Plans to neutralise carbon

The Civic Centre’s side carpark is one of four sites proposed for redevelopment as carbon-neutral areas, says mayor Patricia de Lille.

The other three sites are the Mouquet farm in Diep River, the Ottery site and the Bishop Lavis town centre.

De Lille says the City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee recommended last week that Council authorise a public participation process in terms of the Municipal Asset Transfer Regulations (MATR) to make a number of sites in the metro available for redevelopment via a competitive process for the purpose of carbon-neutral development.

The proposed redevelopment forms part of the City’s commitment to the Cities Climate Leadership Group’s (C40) Reinventing Cities initiative.

“Cape Town is a proud member of the C40, an international organisation created as a forum for cities to share strategies for reducing carbon emissions and spurring global action in confronting climate change,” De Lille says.

C40 connects more than 90 of the world’s greatest cities and its membership represents over 650 million people and one quarter of the global economy.

Given the number of properties that are proposed to be made available for carbon-neutral development, some of which are considered high-value assets, the MATR accordingly requires Council’s authority to commence with public participation, De Lille says. The redevelopment would also strongly support the City’s Transit-Oriented Development Strategic Framework. The aim is to also act as a showcase for future zero-carbon urban developments.