More residential erven outside the capital

12 November 2018 | Infrastructure

With the current housing backlog, developments outside Windhoek are becoming more popular.

Yolanda Nel

Yet another development outside the capital proposes to use the surrounds to create a tranquil atmosphere set in a low density living environment.

The intended 78.8ha development located on Portion 1 of Farm Gross Haigamas nr 447 south of Windhoek, will comprise a private residential development consisting of 20 privately owned portions. Of the lot, 18 will be 3 hectares in size each, one 3.7ha and the last one 4ha.

“These types of developments are popular due to the fact that they provide living areas closer to nature while not being too far from urban centres where the necessary social, health and economic services are available,” according to information document about the development.

The idea for this came about since there is a market for smallholding sized properties that provide ample space and a natural ambience in the tranquillity of a natural setting but not too far from urban areas. This development is ideally suited for this niche market since it is situated in a rural setting while Windhoek and Omeya – that provide services like doctors, shops and schools – are close by.

According to the developers, all home owners will have to join a Home Owners Association that will be responsible for maintaining fences, streets, municipal services and other shared projects. At the moment the plan is to join the existing Out of Nature Home Owners Association, since many of the functions are already provided for by them.

Some of the existing benefits include access to the B1 and the necessary turn off lanes have already been constructed. Also, Out of Nature has strong existing boreholes which will provide water for this development. However, there is sufficient water to service all the plots. As ground water is in abundance, the option exists for owners to drill more boreholes. For the provision of electricity it is envisaged that each owner installs a solar power system. Since the collection of waterborne sewage is not economically viable for this type of development, it is envisaged that each house is provide with a septic tank.

According to the team, biophysical impacts include the effect on wild and bird life, as well as on vegetation, where trees and shrubs need to be cleared for construction. The socio-economic impact includes employment creation and additional residential erven that will be constructed. Some downfalls include possible stock theft and illegal hunting, as well as noise and dust pollution.

The last date for registering complaints, is 19 November. For more information, contact Charlie du Toit or Carien van der Walt at Green Earth Environmental Consultants at 081 127 3145 or send an email to [email protected]