The FairValley Urban Village
The development framework allows for approximately 450 residential units and 20,000 sqm commercial and light industries to be built on the land.
A number of attempts were made during the years since 1997 to develop the FairValley land, with no luck. In 2002 the Fair Valley Association was able to build 8 small houses on the farm, from the money they made on the wine, but they have never been able to properly re-zone and sub-divide the land so that they can achieve the ultimate objective to be individually their own property owners.
In 2007 a whole new thinking process was re-ignited by Charles Back, who never given up on the original idea. He called upon Ori Ilan, an experienced manager and charismatic entrepreneur, to develop a new concept and lead it towards realization - rather than looking at building 42 homes for the beneficiaries only, the Association was looking now at a full scale development - to maximize the commercial value of the land. On Friday 9th of November 2007, the Fair Valley Executive Committee passed a resolution, to fully adopt the Urban Village rational for their land. The Committee approved the Initial Development Framework as its official plan on Monday 26 November 2007.
In March 2008, a breaking-through unique agreement was signed between the Fair Valley Farm Workers Association and Urban Genesis, to develop the land based on the development framework adopted by the Association. The FairValley Urban Village has become a combined - "3 legs" - project - Socio-Economical empowerment and skills development venture. Financial viability and business principals to be applied. Sustainability, energy efficiency and ecological friendly methods and techniques to be applied. The core of the agreement is that the Association contribute the land and in return gets their beneficiaries houses with no extra costs. In November 2008, both partners approved the Development Framework for the FairValley Urban Village which received full support from the officials of the Drakenstein Municipality and already presented to the planning authorities of the Western Cape Province.
Only in March 2009, the Drakenstein Council resolved to extend the urban edge so that it would include the FairValley land among other areas. Nevertheless, this issue of the urban edge has not yet been finalized between the Western Province’s planning authorities and the Drakenstein Local Council. The two entities are busy debate the urban edge between them.
The development framework allows for approximately 450 residential units and 20,000 sqm commercial and light industries to be built on the land. The FairValley Development Company that was established between the partners intends to use alternative eco-friendly building materials, grey water system were designed to save water consumption and solar energy and other energy efficient techniques will be used.