Final scoping report for Cape Town Stadium open for comment

The Cape Town Stadium has the potential to improve its financial viability by accommodating new commercial ventures, but the reaction to this has been mixed.

The scoping report which has been released recently for public comment has seen questions being raised on the increased traffic congestion, urban creep and how the increase of advertisements would affect the area.

The stadium is currently operating at a loss and it could benefit greatly if they use the approximately 20 000 m² of office and retail space which currently exists within the stadium for other commercial activities.

If the current financial situation continues the City will be required to push more money towards maintaining and operating the stadium. However before the city can go ahead on allowing more commercial activities to take place at the stadium they will have to be granted environmental authorisation. 

The current conditions of the Environmental Authorisation granted in January 2007 restrict commercial operations within the stadium to event days only. An application to review these environmental conditions has been initiated. 

It has been reported that some of the activities that could be initiated at the stadium include coffee and book shops at street level on the edges of the stadium, whilst a fitness and wellness gym has also been proposed. If the stadium is re-zoned for general business, the increase of commercial parking could also help to generate income.

The main priority however is to find an anchor tenant, according to Garreth Bloor, the mayoral committee member for tourism, events and economic development. Such a tenant according to Bloor would help to secure a dynamic events calendar.

However the rezoning of the stadium would also mean that the edge of CBD will be extended to Green Point. Here the The Green Point Ratepayers' and Residents' Association said it was "unequivocally opposed in principle to the commercialisation of the public open space". As the commercialisation was inevitable, the association called for the noise impact of activities such as a nightclub, be controlled.

Right now interested and affected parties are invited to submit comments on the Final Scoping Report, up to and including 23 January 2015. Once all the comments have been received and documented and final report will be submitted to the Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning.
Registered parties have been notified of the availability of this report for comment and it can also be viewed at the Sea Point Library, or directly accessed from 
The Assessment Phase is anticipated to commence in the first quarter of 2015, when potential impacts will be evaluated. Members of the public will be advised that the Assessment Report is available via notices in the media. An invitation for further public input and comments will be issued alongside the Assessment Report.

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