Town Planning

NORA supports the efforts of our ward Councillors and City Departments when it comes to town planning, including the Grant Avenue Precinct Plan.



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15 October 2018

Grant Avenue businesses get their act together!

 

We are very excited to announce that the General Manager at The Factory, Jemma Styer, and Brendon Katz of Fight Sports Centre, have taken a leadership role in getting a Grant Avenue Management Plan off the ground.

 

The primary goal of the Norwood Improvement District is to restore the attractiveness of the Grant Avenue high street through providing a regular cleaning service, providing security, and actively following up on service delivery issues. Urban Space Management, who have already played a very positive role in managing Maboneng, Newtown and the Fashion District in the Joburg CBD, have been contracted to run the programme.

 

The ideal budget to fund the programme is between R40,000 and R60,000 per month, and will be raised from voluntary contributions from businesses, property owners and residents. Over 20 businesses have already pledged a monthly amount of R750 per business.

 

The Norwood Orchards Residents Association have pledged a monthly amount of R1,000.

 

How can you get involved?

  • Make a pledge to contribute as a business or resident – the recommended pledge is R750 per business and R75 per household per month.
  • Become a fully paid up member of the Norwood Orchards Residents Association. 

For more information contact Jemma on jemma@thefactoryongrant.co.za or NORA on noracommittee@gmail.com


PREVIOUS News

10 October 2018

Grant Avenue Survey

 

We love Grant Avenue. We love the convenience, the atmosphere, the restaurants and shops. But there is no doubt that we need to improve our high street if it is to remain relevant to middle class consumers. In September, we sent out a survey asking your opinion of Grant.

 

Here is a summary of the results:

 

Who completed the survey?

88 responses, 60% female, and almost all live in Norwood or within 10kms. Almost all participants shopped in Norwood once a day or once a week.

 

Satisfaction with Grant Avenue.

Most surveyed gave the high street 6/10. Very few scored it higher than 7/10.

 

The main concern noted is cleanliness. This corresponds to the NORA view of Grant. We believe that if property and business owners kept their pavements and gutters clean and free of weeds, made sure that rubbish was not dumped on street corners, and gave neglected corners a lick of paint, it would have an immediate and positive impact on their street and business. We also believe that the lack of cleanliness contributes to a perception of safety problems, the second concern highlighted. It is interesting to note that only 21.6% of those surveyed said that parking was their main concern.

 

Read the full survey here:

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Grant Avenue Survey Results
Norwood Improvement Project Survey Resul
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The Grant Avenue Precinct Plan is now Council Policy. The Plan passed by Council is available here:

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Grant Avenue Precinct Plan- Final
Grant Avenue Precinct Plan and Managemen
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15 April 2018 - The Grant Avenue Precinct Plan is adopted by Council

 

We received confirmation this week that the Grant Avenue Precinct Plan was adopted by Council on 27 March. We had submitted comments on the Plan in November 2016, and most were taken into account in the final document. In particular:

 

In order to make the Plan practicable, it is important that incentives such as engineering contributions are ring-fenced to the area. 

 

Response: The City has a legislated a participative budgeting process which determines budget allocations in a 3-year budget (Medium Term Expenditure Framework, as contained in the IDP). In terms of engineering contributions specifically, which are payable to the City as part of the change in land use process, there is currently no policy to “ring fence” such contributions. However, the City is reviewing the bulk contributions policy (should be finalised in 2019) and this concept will be explored and defined in the City policy. It will therefore not be included into this document, but form part of a city-wide policy approach, if accepted. The precinct plan does however also propose a process where developers can choose projects identified in the plan to execute and through negotiation with municipal entities, could possibly get those offset from their contributions.

 

Though densification of erven along Ivy Road and east of Grant Avenue are generally welcomed by residents, NORA is concerned about the impact of densification on neighbouring, low density erven and suggests the following mitigations:

a.      Stepping down heights towards low density erven.

b.      Retention of mature landscaping bordering lower density erven.

c.      Planting of screening landscaping on the boundary of lower density erven.

 

Response: Page 85 of the Plan has now adopted these recommendations. Such would form part of rezoning conditions and Site Development Plan evaluations going forward.

 

We will publish the Precinct Plan when we receive the final copy from Council.


1 November 2016 - Grant Avenue Precinct Plan feedback

 

The City recently presented the final Grant Avenue Precinct Plan to the NORA Committee. We believe that the plan is a thoughtful response to the challenges of our high street, and if properly implemented, will improve Grant Avenue and surrounds. Our full commentary on the Plan is available for download.

 

 

Post updates and other information can be found on the Welcome to Grant Avenue Facebook page. 

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GRANT AVENUE PRECINCT PLAN_NORA COMMENT.
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29 June 2016 - Final draft presentation of the Grant Avenue Precinct Plan

 

The City of Johannesburg and a professional team presented the final Grant Avenue Precinct Plan at a  well attended meeting in the old gym above Meat on Grant on Grant Avenue. 

 

A budget forecast of R80-million was presented to deliver a number of improvements to the high street, including traffic controls at the corner of William and Grant, a revamp of Norwood Park, and optimisation of the public parking lot outside Nando's.

 

Resident, and NORA committee member, Frank Julicher made a plea for members of the community to become involved in establishing a management forum to represent property owners, residents and businesses and merchants. The work of the forum will be to contract service providers to manage and protect the best elements of Grant Avenue's vibrant street culture and work at holding the city to account on delivering against the plan. 

 

Post updates and other information can be found on the Welcome to Grant Avenue Facebook page. 

 

 


The Grant Avenue Precinct Plan is a city initiative to improve the Norwood high street. On this page you'll find links to all the the plans submitted to council, research conducted, news on the action group, and updates on the Grant Avenue management forum as they are made available.

 

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