This will provide regional connectivity and opportunities with neighbouring municipalities = co-operative governance.
FULLY INTEGRATED AND COMPLETELY SUSTAINABLE LIVING - no need to commute daily out of the node
A network of interconnected villages; higher density, fine grained and mixed uses are located at the local district centres.
Retail and commercial uses at street level with commercial offices and residential homes situated above.
Larger commercial and industrial land uses are located on the edges of the villages with direct access to the arterial transport network. Priority will be given to these sectors initially to promote economic activity and drive future demands of other sectors.
A variety of residential land uses, including medium density row housing, town houses and compact residential development catering for a cross-section of users surround the local district centres.
Existing shortage of “General” Industrial Land.
Demand for land to support the growth of the Automotive Sector. The site is within 30km of the existing Automotive Complex in the Prospecton and Umbogintwini areas eThekwini Municipality has undertaken studies to indicate the demand for General Industrial Land for a variety of sectors in the short to medium term. Current demand is 112.5ha per annum (45 net ha), which equates to 2250ha over the next 20 years.
A further study on the growth prospects of the Municipality to achieve a 7% growth in GDP by 2020 as well halve unemployment and poverty to meet the targets as set out in the New Growth Path; an area comparable to the South Durban Basin (1600ha) of industrial land needs to be unlocked by 2020.
A study prepared by Transnet on the land requirements needed to support the Port Expansion proposed, indicated that approximately 15ha per year will be required from the time of commissioning the Port expansion project up to ten years – just to accommodate the demand for container storage yards; warehousing and distribution yards. Recent SIP2 studies indicate the following projected new industrial space demand in eThekwini using a low and high road forecast:
South of eThekwini planned to be identified as Autotropolis with linkages to Harbour and New Dug out Port North of eThekwini planned to be identified as Aerotropolis with linkages to Airport.
Finningley and Illovo ASP will be able to contribute to the forecasted automotive demand.
Positive discussion with Dube Tradeport to be a feeder airport for imports and exports DG of Province discussing extending IDZ to incorporate Finningly air and industrial precinct. Strong linkages between regional automotive industry and race track precinct
A green city destination for international and local tourists.
Planned development will provide more intensive agricultural use and outputs toward 4 times food security than currently
Agriculture employment numbers in the final development will be 5 times higher than current employment