The proposed Beaconvale area supports a business mix including some light industries as well as various industrial parks and a retail spine along Connaught Road and Jan Smuts Street. The public environment is clearly in distress with marked levels of urban degradation. Most business owners are aware of crime, concerned about crime or have been directly affected by crime in the area. Property owners of adjacent communities such as Elsies River Industrial, Parow Industrial, Epping Industrial and properties owners in the Voortrekker Road Corridor have already invested in their urban management by establishing their own Special Rating Areas commonly known as city improvement districts.
The steering committee has identified the Special Rating Area (SRA) model as a basis to address problems and counter any potential for further urban decay and the further increase of crime in the area. The formation of an SRA in the area will enable the establishment of a statutory body to manage and implement additional public safety and urban management operations in addition to those services provided by the City of Cape Town. The property owners from the area will pay an additional rate to fund additional municipal services for that specific area as set out in this business plan for the proposed Beaconvale Improvement District (BVID). The additional municipal services typically include the provision of additional public safety, cleansing services, maintenance and/or upgrading of the urban public environment and/or infrastructure and social services that addresses social issues in the area.
The SRA additional rates is collected by the City from property owners in the area and paid to the BVID, a Non Profit Company (NPC). The budget will be dedicated to the specific area only and will be spent in accordance with the approved Business Plan. The additional rates paid by the property owners in the area means an equitable split based on municipal property valuation. The cost of the additional services allows individual property owners to benefit from a well-managed business node including a shared sense of communal pride, safety and social responsibility.
Vision, Mission and Goals of the Proposed Beaconvale Improvement District
The vision of the BVID is to establish and maintain a safe, clean, well-managed Industrial District that attracts and retains business investment and activities in the area.
It is the mission of the BVID to implement a strategy to counter urban degeneration of the area by creating a safe and attractive Industrial District.
The Proposed Beaconvale Improvement District has the following goals:
- Reducing crime significantly by proactive visible patrolling and cooperation with existing SAPS and City of Cape Town Law Enforcement efforts as well as other security service providers in the area.
- Creating a safe and clean public environment by addressing issues of maintenance and cleaning of streets, pavements and public spaces.
- Manage existing and new public infrastructure for the future benefit of all the users of the area.
- Protect property values.
- Attract new investment to the area.
- Support the promotion of the BVID industrial area as a safe and clean environment by promoting greening, energy efficiency, recycling and risk/disaster management.
- Support and promote social responsibility in the area
- The sustained and effective management of the BVID area.