ALL trees in Pinelands HPOZ are protected, and an application must be made to cut down trees.
As with other laws, people may not always be aware of the restrictions that apply or may simply flout the law, and what has happened at 74 Forest Drive, for example, is the result.
PROCESS TO GET AN APPROVAL in terms of SECTION 162 OF THE CITY OF CAPE TOWN MUNICIPAL BYLAW TO FELL A TREE:
The owner of the property in question, or person with Power of Attorney from the owner, submits an application to Council in terms of Section 162 of the City of Cape Town Municipal Bylaw.
This is mostly still done by personally coming into the Media City Building, to the public counter on the second floor. All information received from the applicant, as per the requirements (attached “LUM Submission Requirements”) are uploaded electronically through the DAMS system and circulated for comment.
As part of the advertising process, the application is routed to Environmental and Heritage Management, who will visit the site and make an assessment to determine the significance of the tree(s) in question.
This comment is received by Land Use Management, who then take the decision on the Land Use application.
If you open the link to the Planning Portal at the end of the attached document: (“LUM Submission Requirements”) and click on “Applications” and then “Land Use” the Application Form and Power of Attorney form will be available for the applicant to download.
If there is a transgression of the Municipal Bylaw (and hence section 162 that refers to Trees in HPOZ areas) the case is reported for enforcement.
If anybody does see trees being cut down or is aware of something imminent, in the Pinelands HPOZ, please do immediately call either Monica Nteyi (Monica.Nteyi@capetown.gov.za and on 021 400 6528) or Ivan Mongaile (Ivan.Mongaile@capetown.gov.za and on 021 400 6523).
We need many more eyes and ears out on the roads in Pinelands HPOZ