Riversands Farm

Riversands Farm

 GEKCO objects to large industrial farm on Riversands Farm

Riversands

The Greater Kyalami Conservancy, Residents’ Associations and adjacent land owners are objecting to the large scale light industrial park planned north of Fourways, which is likened in size to industrial developments in the Modderfontein area.  Century Properties were granted environmental authorisation in 2009 for a mixed use residential development on the Riversands Farm which covers the portion of land between Erling road and Mnandi road east of William Nicol.  Century applied for and was granted permission to amend the environmental authorisation in a shortened public participation process in  February 2013 just a few days before Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane announced the project in her State of the Province address.

The current Regional Spatial Development Framework did not support light industrial use at this node and to amend the RSDF, the developer initiated a public participation process which was attended by residents from Kyalami and Diepsloot. Construction of boundary walls and a dual lane road commenced in July 2013 before the outcome of this process which was finalised in March 2014.

GEKCO is considering legal action to review these decisions.  Should you wish to find out more about this, please contact chair@gekco.co.za

 

The proposed industrial site would be immediately adjacent to properties used for large scale chicken farming, cattle and sheep farming, schooling from Preschool to high school, a riding school for the disabled and properties used mainly for the purpose of equine sports and recreation.  We have also received reports of endangered species on the site and GEKCO is requesting permission from the developer to investigate their presence.  The conservancy also feels the development would have negative impacts on the broader area as our electricity demand is already dangerously higher than supply, it would increase traffic on already congested roads, and studies have not been done on visual and noise pollution and the impact on wetlands and rivers.

Phase 2 Environmental amendment appeal submitted by GEKCOAnnexure D1

NEMA Appeal form Riversands Phase 2 EIA amendment

Annexure A – Grounds of appeal

Annexure A – Grounds of appeal GEKCO

Phase 2 Environmental amendment– January 2014

Dear all

GEKCO will be appealing the Environmental Authorisation that was granted to amend Phase 2 (the remaining portion) of Riversands to include light industrial and large scale retail and commercial use.Randburg-20130915-00511

We encourage other interested parties to join us in appealing the decision.  The notice of appeal (attached) needs to be submitted by Wednesday, 22 January by fax (preferred) or email to the MEC, the consultant and developer below.

You will then have 28 days in which to lodge the appeal.  I have also attached the decision for your information.

The MEC for Agriculture and Rural Development

16th Floor, Diamond Corner

68 Eloff Street cnr Market

JOHANNESBURG

2001

Fax No(011) 333 2632

Email: jane.hlongwane@gauteng.gov.za and thandaza.dlulane@gauteng.gov.za

 

CC:

Bokamoso                            Fax: (086) 570 5659    Email:  lizelleg@mweb.co.za

Century Properties          Fax:  (011) 300 8790   Email:  mark@century.co.za

 

You may contact Kristin chair@gekco.co.za for further clarification.

Kind regards

GEKCO

BID document

Phase 2 Amendment- BID.pdf

Proposed Phase 2 Amendment-

Proposed Layout.pdf

Residents objections-

Residents Objections.pdf

Background:

RSDF amendment–

Report put before council and approved in November 2013

Download

Presentation to Section 79 committee

Download

Amended RSDF :

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-Urban Dynamics held the second public meeting for the proposed amendment to the RSDF on the 26th of June. You can view the comments made on their website.www.urbandynamics.co.za. This report will be submitted to council for a decision -http://www.urbandynamics.co.za/index.php/downloads/117-riversands-public-participation.html

-GEKCO and the Greater Kyalami Residents’ council (GKRC) representing all of the RA’s in
the GEKCO area submitted an objection with the assistance of a town planner and environmental
attorney.

RSDF amendment objection.pdfIndustrial Zoning Amendment.pdf

Phase 1 Environmental amendment– comment period closed

Motivation for Amendment.pdf

GEKCO appeal of Environmental amendment

GEKCO Riversands Appeal Letter 280313.pdf

 

 

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