STATUS QUO REPORT – GREYTON OVERLAY AND GUIDELINES

Greyton is currently experiencing a building boom, as more and more of a diminishing stock of vacant erven are being sold, and some property owners apply to develop existing properties. This is therefore leading to increasing pressure for the Commonage to be developed. This makes the need for an Overlay more urgent than ever.

STATUS QUO REPORT – GREYTON OVERLAY AND GUIDELINES 10 Feb’17

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  1. The first paragraph under “BACKGROUND” may be misleading, to say the least.
    What does, “the resulting Guidelines were approved by Province in 2000 and have been municipal policy ever since—” actually mean from a legal perspective?
    As far as I am aware, the “Greyton Structure Plan” is obsolete and no longer applicable after LUPO was withdrawn and replaced with SPLUMA . The Greyton Structure Plan was replaced by the TWK SDF which is regulated by the TWKIZSR.
    If my understanding is incorrect, please explain how you come to your conclusions.

    In regard to later comments, as the Appointed Professional Person, in terms of the NBR Act and SANS 10400-A, for the approved new dwelling now being erected on Erf 583, I find it inexplicable that no comment or complaint has ever been communicated to me me directly regarding the compliance, or alleged non-compliance, of this building with the NBR or the TWKIZSR as is required. As far as I am aware, it complies with both in every respect.

    If it does not, specific deviations from these regulations need to be identified and communicated as specified in SANS 10400-A.

    Regards,
    Dave Williams

    1. Hi Dave

      As always thank you for your participation and dialogue, herewith our response to your questions:

      At the time that LUPO was valid, there was a procedure needed before ‘aesthetic’ guidelines could be introduced or amended. This involved a public participation process to establish all the features, aspects, architectural design considerations etc that were considered to be the essence of Greyton, by the community of Greyton, that made the place worth conserving for future generations. This was carried out in 1998-2000 by the consultants Urban Dynamics and the Guidelines were incorporated into the Greyton Structure Plan (2000). They were accepted as policy by the municipality and successfully used by the Aesthetics Committee since then to influence a number of development proposals that were considered inappropriate. They were supported by GRRO and local interested and affected residents, until the recent spate of unsuitable designs were approved initially by TWKM Planner Bettie de Kock. The policy was also supported by Province as you know.

      The Greyton Structure Plan was cancelled, but most of its policies, including the Guidelines, were transferred to the replacement Spatial Development Plan (2012).

      The current TWK Zoning Scheme refers to the use of advisory Committees. GAAC was established by TWKM to give advice on aesthetic and other architectural design aspects, in particular where assessment is required on more subjective considerations that cannot be defined as mandatory rules. This cannot be done effectively without using the guidelines.

      We trust you will find that this answers your queries as expressed.

      Regards
      Ward 2 Forum Team

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