UIP Ballito

UIP Ballito Establishment Update For 28th July 2014

 

UIP Ballito Establishment Update For 28th July 2014

This week 3 forms were signed and we would like to thank the following supporters:

  • Graham Parsons x 1 form
  • David Mulroy x 1 form
  • Lindsay Hall x 1 form 

 

Establishment Summary

  • Percentage of property value secured 63% of all commercial property in the UIP boundary.
  • Number of commercial properties signed up: 311 representing 59% of the required 66%
  • Only 34 more forms needed to reach 66%

 

Our work has only just begun and we want to get more property owners on board, so if you would like to join the UIP contact UIP Ballito co-ordinator Clare Swithenbank Bowman on clare@ilembechamber.co.za

UIP Establishment Update For 19th May 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have reached our target of 51%!!!
This incredible news encapsulates how the collective strength of all the commercial property owners in Ballito with vision and drive can set in motion significant change.

 

What a week, with 29 forms signed!
•Percentage of property value secured: 60% of all commercial property in the UIP boundary.
•Number of commercial properties signed up: 270 representing 51% of the required target of 51%
•Only 0 more forms needed to reach 51%. 

 

Our work has only just begun and we want to get more property owners on board, so if you would like to join the UIP contact UIP Ballito coordinator Clare Swithenbank-Bowman on clare@ilembechamber.co.za

 

Ballito is experiencing growing levels of urban decay, which is negatively impacting on property values, investor confidence, business and quality of life. An Urban Improvement Precinct (UIP) is the answer to this problem and the Ilembe Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Tourism is leading the drive to establish a Ballito UIP to turn around the management of public areas in Ballito.

 

 

UIP Establishment Update for the Week Ending the 7th April 2014

UIP Establishment Update for the Week Ending the 7th April 2014

 

We received 3 signed forms this week

 

*Percentage of property value secured: 58.16% of all commercial property in the UIP boundary.

*Number of commercial properties signed up: 218 representing 41.5% of the required target of 51% *Only 52 more forms needed to reach 51%. 

 

We would like to thank our most recent supporters:

*Liz at Anfield Park - 1 form

*Wakefields - 2 forms

 

We appreciate your committment to the future of Ballito! 

To join the UIP contact UIP Ballito co-ordinator Clare Swithenbank Bowman on clare@ilembechamber.co.za

UIP Establishment update For Week Ending 31st March 2014

 

 

Ballito is experiencing growing levels of urban decay, which is negatively impacting on property values, investor confidence, business and quality of life.
An Urban Improvement Precinct (UIP) is the answer to this problem and the Ilembe Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Tourism is leading the drive to establish a Ballito UIP to turn around the management of public areas in Ballito.

 

 

UIP Establishment update For Week Ending 31st March 2014

 

We received 10 signed forms this week

• Percentage of property value secured: 58% of all commercial property in the UIP boundary.
• Number of commercial properties signed up: 215 representing 41% of the required target of 51%
• Only 55 more forms needed to reach 51%.
• We would like to thank our most recent supporters:
• David Kruger - 1 form
• Grant Laatz - 1 form
• Tony Bolt - 1 form
• Mohamed Ahmed Sadeqe Limbada - 1 form
• North Harbour Property Trust - 4 forms
• Wayne Dobeyn - 2 forms

 

We appreciate your commitment to the future of Ballito!

 

To join the UIP contact UIP Ballito co-ordinator Clare Swithenbank Bowman on clare@ilembechamber.co.za

Feedback on UIP - March 2014

 

 

Please click here to view the Map of the demarcated area for the UIP.

 

The UIP is making real headway in gaining ever increasing commercial property support. 

We need to highlight the need all signed forms from commercial property owners to be returned to the Chamber offices.  Clare can supply you with the form, please call 087 727 8630 or clare@ilembechamber.co.za   

 

We need to take control of our future in Ballito and the UIP is the answer.

 

One property, one vote!  We need yours. 

 

We need a total of 270 forms to reach 51%. We are more than half way as we have 157 forms to date and need another 113.   

 

Ballito is experiencing increasing levels of urban decay, specifically around the issues of crime, grime, by-law enforcement and general deterioration of public areas. This is negatively impacting on property values, investor confidence, business and the quality of life in Ballito.

 

The Ilembe Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Tourism has led the drive to establish an Urban Improvement Precinct (UIP) or City Improvement Precinct (CID) as it is known in Cape Town, to turn around the management of public areas in Ballito – see letter attached from the CEO.

 

Clare is running presentations every 2nd Wednesday at the ilembe Chamber offices the next 2 events being the 19th March and 2nd April at 8am. Please email clare clare@ilembechamber.co.za   We can then supply you with the legal framework, Non Profit Company governance structures, geographic boundary, scope of services, budget, reporting etc.

 

The initial target date to operationalise the UIP was August this year, unfortunately we only got Municipal Policy approved and go-ahead at the end of October 2013. We commenced the process on 1 November which required that by 15 January (municipal deadline) to have secured written support from 51% of 525 commercial property owners, given the festive season, it was not realistic. Clare is driving the petition process, to date we have secured 55% of total property value and 30% of total property owner support, our target date for securing 51%  of support is April. However we are aiming to secure a higher support threshold as it will take a collective commitment to turn around Ballito. Once 51% support is achieved an official application will be lodged with the municipality requesting commencement in the municipal financial year 1 July 2015. Once approved the municipality will pro rata the budget amongst all commercial property owners within the UIP boundary, i.e. no free loaders.

Other UIP organisations.

 

Please find a letter from Wayne Steinforth who is a property owner in Florida Road and the Chairman of the Florida Road UIP.

 

It is with regret that I read a recent article on how Ballitos UIP had not gained enough traction to achieve the 51 % required by council , in only a few months Florida road has been transformed from an area plagued by opportunistic vagrants , drug dealers openly selling on street corners and evening restaurant goers  afraid to return to their parked cars now to an area of relative safety ,  the public government partnership having given us a platform  to have a dedicated process in place that we never had before  , a road manager , a cleaning team , a greening team , dedicated  armed response vehicles  aligned with walking security patrols and a car guard management company , essentially the partnership reversed the urban decay and we are now on the up , besides the massive impact of the security component council is assisting us with lighting , they have tarred the top end  of the road , repaired the pavements , and assisted us in cleaning up , the visual impact of being in and out of the UIP is very noticeable and we are regularly called by residents in adjoining roads asking how they can come on board . 

 

Brian and Clare have also been promoting the UIP on the I love Ballito website.  Follow the links to hear the latest news:

 

Clare Swithenbank-Bowman  interview

https://soundcloud.com/i-love-ballito-radio/update-on-the-ballito-uip

 

Brian Wrights interview

https://soundcloud.com/i-love-ballito-radio/interview-with-brian-wright-1

 

 

 

From: Angela Plekker [mailto:angela@dolphincoast.com]
Sent: 05 February 2014 09:56 AM

Subject: UIP - presentation Salmon Bay House

 

UIP – Ballito

 

I am a commercial property owner within the UIP selected area who went to go and see a short presentation on the UIP.

 

It was in short very impressive and will have an enormous impact on our town. What it will essentially do is AT WORST make sure that our town stays as it is but in a secure, well maintained and ‘not scruffy’ environment, and it won’t degenerate into the towns we see all over South Africa, but AT BEST it will be able to enhance the existing facilities and continually ‘better’ the environment of the town so that it will stand out as a really special well maintained and first world town.

 

What they do on a day to day basis is continually monitor the council employees who are around but who are never overseen and therefore never go the full distance. This is cleaners, garden maintenance, beach cleaners, general maintenance etc. – so they will be ensuring that our rates are being properly utilized – that is AMAZING for a start. They will also be liasing direct will business owners and pressurizing them to take on individual upgrades and behave responsibly – also an AMAZING function.

 

They will for an example be able to take up issue like our neighbour who has nor enclosed cleaning yard right at our main entrance etc.

 

How they describe their function is to PARTNER with the council – therefore it is imperative for them to stay in a good healthy working relationship with the council officials and workers (this has been very successfully achieved where it has been done in other places) – something none of us can really do properly when you are trying to work at the same time.

 

I think it is really a total necessity in our current situation here in South Africa. The counter argument is of course that we pay our rates so we should expect good service.......but the reality is that our town has to drop below the level of others in our KwaDukuza area before we can properly argue that we are not getting our share of service. That is a scary thought – thats why i think this is a fantastic and easily workable undertaking. I think we should support it entirely.

 

Thanks

Angela

 

 

Communique to UIP Property Owners and Press Release

(Photo Credit: Northcoast Courier)

 

21 January 2014

 

The Urban Improvement Precinct (UIP) establishment process has had significant progress since November 2013 in securing support.  However there has been insufficient time given the Festive Season to secure the required 51% support of the 525 commercial owners by the end municipal deadline of end January 2014.  So far 44% of the total value of commercial owners which represents 18% of property owners committed their support. The initial thrust has been to secure the support of the larger property owners and thereafter to focus on the large number of sectional title units. The Steering Committee is confident the necessary support will be achieved given adequate time and has therefore decided to continue driving the petition process to achieve the official 51% support threshold. Importantly the intention is to not only secure significantly more that 51% support but to build collective support for the UIP establishment which will take place in 2015.

 

The establishment of the Ballito UIP has been driven by the fact that Metro’s and smaller municipalities are competing to retain existing investment while attracting new investment, which is critical to business confidence and the strengthening of commercial and residential property values. A review of competitive business, mixed use and tourism nodes such as the Cape Town CBD, uMhlanga Rocks and Ridge and Sandton Central will reveal the success of these nodes is largely attributed to a collective effort by property owners through a non-profit urban management structure funded by the private sector.

 

The boundary of the Ballito UIP does not include all of Ballito instead it focusses on the commercial and tourism nodes including the Ballito Business Park, Ballito Drive and Compensation Road and beachfront Salmon Bay to Willard beach.

 

The residential properties within the UIP are limited to Compensation Road and will not be included in the official UIP / SRA establishment process with the municipality. Instead residential body corporates are being approached to become voluntary members of the UIP. We will be presenting at AGM’s over the next six months to secure the required support.

 

A reminder that the aim of the UIP is to provide an accountable governance and management structure which will significantly improve public areas and quality of life thereby creating an environment that supports vibrant business, builds investor confidence and secures property values.

 

The core functions of the UIP is to establish municipal partnerships which optimises service delivery, motivates collective property owner efforts to improve the precinct as a whole, provides privately funded supplementary services including cleaning, maintenance, greening and security, implement a communication network and fault report / service request system, serve as a catalyst for social and environmental responsibility, and to ensure appropriate branding and marketing of the precinct.

 

We would like to thank all the owners who have come on board so far and look forward to the continued support in making Ballito a better place for business, tourist and residential community. 

 

You are encouraged to attend the regular UIP presentations at the Chamber offices, please email Clare Swithenbank-Bowman to confirm attendance or to send her your signed form – clare@ilembechamber.co.za

 

 

 

Total number of properties (freehold and sectional title combined)

Number of signed Support for UIP Establishment forms in hand

% signed Support for UIP Establishment forms in hand

% of property value who have signed Support for UIP Establishment forms

525

94

18%

43.53%

 

UIP Ballito kick-starts planning for cleaner, greener and well maintained public spaces

Ballito Urban Improvement Precinct Gets In Principle Agreement.

 

Ballito property owners in partnership with the Kwadukuza Municipality have agreed in principle to the establishment of an Urban Improvement Precinct (UIP) in Ballito with the aim of improving service levels to public areas, stimulating economic activity and securing property investments.

 

This important agreement follows a long process of collaboration and debate into the feasibility of a UIP in Ballito, which has resulted in the municipality adopting a resolution to research and adopt UIP policy by December 2012, allowing for the official establishment of a UIP by July 2013.

 

But what is a UIP and what does it mean for Ballito?

The UIP mechanism is based on the Municipal Property Rates Act of 2004, which makes provision for the establishment of what is technically termed a Special Rating Area (SRA).  The SRA is a defined geographic area within which the majority of commercial property owners agree to pay for certain services supplementary to those supplied by the municipality.

 

The UIP partnership mechanism was initially developed in Canada and has now spread far and wide, with international and local statistics reflecting that the UIP approach, in partnership with the municipality, results in business activity and property investment out-performing those in areas outside of managed areas.

 

The SRA is referred to by variety of descriptive names, an Urban Improvement Precinct is one term, with City Improvement Districts (CID), Business Improvement Districts (BID) or Management Districts (MD) some of the other management vehicles used both locally and abroad. South Africa’s biggest UIP success is the Cape Town City CID, where this year alone property owners will contribute nearly R40million to supplementing municipal services in Cape Town’s city centre. 

 

In Kwa-Zulu Natal, one of the most successful examples of a UIP is in uMhlanga, where there has been a marked and visible improvement in general service levels to public areas, with the area now permanently clean, green and well maintained - a pleasure to visit. Of late there has been a surge in investor confidence with substantial investment of over R2 billion secured for further development, based largely on the UIP’s track record of ensuring high service standards to public areas. 

 

This significant change in uMhlanga is the result of a partnership between uMhlanga property owners and the municipality and is the base off which Trenley Tilbrook, CEO of the iLembe Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Tourism (ICCIT) opened exploratory discussions about establishing a UIP in Ballito with Brian Wright, the driver behind the establishment and management of the Umhlanga UIPs. And so followed an extensive process of pulling together the key commercial property owners in Ballito, which resulted in a mandate from them and ICCIT members to allow Tilbrook and Wright to open initial discussions with the municipality in September 2011.

What followed was a process of building mutual understanding around the challenges and needs of both Ballito and the municipality. The municipality responded positively by establishing a UIP Task Team to assess the UIP (SRA) legislation and suitability for the KDM with the intention of Ballito serving as the pilot project for the municipality as a whole. On the basis of the favourable UIP Task Team report , which was supported by two presentations to two full council meetings on the Umhlanga UIP case study, the municipality has now adopted a resolution to research and adopt UIP (SRA)policy by December 2012.

 

Because the UIP mechanism is best suited to economic, tourism and mixed use nodes, there are two proposed precincts, which will be operationally managed as one integrated area under the Ballito UIP structure. These are the commercial node comprising the business park and surrounding commercial properties and the promenade node comprising all properties bordering the promenade and the commercial node on the southern end of the promenade.

 

Legalities aside, the UIP success will be largely determined by goodwill of both the UIP and municipality to find long-term solutions to securing the future of Ballito’s economic hub and the tourist attraction of the promenade, which is of critical importance for the municipality, property owners, businesses and stakeholders.

 

While the success of the uMhlanga UIP took five years to realise, Ballito will take less time, but expectations must be tempered as there are many challenges in servicing public space, and the UIP structure must not be seen as a cure-all for all of these. It is however the beginning of the turning of the tide on a degrading Ballito and the charting of a new path to economic success and a better KDM for all. 

 

To get a taste of out what's in store for Ballito, take a look at the UIP uMhlanga website