At the Council Meeting held on Wednesday, 31 October 2018, Executive Mayor Ald Dudley Coetzee confirmed that the Municipality is currently busy with the 2nd review of the current 5 year Integrated Development Plan (IDP) - i.e. 2019/20 IDP review.
In his IDP review directional speech, Mayor Coetzee explained that an IDP review allows Council the opportunity to ‘pause and assess’ whether they are still on track in attaining the strategic direction set in the 5 year IDP of 2017/2021.
The Mayor urged all stakeholders to actively participate and engage in the platforms created for the 2019/20 IDP and Budget review process.
“As always, the public will have the opportunity to submit written inputs on both the draft IDP review and draft Budget in April 2019,” he said.
Furthermore, cognisance should be taken that for this 2019/20 IDP review the Overstrand Executive Management Team has collectively decided to retain the strategic direction set in the current 5 year IDP. The vision, mission and strategic objectives will therefore remain unchanged.
With this 2019/20 IDP review process,” we acknowledge the highlights of the past financial year but more importantly the areas that require our attention moving forward,” the Mayor added.
The preliminary priorities for the 2019/20 IDP review process are as follows:
- The civil unrest of the past few months impacted our community. The Municipality has initiated a mediation process between all affected parties. We will also approve and implement a strategy to deal with civil unrest in the Municipality.
- We will launch a diversity management initiative to, amongst others, promote anti-racism in the Overstrand.
- Through our communication efforts we will proactively work to restore the relationship between the Municipality and our Overstrand community.
- The Municipality acknowledges the increasing housing need. Some of the actions proposed are:
- Rethink our housing strategy- investigate the provision of more serviced sites and less top structures;
- Investigate the creation of a new town as the extension of an existing town in the Greater Hermanus areas;
- Investigate proposals for the “management” of backyard dwellings in the Overstrand.
- There is a need for government support services in the municipal area to advance social upliftment. We must intensify our efforts to lobby government departments to take up permanent office space at the Hawston Thusong Centre. Similarly, we must source funding for the extension of the Thusong centre.
- We will finalise the informal trading by-law with the aim to stimulate the informal economy in disadvantaged areas.
- The review of our Spatial Development Framework (SDF) is in process and it must allow for growth and development in the municipal area.
- We are in the process of re-instating our refuse recycling strategy.
What is the IDP?
The Integrated Development Plan (IDP) is a 5 year development plan of the Municipality that is required by local government legislation.
The current 5 year IDP was approved by Council on 31 May 2017 and covers the period from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2022.
The IDP has to be reviewed annually for the duration of the 5 year period. We are now in the process of the 2nd IDP review for the 5 year cycle (i.e. 2019/20 IDP review).
The IDP informs the Municipal Budget. Therefore parallel with the IDP review process is the compilation of the 2019/20 Budget.
After budget consideration, the proposed priorities cited below will appear in the draft 2019/20 IDP review before Council for approval in March 2019.
The draft 2019/20 Budget will also serve before Council in March 2019.