City Publishes Tender Documents for Victoria Extension 3
31 March 2019
We have recently been alerted to the publication of tender documents for the development of Victoria Extension 3 in terms of the Zoning Rights granted. We're disappointed, but not surprised, that the City and our elected political representatives did not inform us of the tender going out. Nevertheless, we have summarised some salient points on the tenders:
The tenders cover portions A, B, C, D, E, F, J and H of the Paterson Park development - so the portions nearest to Norwood on this map:
The tender deals with the sale and development of portions A, C, D, E, and F; and the long term (50 year) lease and development of portions H and J. It is unclear why portions H and J are leasehold portions.
The tender specifies a minimum of 20% inclusionary housing, but since the City's new policy already specifies a minimum of 30% this is a moot point.
Tenders are due on 12 April. The tenders do not specify when the City will make its decision.
As a reminder, these are the development rights (in the "After" columns):
The tender also includes additional information, including a development concept which we have provided here for information:
The City Dismisses NORA's Appeal of the MPT Decision on Paterson Park
15 April 2018
NORA received notification this week that the City has dismissed our appeal of the Municipal Planning Tribunal decision on Paterson Park. No reasons were given for the decision.
NORA now has two options: (1) challenge the SPLUMA process (which governs municipal planning decision making) on the basis that the City is both the Applicant and Judge (2), or find ways to work with the developers to ensure equitable outcomes for residents. Option (1) has never been attempted before in South Africa, and may be very expensive to pursue.
It should also be noted that the Heritage Impact Assessment process has not yet been completed, and it might be possible to enforce conditions through this process. We are consulting with our Town Planners and Legal representatives to determine the way forward.
NORA appeals the decision of the Municipal Planning Tribunal
22 October 2017
NORA regrets to have to make the decision to appeal the outcome of the Municipal Planning Decision on Paterson Park, as we have stated on a number of occasions that we welcome development and support the transit oriented densification of the Corridors of Freedom. But we have also been unequivocal in the position that it will not accept expedient decisions that have a negative impact on the quality of life of current and future residents of our neighbourhood. Read our full objection here:
Municipal Planning Tribunal considering rezoning Applications set out of 13 July
20 June 2017
As previously published, the NORA engagements with the City on the proposed development of Paterson Park have resulted several changes to the proposed plan.
The long awaited Tribunal into the rezoning applications, which will include a review of the community objections raised as well as our comment to the changes is set for 13 July 2017.
This is what you should know:
Here's what you need to do now:
Tribunal Details are as follows:
Resident objections and NORA change the Paterson Park plan for the better
22 December 2016
NORA engagements with the City on the proposed development of Paterson Park have resulted in:
All these measures go some way in addressing our concern that the proposed development integrate with the existing urban fabric of Norwood, and contribute to its vitality.
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Beware of unscrupulous estate agents
Re-posted 8 January 2017
We are concerned that certain unscrupulous estate agents in Norwood are spreading mistruths about the Paterson Park Development. These are the facts:
KNOW THE FACTS – DO NOT BE TAKEN FOR A RIDE BY UNSCRUPULOUS ESTATE AGENTS!
Positive Progress at Paterson Park
1 November 2016
The Norwood Orchards Residents Association (NORA) has noted improved engagement from the City since the August elections. We met with the new MMC for Development Planning in late September to voice our concerns on the manner in which the Paterson Park project has been run, and a key outcome of that meeting is that we will be engaging with City agencies this month to understand the reports that underpin development rights. Development rights also appear to have been curtailed, but we will only know the detail in late November. The Tribunal to hear our objections will take place in the first quarter of 2017.
Public feedback was also provided on the Recreation Centre upgrade and the Park relandscaping last week. Through the Joint Plans Committee East, NORA has highlighted problems with the design and build of the Recreation Centre, and has received assurances from the JDA that these will be attended to. We have also had a productive working relationship with the landscape designers for the Park, and we believe that if properly executed the new Park will uplift our eastern border.
Key documents are available below.
The City of Johannesburg intends developing Paterson Park into a mixed use precinct incorporating an inclusionary housing development, a redeveloped and extended recreation centre, and re-landscaped park.
NORA is representing the concerns of our community to the City and monitoring developments.
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