Piet-se-Pad - Secure and peaceful mountain village situated on the foothills of Cogmanskloof in Montagu West.
The vision for Piet-se-Pad is to create a secure and peaceful mountain village, situated in a high quality, naturally landscaped mountain reserve environment.
The design manual allows for a fairly broad range of personal choice in the external appearance of the houses, yet ensures that the overall character of the development is identifiable by the use of certain unifying external elements such as the colour and texture of wall finishes, roofing, a standardised form of boundary and site walling, and the preservation of the natural mountain flora and fauna.
In order to achieve the overall aims and objectives of the development, as well as to secure long-term value, Piet-se-Pad has been declared an "Urban Conservation Area" in terms of the Montagu Zoning Scheme Regulations.
Piet-se-Pad, sited on the foothills of Cogmanskloof in Montagu West, provides a unique location, where the rising slopes offer vistas to the valley and the town of Montagu below, with the Mountain Reserve ridges above. The surrounding area is a natural breeding ground for a rich variety of animals including tortoises, and offers an abundance of unique indigenous vegetation.
Development of Piet-se-Pad is to be undertaken in a holistic manner, whereby land-use, architecture and landscaping work closely together to result in a development that is sympathetic to the natural environment and in keeping with the existing built form.
To this end, dwellings should be contextually sympathetic to the topography and natural hues of the environment. The resulting architecture is based on "Karoo Vernacular" type buildings of modest scale that "grow" out of the site. It is expected that architectural concepts be developed with sympathy to the environment and that the introduction of "foreign" styles" such as Tuscan/Georgian/Victorian etc. not be allowed.
Given the unique natural setting and the high level of visibility of Piet-se-Pad relative to the balance of the village, the following aims and guidelines relating to land-use and environmental conservation are applicable:
- To conserve the natural setting of the area and in particular the surrounding mountain sides. To conserve the existing natural environment beyond the defined boundary of Piet-se-Pad
- To minimise the visual impact on the natural environment by actively encouraging the planting of local indigenous trees and vegetation in private gardens and in the demarcated public open spaces.
- To accommodate the return of the tortoise population to the breeding area by reinstating the identified areas of sandy open space and by limiting public access to this area.
- To encourage a public awareness of the surrounding natural environment by demarcating and maintaining the existing hiking trail into the adjoining Mountain Reserve and by distributing information regarding the environment and the Mountain reserve to the residents on a regular basis.