The City of Cape Town has initiated a new Property Developers' Forum to deal with issues that hamper development in Cape Town and ensure that systems are streamlined and effectively integrated.
More than 120 property professionals attended the August meeting, and raised concerns about the shortage of skilled personnel in the property development sector, and noted an urgent need to streamline building approval and land use processes.
Other concerns included the capacity of the City's engineering services, the integration of various legal processes, the standardisation of regulations, the payment of development contributions, advertising and notification processes, and liaison with other spheres of government.
Development in Cape Town takes place against an entirely different backdrop compared to other cities, noted Councillor Marian Nieuwoudt (Mayoral Committee member for Planning and Environment) ahead of the launch. "It is the beauty, biodiversity, mountains, oceans and vistas that make Cape Town an international icon. If we cross that sustainability threshold for short-term financial and economic gains, we may compromise the one thing that makes us so sought after."
Cape Town is rapidly growing into a global city and the pace of development has increased in the wake of South Africa hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2010. The City is therefore committed to guiding this development in a sustainable way, while still enabling people to make a profit and invest in city development, with as little bureaucracy as possible.
The Forum further established six inter-departmental City Task Teams to consider the specific issues raised by property professionals, such as communication of the City's new district model.
The next Forum event is scheduled for 9 November 2007, which is also linked to World Town Planning Day. Watch your local press, or visit www.capetown.gov.za
, for confirmation of the date nearer the time.