GEORGE NEWS - The extension of the validity period of the environmental approval for a commercial waterfront development at the Garden Route Dam has been withdrawn.
According to Delia Power, acting head of the George Municipality's planning department, it was withdrawn because the decision had not been made "in terms of the correct delegation". She said the municipality had applied that the approval period, which lapses in November 2020, be extended till 16 September 2024. "The final decision of the minister is now being awaited."
She said the application for extension of the approval was launched with the new planning in mind that includes a tertiary education institution. This is now in a conceptual phase.
Asked if any development proposals for the waterfront development are in the pipeline, she said, "The land has to be rezoned first and we are now busy with an application that still has to undergo public participation. The rezoning application was launched due to interest from various groups to establish an institution for tertiary education in George. The commercial development that was permitted in the original environmental approval, will form part of an integrated development, if the application is successful."
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