The Stellenbosch Municipality intends to adopt a Local Spatial Development Framework (LSDF) for the Adam Tas Corridor (ATC) precinct as the town’s emerging urban transformation district.
The ATC was identified as a catalytic project in the approved Stellenbosch Municipality (WC024) MSDF in November 2019.
“The vision for the precinct is to create an integrated urban development corridor that is liveable, safe, resource-efficient, socially integrated, economically inclusive, and globally competitive, in which all citizens can actively participate,” explained municipal spokesperson Stuart Grobbelaar.
He added that the purpose of the ATC LSDF is to provide detailed spatial planning guidelines and proposals to meet specific land-use planning needs and inform public and private investment initiatives by clearly indicating the municipality’s future development vision for the designated local area.
“The LSDF informs and guides policy, development parameters for land use planning, and decision-making on land use applications,” Grobbelaar elaborated.
The ATC LSDF area covers some 375 ha, stretching along the R310 and R44 along the foot of Papegaaiberg from the largely disused Cape Sawmills site in the west to Khayamandi and Cloetesville in the north. It forms the western edge to the town but is not well integrated with the rest of Stellenbosch, largely because of the divisive nature of the R44 and the railway line. Much of the area has a manufacturing use history, is underused or undergoing the withdrawal of previous activity.
Grobbelaar said the work to investigate the redevelopment potential of the ATC came from the private and community sectors in Stellenbosch. “Following initial discussions, the Western Cape Government, Stellenbosch Municipality, Stellenbosch University, Remgro, Distell and Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS) formed an early partnership to support and resource investigations,” he related.
“The partners believed that if the different landowners, large institutions, government and Stellenbosch communities explore, plan, and execute the development of the land together, they could do so in a manner that serves the public interest. In this way the scale of development achievable will ensure new infrastructure to unlock the area’s full potential.
“The working vision for the ATC envisages an integrated, inclusive environment for living, work and enjoyment, established as a pro-active partnership between the public, private and community sectors in response to citizen needs and national, provincial, and municipal policy.”
With the LSDF, municipal approval is sought to incorporate the area as a Local Area Overlay Zone in the Stellenbosch Zoning Scheme Bylaw 2018. The proposed draft Local Area Overlay Zone gives security of development rights and flexibility to landowners, and streamlined processes seldom encountered in South Africa.
While the overlay zone will secure landowners’ rights in perpetuity, it will also spell out the conditions for using the rights in broad terms.
“To begin with development within the framework, landowners will have to work with other partners to complete the planning process, supportive institutional arrangements and formulation of development conditions,” Grobbelaar added. “The best scenario will see landowners actively partner with the municipality and provincial government to develop the ATC.”
. The municipality has opened a public participation process for residents to have their say on the ATC LSDF. Inputs must be submitted via email to Spatial.Planning@stellenbosch.gov.za by Wednesday 6 July.