The development concept is unique. The setting of a traditional, but socially integrated country village surrounded by a conservation area utilized for extensive farming fits national policy for social development and sustainable resource use, so that wide support for the development concepts has been recieved. We also think that city dwellers who live behind high security walls would welcome such an open tranquil setting. The highest standard of security is achievable in Verkykerskop in light of the low population density of the area, its remoteness, visual contact that will be possible between neighbours, and the privilege of such a small village to have a police station.
The development concept comprises the utilization of the existing settlement as a nucleus for the creation of a traditional country village with a range of sports and outdoors facilities, set within an extended conservation area where low impact farming will continue so as to enhance the farm life and outdoors experience.
The existence of the village heritage and the availability of the pristine surrounds present the rare opportunity for the development of a fully pre- planned and architecturally coordinated country village, while building the life style on the heritage themes of the area.
We have a vision for the inner village to develop over time into a vibrant buzz of mixed uses, densely, but rustically arranged among the historic buildings and typical farming community facilities.
The land structure model for the rural development node, as was endorsed by the provincial and local authorities, is that it be established as a formal township of the Phumelela Local Municipality. While public open spaces will be established in the inner village, the undeveloped portion of the study area between the village and the outlying hamlets will be private open space within the township boundaries, wholly owned by the property owners of Verkykerskop.
Now that the SDF is in place, township establishment is being planned in phases, but all within the framework of the SDF. All land has been accordingly zoned, and development of open and common spaces as well as private buildings is governed by the urban design master plan and building codes entrenched in the township establishment conditions.
The Town Planning Scheme Amendment, Environmental Management Plan, Environmental Authorization, Services Agreement, Engineering Reports and Layouts, Property Owners Association Constitution, etc. are available to interested parties on a need to know basis.