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New Cape Town City Council submission process


Up until now the process of submitting plans to the Cape Town city council has been fraught with difficulties. It typically involved submitting 4 sets of coloured in plans and lugging these back and forth from council when and if they needed to be amended. Most times council lost some of the consultants plans and we had to charge our clients for disbursements 3 times over for council’s failure to keep track of the plans.


Now the Cape Town city council are introducing a digital submission process called the Development Application Management System (DAMS). This system is an attempt to standardise the processing of Development Applications and to ensure visibility and transparency at every step of the process (we hope!). DAMS is hoped to take council into the “digital generation”. They have taken about 2 years to develop the system and it kicks off on the 1st April 2014.

It means that submissions, where they used to consist of hard copies, will now consist of pdf’s on a flash drive. It will be very interesting to see how council will handle this – it is slightly nerve wracking to embark on a new process but at the same time it is commendable that they are trying to keep up to date with the latest technologies in the industry. Time will tell!

If you need more information on DAMS then go to the City of Cape Town website.

Article originally on www.peerutinarchitects.co.za

The R80 billion plan to sink Cape Town’s rail lines

This is the vision for a section of the Cape Town CBD for the year 2030 by Makeka Design Lab. The idea is the brain child of Mokena Makeka, the Principal and Creative Director of Makeka Design Lab.

In 2011, a R80 billion regeneration project for the Cape Town Station precinct and more than 50 hectaresof land between Woodstock and Culemborg was proposed to radically alter Cape Town’s inner city and breathe life into a “dead area”. Plans included the recovery of shipwrecks from below the Cape Town station and the dropping of the railway tracks between Cape Town and Salt River to allow for expanded terrestrial development.

The ambitious inner-city facelift was unveiled at a 2011 City of Cape Town mayoral committee meeting and was one of seven national transport orientated development projects being considered by the former agency, Intersite, the the property division of the Passenger Rail Agency of SA. As about half of the city’s commuters relied on rail transport, Cape Town’s regeneration was a “high priority”, said Intersite chief executive officer Cromet Molepo.

The rail corridors would have nodes and stations, each with a unique character and economic profile. According to Makeka said there would be four neighbourhoods linked by a central spine or grand promenade.

  •  Neighbourhood A would be mixed-use with a cultural centre, museum and boutique hotels.
  •  Neighbourhood B would be a centre of technological research and education.
  •  Neighbourhood C would be a government services area with staff housing and parliamentary loft apartments.
  •  Neighbourhood D would be a health and lifestyle area with clinics, sport medical centres and a fitness park.

Makeka said challenges included the zoning rights that would be needed to get a project of this magnitude off the ground, and the “substantial” amount of infrastructure that would be placed underground.

Article originally on futurecapetown.com