The City of Cape Town has encouraged Capetonians to come out and voice their opinions at the upcoming hearings on heritage protection plans for the historic Bo-Kaap.
The hearings will take place on Saturday 9 February in the Banqueting Hall on the 5th floor of the Cape Town Civic Centre, 12 Hertzog Boulevard, from 10am.
The City's Marian Nieuwoudt says various members of the mayoral committee (Mayco) will also be in attendance in order to help achieve an informed decision.
We expect that it will be an emotional conversation for everybody.— Alderman Marian Nieuwoudt, MayCo member - spatial planning and environment
We need to understand how important it is for the community to get the protection and be ensured that the overlay will be considered as part and parcel of the criteria for future development.— Alderman Marian Nieuwoudt, MayCo member - spatial planning and environment
The implementation of the Heritage Protection Overlay Zone will not mean that development will be entirely scrapped in Bo-Kaap.
However, it will ensure that there are limitations in order to preserve and protect the integrity of the streetscape, Nieuwoudt explains.
The public participation process is in its third week.
Members of the public have until 22 February to comment.
Click here for details on how to comment on the proposed Heritage Protection Overlay Zoning for Bo-Kaap.
Listen to the discussion with Melanie Rice: