The City had an open day on 7 April 2018 to discuss their amended nodal review plan. Two HGC member attended the open day and discussed the City's plans with one of their planners. She explained that the intention with the plan is briefly, the following:
Many will recall the first nodal review document that sought to dictate densification for every area. In the latest version of the review (dated 28 February 2018) there has been a decision to move away from this approach when dealing with suburban and peri-urban areas. Instead there is a general guidance densification recommended to which is applied a percentage range for specific areas.
To explain this better: The guidance provided is that in existing residential areas densification should be a minimum of 20 dwelling units (d/u) per hectare. To this is applied a percentage that is determined with reference to various factors including access to roads schools, places of work etc. The percentages applicable to the HGC area is between 31 and 40%. i.e. between 6.2 units per hectare to 8 units per hectare. A hectare is 10 000 square meters.
Importantly there remains room for discussion and engagement at the time that application is made for changes to the current property size.
We asked specifically about our precinct plan and it was confirmed that once this nodal review process is complete, the city will be engaging with residents' associations regarding their precinct plans and will either approve or make recommendations to the plan.
See here for the Nodal Review documents. See in particular pages 22-24
A further interesting development is the inclusionary housing policy that is proposed to become applicable to any development comprising 10 dwelling units or more. In such developments it will become mandatory to provide at least 20% of the dwelling units for low cost housing. Click here for the Inclusionary Housing Policy.
What this means is that if there are 10 units, 2 of those must be low cost housing units. These units are either leased by the body corporate at agreed rates or can be made available to a social housing scheme to be managed. The rental rate for the units is no more than 30% of the households monthly income which has been determined as a maximum amount of R2100 per month for 2018.
The units must measure at least 15 squares, include a bathroom and have habitable space of at least 7 squares. The units must also be in keeping with the rest of the development.
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