precinct that facilitates and encourages walking and other forms of non-motorised transport as part of placemaking</li><li>Improved public transport services and facilities</li><li>Implementation of a new vertically integrated multi-modal Bellville Public Transport Interchange as a catalytic project to unlock urban renewal</li><li>Implementation of quality social amenities</li><li>The release of vacant City owned land for high density mixed use transit-oriented development</li></ul><p>The overarching vision for Bellville is a CBD that is vibrant, attractive, sustainable and efficient in terms of development and transport.</p><p>The Bellville LSDF will guide land use and development in the Bellville CBD, in conjunction with the Tygerberg District Spatial Development Framework and Municipal Spatial Development Framework.</p><p> </p><p><strong>End</strong></p><p><br></p>2023-12-11T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#0ab901dc-08fc-4328-86e9-d67d3a0317b4;L0|#00ab901dc-08fc-4328-86e9-d67d3a0317b4|spacial planning and land use management;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#b34d7875-1906-4b8f-857c-83ba595b2cc9;L0|#0b34d7875-1906-4b8f-857c-83ba595b2cc9|Bellville10

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