The City is calling on designers, developers and community organisations to submit proposals for the second round of the C40 Reinveting Cities Programme.
This follows council’s decision, at its meeting on Monday October 28, to make four City-owned sites, of which the Tygerdal property is one, available for the programme.
The decision is an about turn after the City decided to withdraw from the programme on Thursday March 7 due to various delays.
The C40 programme is a worldwide competition launched in November 2017, encouraging the private sector and communities to devise carbon-neutral development solutions and designs. Cape Town is a signatory to this C40 programme.
“The aim is to implement the best ides to transform underutilised publicly owned sites, made available by participating cities, into beacons of sustainability and resilience and to act as a showcase for future zero-carbon urban developments,” said Ward 27 councillor Cecile Janse van Rensburg.
The 7.6ha Tygerdal site, bigger than seven rugby fields and worth almost R100 million, includes a park and a municipal dump and is located at the Monte Vista station, Goodwood.
The City says it is underused, close to major retail and commercial centres and is ideal for higher density transit-oriented development.
It could include different housing opportunities for a wide range of income groups.
The second round of the C40 Reinveting Cities Programme will be launched worldwide later this month, and the four City-owned sites are all near public transport.
The other sites are Athlone station car park, Mouquet Farm in Diep River and the Kapteinsklip station precinct in Mitchell’s Plain.
The sites have a combined size of 40 hectares and a commercial value of R316 million, according to Marian Nieuwoudt, mayoral committee member for spatial planning and environment.
Ms Nieuwoudt said design proposals would need to minimise the amount of energy a building uses for heating, cooling, hot water, lighting, ventilation, electrical services and so forth.
The projects will have to reduce energy demand, use energy efficiently and use renewable energy or low-carbon energy.
Proposals should also address other elements of urban sustainability and include features that address water and energy conservation, sustainable materials, green mobility and so forth.
Among international projects under way, Houston, Texas is building a large urban solar farm on a 97-ha landfill that has been closed for decades.
The Milan proposal is for a zero-carbon social housing circular-economy district with a community food hub and a zero-waste food store. Between houses and public space, there will be a series of green “diaphragms” such a private or educational gardens, mulberry trees, or woodlands spots.