On 28 June 2005, after a lengthy rezoning process, the
application was approved by the Western Cape Minister of
Environmental Affairs and Development Planning (DEADP).
The new dual zoning is Open space zone III (private nature
reserve) for an 37,34 ha area with footprints for Resort
zone II (10 units) with an erf area of maximum 300 m²
each. Building footprint is restricted to ± 175 m².
Le Domaine Eco Estate’s zoning is seen as the only
manner in which freestanding ownership can be allowed on
agricultural land to build your own holiday accommodation
unit. The potential buyer will have a special opportunity
to buy an “ERF”, outside an established urban
The new guidelines on Resort zonings (October 2005) of
DEADP, limits specifically resort development outside an
Urban Edge, dwelling(s) on a freehold plot within a resort
to a single storey and a maximum building footprint of 120
m² on a 250 m² erf. This approval thus gives unique
land-use rights in a rural setting. Furthermore there are
only three approved Resort zone II sites in the Breederiver
Le Domaine has thus greater potential than any Resort zone
II approved after the publication of the Guideline. It is
now extremely difficult to obtain approval for Resort zone
II zoning because of the densification policy inside an
Urban Edge which was prescribed by the Western Cape Provincial
Spatial Development Framework.
Resort zone II in the case of Le Domaine was approved when
holiday housing was the primary right, allowing separate
alienation of units, but did not require that such a development
had to be located in a unique natural environment or close
to a special resource (attraction).
Le Domaine Eco Estate’s approval also includes a positive
Record of Decision (ROD) from DEADP.
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