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Many of the sites at Durban Point have a mixed-use zoning. Developers are encouraged
to use the ground floor of buildings for uses such as retailing, entertainment and
restaurants that can flow out onto the adjacent sidewalk space. Uses such as offices
and residential on upper floors are encouraged to look out onto the public spaces
In order to achieve as much of an urbane quality as possible, developers are encouraged
to achieve maximum allowable height and bulk restrictions. Thus buildings of a minimum
height of three to four storeys and higher will be encouraged with bulk and coverage
allowances having been formulated to achieve this.
Durban Point will be developed in a series of branded precincts.
All lot owners at Durban Point are obliged to become members of the Durban Waterfront
Management Association. The Association is responsible for managing matters of common
interest to all lot owners including security issues, landscaping and beachfront
maintenance, aesthetic and signage controls and urban management standards over
and above those normally provided by the eThekwini Municipality.
The Association is also responsible for managing the design review process under
the auspices of a Design Review Panel are development of all sites. Plans submitted
to the Design Review Panel will be scrutinised by at least one urban designer and
two architects to ensure that the overall design intentions of Durban Point are
being met. In essence, before construction commences, a "package-of-plans" process
is followed which involves the preparation of Precinct Plans, Site Development Plans
and Building Plans.
The ultimate intention is to ensure that, without detracting from the creativity
of individual developers, an overall integrity is sought for Durban Point which
will add address value and appreciate property values in the interests of all investors.
Critical to the success of Durban Point as a distinctive and interesting place to
visit, is the way in which buildings respond to sidewalks and how they in turn interact
with the edge of the canal. In order to create this well-defined street architecture,
Durban Point’s architects have designed a number of “canal edge typology” options,
samples of which are shown below. Thus building edges can incorporate colonnades,
or they can have canopies with support structures that either straddle or cantilever
over the sidewalk. Buildings may have verandahs on upper floors that run the length
of street frontages above the colonnades or canopies. In some instances buildings
are required to be set back from the canal edge, in others they could be built directly
on the canal edge.
In each instance there is an opportunity for a developer to utilise the waters edge
while at the same time not restricting pedestrian flow and leading to an interesting
Although the precinct is still under development, a full security compliment supplied
a private security company managed by DPWMA is been deployed. There are 9 precinct
patrol officers on duty during the day and 10 at night, operating from a site-based
control office and utilising 2 full time patrol vehicles decorated in the distinctive
Durban Point Waterfront livery. In addition, 2 CCTV Surveillance Operators man a
24hour control Room. The patrol officers are in radio contact both with each other
and with a sophisticated control room, allowing for efficient response to reports
and requests for help. All point precinct owners know that they simply need to dial
the allocated security number for instantaneous reaction. The number is also emblazoned
on the vehicles and ongoing awareness campaigns will ensure that members of the
public have access to the number and therefore also the same level of security reaction
whilst in the point in the point precinct.
Included in the ongoing crime prevention initiatives are regular liaison meetings
with the SAPS and the Metro Police operating in and around the point. Excellent
relationships have been developed with the management and staff of both public-policing
entities and regular joint operations are conducted. So successful is this partnership
that SAPS crime statistics show a significant reduction in levels of crime in the
precinct since the commencement of Durban Point security operations.
A private facilities management company managed by DPWMA is contracted to provide
the following services: public area infrastructure, roads, stormwater, lighting,
maintenance, security, canalmanagment, events & entertainment, and commercialization
of public places and income generation.
The Durban Point Waterfront Management Association normally referred to as the DPWMA, is a registered section 21 company (not for profit or gain) whose opperation is legally bound by its registered Articles of Association (its "Constitution"). Being a section 21 company DPWMA does not have a share capital, it does not pay dividends and it does not distribute assets to its members.
The Articles of Association lay down all definitions, proceedures and regulations regarding the Point Precinct and as such as issued to all purchasers of property within the Point Waterfront. The full Articles of Association are also available for viewing at the Association's offices and copies are obtainable for a nominal fee. The Association offices are currently located at Rocpoint House, 15 Timeball Boulevard, Durban Point Waterfront.