GEKCO objects to large industrial farm on Riversands Farm
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 email@example.com
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.
Annexure A – Grounds of appeal
Phase 2 Environmental amendment– January 2014
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
Fax No: (011) 333 2632
Century Properties Fax: (011) 300 8790 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
You may contact Kristin email@example.com for further clarification.
BID documentPhase 2 Amendment- BID.pdf
Proposed Phase 2 Amendment-Proposed Layout.pdf
Residents objections-Residents Objections.pdf
Report put before council and approved in November 2013Download
Presentation to Section 79 committeeDownload
Amended RSDF :
-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
Phase 1 Environmental amendment– comment period closedMotivation for Amendment.pdf
GEKCO appeal of Environmental amendmentGEKCO Riversands Appeal Letter 280313.pdf