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Call for Capetonians to submit input on IDP as deadline fast approaches

The IDP will be the City’s principal strategic guide for all planning, budgeting and delivery over the next five years. Picture: Henk Kruger/African News Agency

The IDP will be the City’s principal strategic guide for all planning, budgeting and delivery over the next five years. Picture: Henk Kruger/African News Agency

Published Jan 6, 2022

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Cape Town - With only a week left, members of the public and businesses operating in the City are urged to submit input for the drafting of the City’s new five-year Integrated Development Plan (IDP).

The City is drafting the new term of office five year IDP for 2022-2027 and have called on residents and businesses to submit their inputs. The IDP focuses on the needs of Cape Town, service delivery, and how to involve communities/reach communities and residents.

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The IDP will be the City’s principal strategic guide for all planning, budgeting and delivery over the next five years.

The draft IDP will then be made available for public comment during March/April 2022.

“Once approved, the IDP will set the City of Cape Town’s developmental goals and needs, and other strategic priorities for the period. Thus, it is an extremely important policy document as the City’s budget and performance targets for the next five years will be based on the priorities and strategies outlined in the IDP,” the City said.

“This year’s input methods and period have been impacted, and thus restricted, by the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as the late local government election date,” the City said.

Development Action Group Programme Director Helen Rourke has called on the City to extend the deadline.

“Last year the City of Cape Town was exceptionally proactive around the District Plans and we are aware that processes are underway in a number of neighbourhoods around Local Area Plans,” Rourke said.

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“It is unfortunate that there hasn’t been the same public visibility of the District Planning with the upcoming IDP for Cape Town. The call for comments is a critical moment for citizens to articulate local and city wide issues to be factored into the drafting of the City IDP. However, the timing and low visibility is a cause for concern. We would like to urge the City to extend the deadline for comments.”

Inputs can be submitted by hand at the City’s local subcouncil offices and libraries, email [email protected] or online via City websites - https://www.capetown.gov.za/City-Connect/Have-your-say/Issues-open-for-public-comment/new-five-year-integrated-development-plan-2022-2027

Those who need help to submit comments can contact the City’s Public Participation Unit on 0800 212 176.

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