Cape Town calls on public to comment on reduced off-street parking requirements



Through Sisonke Mlamla 33 m ago

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Cape Town – The city called on residents and stakeholders to comment on the map delineating reduced off-street parking requirements for developments in areas with ‘good’ access to MyCiTi service, minibus taxis, trains and the Golden Arrow bus service. (Gabs).

The City of Cape Town has proposed to approve a map (plan) that indicates the zones it deems to have requirements for public transport zones 1 and 2 (zones PT1 and PT2), and to modify Annex C of the diagram. Development Management System (DMS) accordingly.

The city said the map shows the demarcations of the PT1 and PT2 zones based on comprehensive data on the use of food and express services MyCiTi, Gabs, trains and minibus-taxis.

“Residents and interested and affected parties are invited to participate and submit their comments on the PT1 and PT2 signs on the map and whether these should be approved by council and whether council should amend the city planning by-law. (MPBL) to register the plan in appendix C ”, specifies the City.

He said the city’s Development Management Scheme (DMS) stipulated minimum off-street parking requirements for new developments.

“The DMS distinguishes between areas well served by public transport services and those where residents depend on their private vehicles and therefore would need off-street parking. “

The City said the map which is now available for public comment takes into account the impact of regular, high-quality public transport on reducing private vehicle use and the subsequent drop in demand for parking in the city. the areas served by these trunk and food services, being it is a bus, train or minibus-taxi.

Gabs spokesperson Bronwen Dyke-Beyer said they would study the proposed plan and be able to comment afterwards.

The Democratic Taxi Association (Codeta) Congress and the Cape Amalgamated Taxi Association (Cata) said they were unaware of the city’s proposal.

Codeta spokesman Andile Khanyi said they were supposed to be briefed by the city before it was released to the public as they were most affected.

The City said this was in line with its goal of reducing reliance on private vehicles and adopting policies that would promote development focused on public transport and short walking and cycling distances, and improve the efficiency of public transport services.

“By reducing off-street parking requirements, the City can free up valuable space for development. So instead of providing off-street parking areas, developers can choose to use the space for more productive uses.

Residents and interested and affected parties are encouraged to participate in this process and take the opportunity to submit their comments to [email protected] before January 31.

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