Plettenberg Bay has identified five new major developments for the city, the creation of a small boat harbour, a hotel and a housing development for low income earners.

The major new developments were proposed at the urban integration and sustainable human development conference at the weekend. One of the major plans identified at the conference is the building of an urban corridor on either side of the N2 highway, close to the exciting entrance to Plettenberg Bay, from KwaNokuthula to the Bossiesgif / Qolweni node over a distance of 5 km.

The Bossiesgif / Qolweni urban node will be rebuilt as formal housing. Over 200 residential simplex units will be built on Marine Way, one of the main routes into the current town centre, and 258 units each of 76 sqm will be built on municipal land to provide family housing for the lower income groups.

The proposed new town centre will be built in the Ladywood urban precinct. The centre will incorporate municipal offices, a magistrate's court, tourism offices and commercial and governmental offices.

In the exciting town centre of Plettenberg Bay, the site of the municipal offices will be regenerated as a hotel plus conference centre, with an open plaza for recreation and sites for shops. The area will be called Anchor Place, after the anchor of a wreck that is preserved on site.

A small boat harbour with 60 moorings for a marina and a yacht club are planned for the mouth of the Piesang River, close to the Beacon Isle Hotel. Other plans for the present town area include a nature area, a cultural precinct and walking trail. There will also be a sculpture garden, a cycling route and a new taxi rank and market. An industrial park, will be laid out on 17, 8ha of land to the south of KwaNokuthula and 43 erven will be available for light industry at an average of 2, 280 sqm each. This will be called Kwano Industry.
There are some big projects on the drawing board that will see exciting changes in Plettenberg Bay. The most controversial issue will be the site of the small boat harbour and the Keurbooms River may be considered as an alternative venue. Funding will come from loan finance and the sale of real estate owned by the Bitou Municipality and discussions have begun with the Development Bank of South Africa. The time frame for the entire project is of the order of five years and construction of the new town centre and municipal offices should start in 18 months.

We will keep you posted ones more information becomes available.

Regards from a sunny but windy Plettenberg Bay

Article by: Val Ludgrove