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Participate in environmental process for proposed mixed-use development for Strandfontein coastal node <p>​</p><span><p>The Strandfontein resort area is located on the False Bay coastline along Baden Powell Drive (R310). It is located north of the tidal pool and pavilion, and east of Fisherman's Lane, is approximately 19,5ha in extent, with some existing buildings on the eastern side of the site.</p><p> </p><p><strong>The draft development framework proposes to transform this area into an integrated Strandfontein coastal urban node to include:</strong></p><ul><li>residential and retail opportunities, including possible conference and hotel facilities</li><li>recreational facilities, including a picnic area, walkways, and terraces</li><li>a public space to accommodate markets </li><li>to retain the natural wetland areas </li></ul><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>to rehabilitate the natural environment through stabilising the dune area, among others<br></li></ul> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:434px;" /> </figure>​​</span><p>The above will require environmental authorisations.</p><p> </p><p>'The City has appointed an independent environmental consultant to undertake the environmental impact assessment (EIA) related to the proposed development. The National Environmental Management Act requires an EIA for this coastal site given that the proposed development falls within 100m of the high water mark. </p><p> </p><p>'I encourage residents and the local communities of Pelican Heights and Strandfontein in particular, to please participate in this process. Register for regular updates, and comment on the proposals. It is the City's intention to give previously disadvantaged communities more meaningful access to coastal spaces that are suitable for development so that they can also benefit from future growth and investment.</p><p> </p><p>'Still, any development should be done in a way that is sensitive to the environment and our natural assets. This part of the statutory process focuses on environmental authorisation, offering the public another opportunity to have their voices heard on this matter,' said the City's Deputy Mayor and Mayoral Committee Member for Spatial Planning and Environment, Alderman Eddie Andrews. </p><p> </p><p><strong>How to participate and comment</strong></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Register as an interested and affected party by sending an email to <a href="" target="_blank"></a> or a WhatsApp message to 0027 60 524 7676</li></ul><ul><li>Read the background information document about the proposed Strandfontein Coastal Urban Node Development online at <a href="" target="_blank"></a></li></ul><p> </p><p><strong>Attend an open day to learn more about the proposed project:</strong></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>On Wednesday, 22 November 2023</li><li>Attend any time between 15:00 and 20:00</li><li>At the Strandfontein Community Hall</li></ul><p> </p><p>'This is an exciting proposal which capitalises on Strandfontein's unique location, set in a vast landscape with wide-angled views of False Bay, the distant mountains and sand dunes. The concept development proposal re-imagines this node beyond recreation to include housing and retail, while also protecting the sensitive marine and natural environment,' said Alderman Andrews. </p><p> </p><p><strong>Captions:</strong> The graphic depicts the concept development framework for the Strandfontein coastal urban node. Residents are encouraged to register as interested parties, to peruse the proposal and submit their comments by 14 December 2023.  </p><p> </p><p> </p><p><strong>End</strong></p><p><br></p>2023-11-13T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#2d9d26f8-fc9c-42a9-8fb2-4688d58c4173;L0|#02d9d26f8-fc9c-42a9-8fb2-4688d58c4173|Public participation;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#9a0ffa0f-a0ea-43b6-90b9-d25448c2b9b0;L0|#09a0ffa0f-a0ea-43b6-90b9-d25448c2b9b0|Stranfontein road;GPP|#d9e618bd-6430-4eb7-88a6-a43a2fcaf95310

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