Greendale development gets go-ahead

Greendale is set to become a business hub. Harare city council has approved the suburb’s development plan, aimed at achieving world-class city status by 2025, The Zimbabwean has learnt.

According to council minutes, the development plan – Plan 56 – seeks to create a thriving community that meets the day-to-day needs of residents.

“The new Greendale development plan will usher in a new period of planning for the city, which is progressive and in tandem with current global trends customised to suit the residents’ needs,” said Psychology Chiwanga, Harare’s director of urban planning.

Greendale will be bounded by Arcturus Road to the north, Harare Drive and Berly Drive to the east, Mutare Road to the south and Glenara Avenue and Kew Drive to the west. The area is approximately 5.5km from the central business district to the east of the city.

“The plan’s major objectives are to promote the development of facilities and activities that have a national character and interest. This will be achieved through densification, cluster housing, flats development, promotion of regeneration and growth of shopping centres as well as creation of a business and employment corridor along Mutare Road,” said Chiwanga.

The plan was first initiated in September 2007, adopted by the previous council in February 2013 and finally approved by the present council.

The minutes further reveal that the plan will be on public view for six weeks, accompanied by a notice in the press.

Chiwanga admitted, however, that although there had been no objections to the plan during consultations, most residents and business operators in Greendale thought more could be done.

Stewart Mutizwa, councillor for Ward 9 Greendale-Mandara, told The Zimbabwean that the plan was long overdue.

“In the face of economic meltdown and unemployment, the plan comes as a relief. Most residents needed to venture into the property business through subdivision and clustering of their stands. Consequently, this will also accommodate the small entrepreneurs who operate from home, in a healthy and safe living environment,” he said.

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