Jeffrey Muvundusi 9 June 2017
BULAWAYO – The council here has applied to the Local Government ministry
seeking permission to develop land along Victoria Falls road into a low
density residential area.
The city is currently sitting on a 100 000 housing waiting list.
The latest council report indicate that the municipality has already
approved plans for the proposed residential layout in Highmount North.
“The proposed Highmount North residential development is meant to cater
for the high income earners, who are part of the ballooning council
waiting list,” reads part of the minutes.
“The site is bounded by the existing Highmount suburb to the south, to the
north and west the site is bounded by Trenance and to the East by Neqi
Township and Harrisvale Township.”
According to the minutes, the land for the new low density suburb is
located about 8 kilometres north-west of the central business district,
along Jungle Road off the Victoria Falls Road.
“In terms of the operative city of Bulawayo Master Plan, the proposed site
is zoned for residential development, and the total area covered is
approximately 63 9072 hectares in extent as depicted on TPB 817,” the
The plan is reportedly waiting for Kusukuwere’s approval before the local
authority starts developing the land.
The city felt the move to identify the land for development was a positive
one in as far as decongesting the city is concerned.
Despite the growing number of those in need of houses, the local authority
has only managed to service 15 000 housing stands in the last 15 years.