Sawmill Village, Erf 25543, George

HilLand Environmental, independent Environmental Assessment Practitioners (EAP), have been appointed by the applicant, Magnolia Ridge 77 (Pty) Ltd, represented by Mr Arno de Vos, to ensure compliance with the regulations contained in the National Environmental Management Act (NEMA, No 107 of 1998) and the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations, 2014 (as amended) for the proposed residential development of the Sawmill Village on Erf 25543, George.

The development previously received Environmental Authorisation (2012-11-09, reference – EG12/2/4/1-D2/11-0059/11), however, was inadvertently allowed to lapse. The planning approval in terms of the George Municipality Land Use Planning By-law remains in place for Erf 25543. The proposal to construct residential development of the Sawmill Village on Erf 25543 with a slight modification to the previous approval granted in 2012. The proposal entails the development of various residential accommodation units to allow for densification within the urban edge of George. Approximately 168 units are proposed for Erf 25543 which will consist of the following:

Number Description
37 Group Housing Units
35 Duplex Units
28 Semi-Detached Housing Units
68 Flats

 The remainder of the property will be private open space areas, the development of internal roads, additional structures (gatehouse, garages, driveways, parking bays and a refuge yard) and civil infrastructure (water, sanitation and electricity). As such, the proposal will require the transformation of the entire property which is approximately 6.4 ha in extent. Please refer to the attached preferred site development plan.

In terms of Regulation 3 (4) and 40 of NEMA: EIA Regulations (2014, as amended) you are hereby advised that you have 30-days from the 9th of July 2020 to submit any comments. Please provide us with your comments / concerns relating to the proposed activity during the timeframe (09 July 2020 – 11 August 2020) in written format via fax or email. Please note that you need to declare your interest in the above matter.

Please note if you do not have access to e-mail, internet and / or are experiencing any problems with downloading information, please do not hesitate to contact this office and we will assist you according to your needs/requirements. Additionally, a full hard copy of the BAR and associate appendices are available at HilLand Environmental’s office. Should you wish to view this document, please make sure to make an appointment with the administrative department at or Tel: (044) 889 0229. You will view the document with provided disposable gloves while all of the necessary Covid-19 hygiene protocols and social distancing will be implemented.

If you are not a stakeholder, please ensure that you are registered as an I&AP, please send/provide us with your details, motivation of participation and any comments / concerns to HilLand Environmental. Please note only registered parties will continue to be updated on the EIA process.

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Pre-Application Basic Assessment Report (BAR) for the Proposed Residential Development of the Sawmill Village on Erf 25543, George


Appendix A1 – Figure 1 – Locality Map

Appendix B1 – Figure 1a – Preferred Site Development Plan, Erf 25543

Appendix B1 – Preferred Site Development Plan

Appendix B1 – SDP Phases 1&2_13_02_2020

Appendix B2 – Environmental Sensitivities Mapping

Appendix C – Photographic Record of Erf 25543, George

Appendix D – Biodiversity Overlay Mapping – Figure 2 – CBA and ESA Mapping

Appendix D – Biodiversity Overlay Mapping – Figure 3a – NBA 2018 Original Extent

Appendix D – Biodiversity Overlay Mapping – Figure 3b – NBA 2018 Remaining Extent

Appendix D – Biodiversity Overlay Mapping – Figure 4 – NFEPA Mapping

Appendix E1 – Final Comments of NID and Confirmation of Validity of the Comments

Appendix E16 – Confirmation of Civil Services

Appendix E16 – Confirmation of Electrical Services

Appendix E21 – Land Use Approval

Appendix F – Pre-Application Public Participation Process (PPP) Report for the Sawmill Village, Erf 25543, George

Appendix F – Annexure A – Neighbouring Notification

Appendix F – Annexure B – Legal Advert – 09 July 2020 – George Herald

Appendix F – Annexure B – Legal Advert 4 October 2018

Appendix F – Annexure C – Site Notices Erf 25543 – 7 Dec 19 and 9 Jul 20

Appendix F – Annexure D – List of Registered I&APs

Appendix F – Annexure E – I&AP registrations and preliminary comments

Appendix G – Traffic Impact Assessment (TIA, ITS, 2020)

Appendix H – Environmental Management Programme (EMPr) for the Sawmill Village, Erf 25543, George

Appendix H – EMPr Annexures

Appendix I – Screening Tool Report (July 2020) – Transformation from Agriculture

Appendix L – Sawmill Village Visual Impact Statement (SDK, 2020)

Appendix M – Resolution

Appendix N – Title Deed 25543 Magnolia Ridge

Appendix O – Civil Services Report (Katey and Templer, 2020)

Appendix P – Electrical Services Report (CMB, 2020)

Appendix Q – GEO19.982.05 – Erf 25543 – 125 erven and SG Codes

Appendix R – No-Go Alternative Site Development Plans

Appendix S – Lapsed Environmental Authorisation (EA)