Wherry Rd Triangle Property owners choose inclusion in the MID Boundary

wherry rd triangleThe MID is pleased to announce that 69% of the property owners (still to be verified by the City of Cape Town) in the Wherry Road Triangle have signed consent in support of the application for their streets to be included in the Muizenberg Improvement District

 

The MID Board thanks all those who assisted in championing this project and particularly those who helped MID director, Marion Wagner collect the last 14 consent forms needed to proceed. Our thanks to: Gudrun Scott, David Bellamy, Cheryl Narunsky, Craig Ackers, Ilze Olckers and Marion Stevens for the time they put into this.

As a result, the MID has met the submission deadline for the Boundary Extension application which, if approved by the City, will become effective from the new financial year on 1 July 2017.

Our thanks to all property owners in the Wherry Rd Triangle for the vote of confidence and we will keep you updated as to the outcome.

The article below was originally published 18 May and updated 14 Sept 2016:

Many property owners in the ‘Wherry Rd Triangle’ have pressed to be included in the Muizenberg Improvement District (MID) so they can also enjoy the top-up services of public safety patrols, street cleaning and environmental upliftment. Extending the border has been on the MID agenda for some time and the current Board is now taking the process forward. We’ve spent substantial time looking at the feasibility of a boundary extension and preparing the documentation. The Muizenberg Improvement District NPC intends to apply to extend its boundary to include Henley and Wherry Roads and parts of Clevedon and Cromer Roads in terms of the City of Cape Town Special Rating Area By-Law and SRA Policy. The application affects all rate paying properties within this area and all property owners were mailed letters informing them of the process.

Owners in the affected roads were invited to consult with the MID Board about the benefits and levies at a public meeting  7 June 2016.  If you were unable to attend the meeting you can still sign the consent form.

Please click HERE to download the Consent Form and Guidelines

When you have completed the form  please email the scanned form to MID Directors Lesley Schroeder stakeholder@mid.org.za or  Marion Wagner Tel: 081 425 0685  socialdevelopment@mid.or.za. We can also  arrange to collect the form from you or you can  post the consent form to the Muizenberg Improvement District 85 Main Road Muizenberg 7945.

If you are a tenant please let your landlord know about the proposed extension.

The decision is in the hands of Property owners

In terms of current legislation and by-laws, the boundary extension can only be approved if a minimum of 60% of property owners in Clevedon, Cromer, Henley & Wherry Roads consent in writing. There are 78 properties which means at least 47 owners need to sign consent. If this is achieved, the MID will proceed and submit an application with all supporting consent forms to the City no later than 30 September 2016

The application will be advertised for 60 days to allow public comment. The last step is for the application (with the public comment) to be tabled at a full council meeting for consideration. Implementation can then take place from 1 July 2017.

Having moved from a home that was within the MID boundary to one in the Wherry Rd triangle, I am a strong advocate for our inclusion in the MID district. There is no doubt that I felt safer and the area around me was cleaner in the MID district. There was a feeling of a “back-up” system in place when I needed help dealing with the City Council. Strengthening the MID by widening its previous border can only be good for Muizenberg as a whole.” Cheryl Narunsky, Property Owner

“Muizenberg is no longer second choice. It’s become a destination. It’s known as the best all year round surfing spot and you can see that with the beachfront packed to capacity even in winter months. The impact of the Muizenberg Improvement District on the eradication of slumlords and the general upliftment of the whole area is clear to see. In the last two years we’ve seen a dramatic surge in the property values of homes in the village with increases as high as 100 percent.” Errol King, Franchisee, Rawson Properties, Muizenberg:

Estimated levies

Multiply your municipal property value by 0.000847 and divide by 12. For example, if  your house is valued at 1.6 Million your levy will be R113 per month excluding VAT

The impact for residents in the Wherry Road triangle is that they will be part of a vibrant Improvement District that facilitates focused support and services in their area.

Each MID director has a portfolio suited to their expertise and they put energy and effort into the things that make a community work better so there is a long list of benefits. Here are a few of them:

  • A close watch is kept on problem buildings and the MID collaborates with the community and the city to stop tenant overcrowding and property vandalism.
  • Joint safety operations are undertaken with SAPS, Law Enforcement, City Departments, Metrorail, Neighbourhood Watch (MCSI) and community organisations.
  • While home owners need to be part of their neighbourhood watch and organise their own armed response service, everyone benefits from the MID 24 hour public safety patrol which attends to issues impacting on public safety and assists locals and visitors in public areas.
  • MID collaborates with the community to plant and maintain medicinal and indigenous gardens in public areas.
  • MID provides additional cleaning of streets, clearing of gutters and weeds, and mobilises regular volunteer community clean-ups
  • MID sources extra funding for environmental upliftment and facilitates infrastructural upgrades in public spaces. For example, the upgrade of Surfer’s Circle has been completed and the pedestrianisation of York Street is underway.

 

Read our earlier news report on the boundary extension here 

Issued by Lesley Schroeder, Stakeholder Engagement Director, MID

About the MID:

The Muizenberg Improvement District (MID) is a geographic area where property owners have contracted to pay a levy to facilitate a joint effort by the City of Cape Town and the local community to ensure more effective management of public areas and promote business confidence. The Muizenberg Improvement District is a legal not-for-profit company under the City’s Special Rating Areas by-law and also governed by the South African Companies Act 2008.

It is within this governance framework that the MID implements its mandate. This is driven by collaboration and the provision of top-up services in four distinct but integrally related areas of cleaning, environmental upliftment, social development and public safety.
The MID collaborates with city and provincial departments, state owned entities, NGOs and a wide range of residents and business people to improve Muizenberg. Improving means ‘adding to’ not taking away the responsibility for services. Therefore the MID provides strategic direction and puts focused pressure on City and Government agencies whose job it is to police and deliver services.

Enquiries: Chevone Petersen manager@mid.org.za

Phone: 082 463 1525