Stadium decision expected today

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The long-awaited zoning decision on the city's 2010 Fifa World Cup stadium in Green Point is expected today from provincial planning MEC Tasneem Essop
By Chris van Gass

The long-awaited zoning decision on the city's 2010 Fifa World Cup stadium in Green Point is expected today from provincial planning MEC Tasneem Essop.

The decision, which could open up a legal challenge by residents, is expected to kick-start the next phase in the development of the controversial stadium. The stadium has already seen a stand-off between the African National Congress-controlled Western Cape provincial government and the city administration headed by a Democratic Alliance-led multiparty alliance.

Today's announcement on the rezoning and an invitation to lodge objections to the process was expected last month, but was held over after a spat between premier Ebrahim Rasool and mayor Helen Zille. The two argued over whether the city had blundered in not giving consent use for the stadium to be built before Essop's rezoning decision was made.

This resulted in legal teams of the province and council urgently meeting to thrash out the way forward. They upheld Zille?s council decision to await Essop?s rezoning process before making its own decision on the matter. The full council is expected to make the consent use decision at its next sitting, on January 17, which will set the ball rolling for a 21-day objection period by residents and other interested parties opposed to the building of the stadium.

However, representatives of the Green Point Common Association and the council are set to hold a day-long workshop today to find a compromise over issues involving the conservation of the area and how to properly manage it into the future.

David Polovin, chairman of the association, said should its legal action against Essop's decision go against it, it would propose a compromise solution to the council over the future of the Green Point common.

This compromise would involve a call for the joint administration of the preserved area and stadium by the city council and civic society through a public body, Polovin said.

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