Have your say in Sandton’s skyline of the future and development in Joburg

If you have a vision for the future of Sandton Central and the city of Joburg, now is the time to have your say and share your passion, insights and ideas. With the recent approval of Johannesburg’s Spatial Development Framework 2040, the Department of Development Planning and Urban Management began reviewing the boundaries and controls of the urban areas within the city. They have assessed each key node with the aim of guiding and encouraging good urban growth and development. The city has published its draft nodal review, which outlines its new development zone approach. The document also indicates the development guidelines for each of the city’s development zones. The review is now open for its second round of public comment. “This is something that everyone should be interested in and participate in. It lays the foundation for future of our city and decides what development will take place in the different areas of the city for the next two decades and beyond,” says Elaine Jack, City Improvement District Manager of Sandton Central Management District (SCMD). Sandton Central is the commercial centre of South Africa and is home to three business improvement districts. It provides distinct advantages for its property investors, residents, businesses, tourists, employers and employees by creating and sustaining a well-managed and enjoyable environment. The many cranes on is skyline right now illustrate its success story. Being actively involved in the direction of the area’s future development, such as participation in the draft nodal review process, is one way Sandton Central reinforces its position as South Africa’s cosmopolitan financial capital. Jack explains: “The purpose of this exercise by the city is to ensure development that is holistic and sustainable. The draft development framework has been crafted for positive social, environmental and economic impacts. It is designed to address inequality and inefficiency in the city. In short, it aims to make the city even more equitable, liveable, resilient, efficient and productive. We are fully in support of this. Everyone should be part of this process to optimise its results.” The strategic development framework is also a foundation for the private and public sector to work together to develop assets and infrastructure in a way that produces exponential benefits for everyone. Public comments on the draft nodal review can be made until 30 April 2018. It is available at http://bit.ly.nodal_rev_files with other information that tells you how to make a comment, representation or objection. For more information about the draft nodal review and its public participation, contact Dylan Weakley, City Transformation and Spatial Planning, at dylanw@joburg.org.za. You can also find out more by visiting the nodal review public participation exhibition tomorrow, Saturday April 7, 2018 at the Sandton Region E Offices, 137 Daisy Street, Sandton. Discussions and questions will be held in the training room and you can walk in any time from 10am to 2pm to find out more. Parallel events are taking place simultaneously at the Jabulani Civic Centre in Soweto and Metro Centre in Braamfontein.

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