Working together to protect our suburbs Dear Greenside and Emmarentia residents and business owners We are once more under siege! In 2014/2015, you, in your numbers (2479 of you in total), vehemently objected to the proposed multi-story development on Gleneagles/ Barry Hertzog. This development, in its current form, will extremely negatively affect the residential and…Details
Part of the mandate of the GRA is to protect the rights and amenity of residents of Greenside. We aim to promote Greenside, as per our precinct plan and the Regional Spatial Development Framework, as a residential suburb with a green, “leafy” character, and to protect the core residential area by ensuring that the existing neighbourhood business node (along parts of Gleneagles and Greenway roads) is contained. In order to do this we ask that all business and landowners in the suburb take time to acquaint themselves with the RSDF and the precinct plan, and abide by the restrictions on business and building activity in the node and the suburb. Greenside has an approved Precinct Plan that guides land uses in our suburb. The Precinct Plan is prepared and amended in consultation with all residents, and is approved by the City of Johannesburg. According to the Regional Spatial Development Framework for our suburb “This Sub Area contains leafy suburbs developed around the Braamfontein Spruit and surrounding open spaces. These suburbs have a distinct residential character and high amenity. Land use changes in these areas in the past were met with strong resistance from residents. The objectives for this Sub Area recognise the Community Submissions, while allowing for selective land use changes and densification, as well as the containment of existing nodes to protect the core residential areas.
LIQUOR LICENCE POLICY :
The GRA has initiated a policy with regards to all liquor licence applications made in Greenside. The RA will routinely submit an objection to any application and inform residents about this, so if they have concerns they can also object to the particular application as well. The reason for the objection is to give the RA standing and leverage to meet with the business owners concerned, and try engage with them regarding the by-laws and restrictions on trading in Greenside, and our concerns about ensuring informed, legal and responsible business activities. These include reaching agreements to: not use the restaurant licence to allow for operation as a club or pub; not allow patrons to disturb the peace; play no amplified music or entertainment; provide reasonable parking; comply with health and safety laws, etc. The GRA will also engage with the applicant/licence holder to ensure that the licence is not be transferred to a new vendor without notification to the GRA, in order to prevent a new premises auto-transferring the old licence to the new operator with alternative arrangements or licence types. The GRA will assess each application in terms of the possible impact the proposed licence and venue might have on the suburb, in terms of land use legislation, encroachment on residential areas, erosion of the buffer zone between the business node and the residential area; we also want to protect the rights and amenities of residents and other business owners in terms of noise disturbance, problem patron behaviour, infrastructure and capacity, parking availability, health and safety issues and environmental degradation. If we are satisfied that the owner is genuinely going to run a restaurant (and not a club or pub) then we have the right to withdraw our objection. Only legitimate restaurant liquor licence applications will be supported in the suburb.
The Greenside Residents Association would like to thank SAPS Parkview, JMPD and the City of Johannesburg land use management department for meeting with us on Monday 26 October. We had a very useful discussion regarding the many law enforcement issues that have long plagued the Greenside business node. These included security issues, dangerous driving, problems…Details
The closure of Mowbray Road was approved by the City of Johannesburg in 2016. This was a decision supported by the then Greenside Business Association and the Residents Association as a way to manage illegal parking, traffic congestion, problems with car guards and noise disturbances consequent to the ongoing poorly managed illegal land-uses in the…Details
Rezoning application – from residential 1 to business 1 to allow for a restaurant, Erf 225, 49 Greenfield Rd : October 2020
PLEASE SUBMIT ANY OBJECTIONS BY 6pm on TUESDAY 20th October 2020 (details below) An application has been made for the Residential 1 zoning of erf 225 Greenside (49 Greenfield Rd) to be amended and title deed restrictions to be removed to allow for the development of a ground floor restaurant with 3 dwelling units above…Details
Zoning application – Consent use for a Petrol station, Erf 211 cnr Gleneagles and Greenway : March 2020
PLEASE SUBMIT ANY OBJECTIONS BY 8pm on TUESDAY 17th March 2020 (details below) An application has been made for the Business 1 zoning of erf 211 Greenside (120 Greenway) to be amended to allow for the development of a full petrol station, with additional retail, operating 24 hours, 7 days a week, on the corner…Details
Some of you may have seen social media reports of a disturbance on Greenway on Friday night 24th January 2020, caused by a large group of people fighting in middle of the street. SAPS and JMPD were called and we have been told arrests were made. This is part of a larger, ongoing pattern of…Details
PLEASE SUBMIT ANY OBJECTIONS BY 7pm on TUESDAY 19th November 2019 – details below The GRA will be objecting (as per our policy) to the application for a restaurant liquor licence by Velvet Hour on November 1st 2019. We are not only objecting because of our policy (which is to give us standing to engage…Details