PHYSICAL PLAN - Xai-Xai IDP
These two feeder roads are connected with roads that follow the lateral valleys. Where possible the same pattern as is found in the Xai-Xai Beach town - a traffic circle at the entrance with two branch roads - has been repeated. This would enhance the distinct sense of place.
The road system is flexible in that access can be gained from both the back and the front roads and development pockets can be given access independently.
A pedestrian movement system has been designed to supplement the road system. This is done, as car ownership is still limited among the local population. The aim of the pedestrian network is to provide access across sensitive areas without harming the environment and to ease movement from one area to another. It creates links between the various development cells and from all cells to the beachfront.
A promenade on the coastal road, is proposed from Praia Velha to Praia de Chongoene. This promenade will form the most important tourist area with a concentration of tourist facilities and activities. It takes on a different form depending on the characteristics of the area it transverses, form a quiet natural walkway to a busy mix between motor vehicles and pedestrians.
Various areas suitable for different types of development have been identified. The areas identified for tourism development are as follows:
Tourism Accommodation Development Areas:
Cell T1: Praia Velha
Cell T2: Xai-Xai Beach
Cell T3: Above the Camp Site
Cell T4: 50/500 Concessions
Cell T5: Praia do Alho
Cell T6: Praia do Chongoene
Promenade Areas and Beachfront Activity Nodes:
Cell P1: Praia Velha
Cell P2: Xai-Xai Beach
Cell P3: Xai-Xai Beach and Camp site
Cell P4: From Camp Site to Praia do Alho
Cell P5: Praia do Alho
Cell P6: Praia do Chongoene
Sports Centre: Cell S
Villages and Areas for Local Residents:
Cells V1 to V4
Each development cell has got its own character and is classified according to the type of use, density and intensity of use and quality. The development types in tourist areas are:
Tourist Complexes: These are the most intensive areas, accommodating hotels, restaurants, entertainment facilities, market areas and commercial activities. Density can vary from low to high. High density implies more than 100 and less than 200 beds per hectare, medium between 50 to 100 beds per hectare, and low less than 50 beds per ha.
Residential Development: This includes houses and small bed and breakfast establishments, as well as service facilities, and accommodates both tourists and permanent residents. These are mostly individual stands with one dwelling. Density can range from low to medium. Low density means stands larger than 1000m2 and medium density means stands between 500 –