By Staff Reporter
Marondera Municipality has unveiled 45 more stands for the high income earners at Elmswood Farm with the allocation of the said piece of land set to commence soon.
According to the latest full council minutes, the stands will be measuring 1000sqm and council has since adopted the layout plan.
“The Town Planner reported that the section managed to create a low density residential layout plan over municipal land adjacent Elmswood Farm with around 45 stands with an average stand size of 1000sqm.
“He highlighted that the proposed land in question is adjacent to the existing Garikai Resettlement Scheme and is within the municipal boundary,” read the minutes.
In 2015, thousands of home seekers were made to part with US$1500 for a residential stand in Elmswood and up to date the majority are still to benefit from the scheme.
The local authority has been on record admitting that it collected around US$2m from prospective home seekers and that it will unveil an alternative piece of land for the low income earners.
The town planner said the unveiling of the 45 stands will go a long way in addressing the housing backlog in Marondera.
“The area in question is covered by the Operative Marondera Master Plan and is zoned future residential. The Town Planner said the proposal therefore is in tandem with the provisions the Operative Marondera Master plan.
“The land in question is currently used for off plot illegal urban agriculture and creating residential stands on the piece of land unlocks value and reduces the housing backlog which council is grappling with,” read the minutes.
Meanwhile, the local authority is failing to collect money from a number of beneficiaries who were allocated low density residential stands in Ruzawi (opposite showground) with most of them among top politicians failing to settle deposit moneys.
About 20000 home seekers are on the waiting list in Marondera.