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The township has been laid out to suit a future waterborne sewerage system and a plan showing the position of the key pipeline routes prepared. It is important that 2 metre servitudes be maintained for future sewer installation across certain stands.

This reticulation will be collected into an intercepting sewer on the seaside which in turn will connect to a future proposed pump station in the small valley to the east between Praia Velha and Xai-Xai Beach. Separate proposals have been made to build a pump station and pumping main to take sewerage to a treatment site north of Praia Velha and land should be reserved for this purpose. After treatment the liquid will be returned to the sea by gravity via a pipeline through the reef opposite the east corner of the township.

Again policy will dictate whether an additional contribution is required from purchasers of stands towards the cost of a possible future sewerage reticulation system and the proposed treatment facility

7.1.6 Development Controls The Need and Implementation of Development Control

Although development control is often shunned as an attempt by government to impose restrictions on private development and is often seen as inappropriate in these circumstances, it is necessary in order to protect the value of private property and to retain the unique image of the Xai-Xai area. It is an imperative element in the successful development of the area into a highly valued tourist area. This view was supported by the Friends of Xai-Xai Association. Development control measures should be simple and easy to implement. A board consisting of members of the tourism ministry, the municipality and the resident’s organisation should be established to consider building and site development plans. These plans should be submitted in order to evaluate its impact on neighbouring properties and on the natural environment, as

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guidelines that should guide development and the evaluation of the suitability Even though these are only guidelines, deviation from them should be circumspection.

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Building Controls

In order to facilitate the implementation of the Praia Velha Detailed Plan it is necessary to establish some basic building codes. The objectives of these codes and guidelines are not to make all the houses in the area uniform, but primary to protect the public and common interests and also to avoid the possible conflicts between the concession owners.


The built area on the ground floor (including covered areas on an

upper floor) should not exceed 25 % of the lot surface. The built area of the auxiliary structures is included in this.

Floor area ratio:

The floor area ratio of the total buildings should not exceed 0,5. The floor area at the attic should not exceed 50 % of the ground floor coverage.

Building lines:

All built structures should not be built closer than 5 meters to the lot boundaries (this includes auxiliary structures). It is recommended buildings be removed at least 10 meters from the street boundary.

Height restrictions:

Houses can have a basement, ground floor, first floor and attic. The rooftop should not exceed 9 meters from the ground floor level. The ground floor level is defined as the average height of the natural terrain of the site.

Auxiliary structures:

Auxiliary structures, such as garage, storage spaces etc., in principle should be attached to the main structure. If detached, the building line rule (5 meters from neighbours and 10 m from the front line) should be applied.


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