Proposed Brackenfell Business Improvement District

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Jan
27

Following initial groundwork the process to establish a Special Rating Area (SRA – also known as a City Improvement District) in the Brackenfell business area is now well underway. Property owners, residents and members of the community in the Brackenfell area are well aware of incidents of crime and grime including homelessness, aggressive begging and general urban degradation that are escalating in the area. These problems are of great concern and need to be addressed.

 

A group of concerned property owners in association with the Brackenfell Community Police Forum and the Okavango Sakekamer has taken the initiative to seek solutions to these problems, and they are appealing to the community, especially property and business owners to support the initiative to establish an SRA.  The Brackenfell Business Improvement District (BBID) Steering Committee believes that establishing the SRA will lead to significant upgrading of the public urban environment.

 

What is a Special Ratings Area (SRA)?

  • A statutory body established under the SRA by-law of the City of Cape Town previously known as a City Improvement District (CID).
  • The SRA is funded by way of an additional rate collected from rate payers by the City of Cape Town and paid to the management board of the proposed Brackenfell Business Improvement District SRA.
    • The additional rate will pay for supplementary municipal services within the defined area such as security, cleansing and other urban upgrade initiatives as described in a business plan.

 

Why do we need the SRA?

  • It will reduce crime, grime and homelessness though improved management of the area.
  • It will provide a safer, cleaner and friendlier public environment.
  • Public space will be upgraded and property values tend to increase within SRA’s.

 

How does it work?

  • ‘Top up’ services will be added to those provided by the City.
  • The additional rate may only be used for services in the designated area as outlined in the agreed business plan.
  • An SRA provides property owners with a direct say in the management of the designated area.

 

The BBID Steering Committee has appointed Geocentric to assist them in the establishment process.  The first step is to establish the needs of a Special Ratings Area in Brackenfell through a public perception survey. The survey will be conducted in the area over the next two weeks.  Once complete the survey will inform the BBID Steering Committee and establish a better understanding of the needs of the community in the area.  The community and in particular business and property owners will be informed and involved in the process.

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