FILMING: PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE CITY OF CAPE TOWN
DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT SCHEME
The City of Cape Town Municipal Planning By-Laws (MPBL) came into operation on the 1st July 2015. The City is proposing to amend its Development Management Scheme (DMS) which is a schedule to the MPBL.
This proposed amendment came to the attention of the Property Owners’ Association’s on the 9th December 2015. The closing date for comments/objections was the 15th December 2015. The Constantia Property Owners’ Association is opposing the proposed amendments as these amendments will effectively result in residential neighbourhoods becoming commercial districts with far-reaching consequences for the Constantia Valley.
The proposed amendments to the current MPBL allow for additional usage rights applicable to properties zoned for Single Residential Use (SR1). Currently the uses are restricted to (1) home occupation, (2) bed and breakfast establishment, and (3) child home care. The current conditions imposed on these use rights are such that the character of single residential neighbourhoods is not detracted from by the cumulative effect of these additional uses on properties in the neighbourhood.
The proposed amendments to the MPBL seek to change this position by including the activity of “filming” as an additional activity. The City intends filming to be the only use right that is not subject to the same conditions that apply to home occupation, bed and breakfast establishments and child home care. The effect of the proposed amendments is to allow filming activities to be conducted on Single Residential (SR1) properties without the need for the City’s approval and without conditions to ensure that the character of single residential neighbourhoods are not detracted from by the cumulative effect of this additional use which is commercial in nature.
By increasing the limited number of additional use rights that apply to Single Residential (SR1) properties and by abandoning conditions for filming, the City’s proposed amendments will fundamentally change the nature of Single Residential properties and neighbourhoods.
The Constantia Property Owners’ Association submitted objections to the proposed amendments and has called for, through the offices of its attorneys, for an extension of time to allow more time for persons that did not know about the proposed amendments or who were unable to comment by the 12th December 2015. The City has responded by extending the period for public comments/objections until the 15th January 2016.
- fax to 021 400 2794 (For attention: MPBL Amendments Administrator)
- e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or Richard.Walton@capetown.gov.za
- written submission posted or hand delivered to: PBDM Department, City of Cape Town,
P.O Box 298, Cape Town, 8000 (For attention: MPBL Amendments Administrator)
- online comment form
Information on the proposed amendments is published on the City’s Website
For more information, contact John Hesom, Manager, Constantia Property Owners’ Association, on 021 794 4388 or email: Constantia Property Owners’ Association@yebo.co.za