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City invites Public Comment on draft Tourist Accomodation Policy

by City of Cape Town
14 Apr 2008
City of Cape Town
City of Cape Town

A draft land use management policy on tourist accommodation establishments has been released for public comment by the City of Cape Town.


An increasing number of applications for tourist accommodation establishments (such as B&Bs and guest houses) are being received and processed by the City and the policy will serve to guide the formulation of private sector development proposals, as well as the City’s assessment and determination of such applications.

According to the chairperson of the steering committee dealing with this matter, Cllr Taki Amira, the draft is aimed at balancing local economic development opportunities with the need to protect the character and amenity of surrounding communities and neighbourhoods.

“In addition to serving as a guide to home owners and prospective applicants and operators, it will provide City officials and decision-makers with a common reference framework in assessing and determining applications involving such establishments, as part of the City’s statutory development management function. It is important to clearly set out the guidelines and rules for all stakeholders and have it applied consistently across the city”, he said.

"Accommodation operators, communities and the public at large are invited to comment on the draft policy and have until 19 May 2008 to do so. A discussion of the draft policy will take place at each one of the 23 subcouncils at their meetings in April 2008 and a member of the public may address the meeting by registering in advance. Industry stakeholders and interested parties may also register to make a submission at a public hearing to be held on 23 May 2008.”

After the consideration of all inputs received, it is envisaged to submit a final draft policy to Council for adoption in the second half of this year.

Written comments must reach Council on or before the closing date of 19 May 1008 and may be submitted by post to the Director: Planning and building Development Management (Attention: Gideon Brand), P O Box 298, Cape Town, 8000.

Comments can also be delivered by hand to subcouncil or district planning offices (Attention: Gideon Brand), e-mailed to Gideon.Brand@capetown.gov.za or lums@capetown.gov.za, as well as faxed to 021 425 6495.

Enquiries may be directed to Cllr Taki Amira on telephone 021 913 6439 or Gideon Brand in the City’s Planning & Building Development Management Department on telephone 021 400 1802 or by e-mail to Gideon.Brand@capetown.gov.za or lums@capetown.gov.za.

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MEDIA RELEASE
NO. 145/2008
14 APRIL 2008


ISSUED BY:
COMMUNICATION DEPARTMENT
CITY OF CAPE TOWN
TEL: 021 400 3719

MEDIA QUERIES:
CLLR TAKI AMIRA
TEL: 021 913 6439 CELL: 082 440 1928

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