Quick FAQs on the HPOZ

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What is the Pinelands Heritage Protection Overlay Zone (HPOZ)?

The layout of Pinelands is based on the revolutionary town planning ideas of Sir Ebenezer Howard and the first “Garden City” to be developed in South Africa. The Local authority considers Pinelands as a suburb containing structures, landscaping, natural features or sites with historic, architectural, cultural or aesthetic significance and declared it a Heritage Protected Overlay Zone (HPOZ).

An HPOZ is designed to protect significant homes (many of which are historically graded or deemed architecturally significant), preserve the broader heritage value and architectural character and prevent out-of-character development in the area. 

When was the HPOZ proclaimed?

It was official in March 2013

Where is the HPOZ?

The map (for download) indicates which part of Pinelands is classified as HPOZ.

What is different for properties in the HPOZ?

All planning applications must be seen by the Heritage Advisory Committee and must be in keeping with the character and streetscape of the area. All trees and vegetation in the HPOZ are protected.

Will it affect my property price?

Although sometimes planning permissions, processes and heritage regulations are viewed as onerous, historically, property values rise when a neighbourhood becomes an HPOZ as buyers are willing to pay more for properties in areas where change evolves according to established styles and patterns of development.

What do I do if I want to make changes to my home in the HPOZ?

Anyone wishing to make alterations to a property must submit an application to the City Council. The application will in turn will be sent to the Pinelands Ratepayers and Residents Association and their Heritage Advisory Committee (HAC) for comment.

What is Pinelands HAC?

The Pinelands Heritage Advisory was established in 2014 to help comment and advise on plans within the new HPOZ. , in response to the situation that happened at 24 Forest Drive. HAC consists of five members, with particular expertise in architecture, landscaping and engineering. They will assess the application by means of their guidelines as to whether it is a “contributing” or “non-contributing” member of the HPOZ in its “appropriateness” to the HPOZ’s preservation plan

When and where do they meet?

They meet on the 3rd Monday of each month at 6:30pm in the Committee Room of the Pinelands Library

What must I bring to a HAC meeting?

Bring hard copies of your plans. Photos of the front of the house and the streetscape also help.

What process planning process do I follow if I have a house in the HPOZ?

Depending on the nature, extent and complexity of the proposal, the plan application is generally likely to go through (a number of or all) the following City approval stages:

  1. Land Use Management (LUM) clearance
    1. LUM checks and verifies that plan complies with Zoning requirements.

In the case of Pinelands HPOZ or the building is older than 60 years, the plan is first sent to :

  1. Environment Resource Management (ERM)
  2. Heritage Western Cape (HWC) who will require HAC comment.
  • LUM zoning clearance.
    1. Pinelands Ratepayers and Residents Association
    2. If there are departures:
      1. Interested and affected parties are invited to comment through public participation  or advertising
      2. Appeals process. This can take up to 18 months
  1. Structural, Civil and Energy (XA) Clearance
  2. Fire Clearance
  3. Plans Examiner Clearance

A guideline is provided by the City on how best to engage with your architect (preferably with heritage experience) and what is permissible in the planning stages. http://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Forms,%20notices,%20tariffs%20and%20lists/HPOZ_1_info_doc.pdf.