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- Council approves the Maun Development Plan 2023-2043
- An estimated 17,000 households between 2023-2043 projected
- Half of the projected population to be adopted within Maun built up area
- Other half will be accommodated in the new growth area in Boseja and Disaneng
- Councilors call for implementation of the plan
The Maun Development Plan 2023-2043, which was approved by the North West District Council this week has paved way for land allocation in Maun, an exercise which was recently halted by Tawana Land Board pending its approval.
Contracted to JS Planning Designs, the plan commenced in 2021 and before being drafted consultative meetings were conducted across the district.
Presenting the final plan to North West District Councilors on Tuesday, JS Planning Designs representative, Tshepho Sitale indicated that they have discovered infill areas within the built-up area of Maun therefore this presents a huge potential to accommodate future population growth without sprawling out into the Greenfields of the village.
According to him, the land identified for the infill measures a total of 680ha yielding 2498 residential plots. He explained that an infill is the development of vacant or under-utilised land within existing settlements in order to optimize the use of infrastructure, increase urban densities and promote integration when small areas of vacant land in urban or rural areas are developed.
“The calculation of projected population concluded that there will be an estimated 17,000 households over the plan period of 2023-2043. The adopted approach is to accommodate half of that projected population within Maun built up area, while the other half will be accommodated in the new growth area in Boseja and Disaneng,” Sitale explained.
Sitale further revealed that the proposed neighbor-hood layout has yielded 6,964 residential plots to be allocated in Maun. He indicated that the concept entails easily identifiable blocks, defined by 30-metre-wide road reserve on the outside and internal connectors inside.
He emphasised that due to the priority given to green urban growth and high-density residences, the layout has made provision for large plots approximately 2 hectares each that can accommodate a variety of housing typologies as part of private sector and public sector led partnership to develop new high density housing typologies in Maun.
The blocks, he said will be able to accommodate commercial, civic and industrial use when fully developed within the prevailing framework adding that provision has been made for a large block to accommodate plots for civic and community uses such as schools and community recreation area.
Commenting on the presentation Khwai/Mababe councilor Kebareeditse Ntsogotho called for the implementation of the development plan as planned, arguing that the past ones failed on implemention. He pleaded for various stakeholders to be kept on board to ensure smooth implementation by the year 2024.
For his part, Sankoyo/Shorobe councilor Oabile Chombo who also shared the same sentiments urged various stakeholders to work jointly to ensure that the plan is implemented by 2024 and it reaches its targeted planned projects by 2043.