Bulawayo will integrate neighboring areas
Bulawayo City Council is expected to use the ongoing boundary exercise to finalize boundary changes that will see the city incorporate areas under the Umguza Rural District Council.
Presidential Proclamation 15E of 2004 and subsequent Statutory Instruments (SI) which created the metropolitan provinces of Bulawayo and Harare, the metropolitan boundaries were declared to cover a radius of up to 40 kilometers and in Bulawayo most of these areas are under the jurisdiction of Umguza. ground floor.
However, there has been confusion over the implementation of this IS with a number of suburbs including Mbundane and Emthunzini in the city operating without key social amenities as BCC and Umguza RDC continue the tiff on which the authority local is responsible for connecting water and sewer. crosslinking systems.
Umguza RDC at one point accused BCC of trying to “steal” its land without any compensation. According to a BCC report, the local authority’s Acting Director of Town Planning, Mr. Wisdom Siziba, revealed that the demarcation exercise was the right time to implement and address boundary modification issues. .
This means the city could see the addition of more local authority seats in incorporated areas. He revealed that so far they have come up with a compensation formula for the loss of revenue from the affected DRC.
“The inventory of the roads to be taken over was drawn up and it was agreed that the assessment of the compensation for the infrastructure would take place at the time of the handover. The incorporation process was suspended due to constitutional provisions until in 2023. on its position for incorporations,” Mr. Siziba said.
He noted that the areas for incorporation were determined after studies revealed that despite the fact that there is developable land within the current municipal boundaries, the CWB master plan will need to allocate land outside the existing municipal boundaries to meet projected land needs over the plan period.
“It should be recalled that the Operational Master Plan was prepared in 2000 and approved in 2004. This was a review of the 1982 Master Plan, the first such plan to be prepared in Zimbabwe under the Act of 1976 on regional, urban and rural planning.
“It should also be recalled that the Master Plan had identified areas within Umguza DRC to be included within the city limits. appropriate to meet the future needs of Bulawayo until 2034 and to establish a strong and sustainable local economic base in Bulawayo,” reads the report.
He further noted that the incorporation aims to provide sustainable physical infrastructure to facilitate social and economic development and to establish forward-thinking management for Bulawayo with adequate resources to meet the development needs of the city.
“In terms of the master plan, Umguza RDC and the Department of Land Use Planning and Urban Development have dealt with a number of residential development schemes.
“Following the development undertaken at Rangemore, a Memorandum of Understanding has been entered into between BCC and URDC. The main objective of this Memorandum of Understanding is to provide the Rangemore area with water services, sewer and solid waste disposal. It is envisaged that the MoU will evolve into incorporation,” the report read.
Regarding the areas that will be incorporated, the Acting Director of Urban Planning said; “These include Reigate and Hopeville.
There is an informal settlement in Cabatsha. Farms have also been allocated near the Mopane airport. In addition to being identified for incorporation by the master plan, part of the area is also covered by SI 212/99 which created Ward 2.
“In the lower and upper area of Rangemore, the area is zoned high density residential in terms of Bulawayo’s operating master, but has yet to be incorporated into Greater Bulawayo. Notable developments in Rangemore in terms of housing construction were Emthunzini and Mbundane.”