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Integrated Waterfront Development: VN0918

Piet van Zyl
Formal CPD
1 Hour - FORMAL
Duration: 00:45:55
There is a worldwide trend to develop urban waterfronts into retail, leisure and entertainment destinations. From Boston, to Barcelona, to Osaka and Sydney, this trend has produced some of the world’s most innovative, real estate developments.
The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront development has been successful in transforming the historical, underused Port of Cape Town, South Africa, into an urban regeneration success story. Piet van Zyl, previously the Executive Manager of Planning and Development for V & A Waterfront Pty Ltd, explains how new retail, commercial, residential and leisure facilities have been developed while retaining the character of Cape Town’s waterfront as a working harbour. Van Zyl uses the V & A Waterfront development as a case study on how a development idea can be turned into action. The Cape Town waterfront project on sustainable development provides valuable lessons for Darwin and other harbour authorities in Australia.              
  • Possess knowledge of the specific planning, historical and environmental factors that need to be addressed in a successful waterfront development.
  • Recognise the value of sustaining the natural and historical features of a waterfront site.
  • Understand the different levels of planning involved in a waterfront development, ranging from the very broad to the more detailed. You will also understand how these levels of planning interrelate and gain knowledge of a specific system of planning which allows for flexibility, a crucial aspect of waterfront development.
  • Understand how the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront development can be used as a case study for the successful development of other waterfront sites.
Recognised by the NSW ARB, ARB of Victoria, BA of Qld, AB of WA, Work Stds Tas, APB of SA, PIA, AILA & BDA

    TRP (SA), BSc (Town & Regional Planning), M (City & Regional Planning), MSAPI, PPSAPI

    Piet van Zyl was appointed as Executive Director for Strategy & Planning by the City of Cape Town on 15 May 2007. His management portfolio includes Planning and Land Use Management, Spatial Planning and Urban Design, Environmental Resource Management, Strategic Development Information and Geographic Information Systems.  

    Prior to taking up this position with the City, he was the Executive Manager – Planning and Development of Victoria & Alfred Waterfront (Pty) Ltd (V&AW) in Cape Town for just over 17 years. During this period the V&A Waterfront was developed into one of the world’s foremost mixed-use waterfront projects. The focus of his management portfolio at the V&AW was to integrate the project conceptualisation, urban planning and urban conservation aspects of the V&A Waterfront Project, to obtain the statutory planning and heritage approvals from the various Government authorities and then to project manage the retail, commercial, industrial and hotel development projects in the V&A Waterfront. Between 1990 and 2007 he was responsible for a development portfolio of ZA Rand 2,5 billion (approx. US$ 350 million) of development projects. Between 1998 and 2005, his professional experience with the V&AW also included work as a consultant on waterfront projects in Mauritius, Portsmouth, Gabon, Nigeria, Greece, the Russian Federation and the Sultanate of Oman.

    Before joining the V&AW he also spent the formative years of his professional career, between 1981 and 1990, with the City of Cape Town, initially as an Urban Planner, later as Chief Engineer (Planning) and finally as the City’s Development Co-ordinator.