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FAO-MICOA-PAP/RAC

PHYSICAL PLAN - Xai-Xai IDP

3.8

Existing and Planning Framework

Development Cell: T1

Segment T1-1: Praia Velha5

2.1

Planning Phase

Detailed planning has been completed.

The first phase of implementation has started with the pegging of new stands.

2.2

Land Use

Low intensity high quality residential development for tourists and local inhabitants including individual residential stands and supportive sports and retail facilities.

2.3

Density, Land Division and Capacity

130 Individual stands of 1,000 – 1,400 m2. See detailed plan for subdivision. Residents/Guests: 1,000

2.4

Access

Two points of access:

  • To the east, access is gained through the existing dirty road in the western outskirts of Xai-Xai Beach, which links to the main paved road; and

  • To the west, access is gained through the existing dusty road that connects Wenela House with the main road between Xai-Xai Beach and Ciudade do Xai-Xai.

The layout has the following characteristics:

The road network has been placed in such a way as to respect the topography. It thus follows the longitudinal and lateral valleys and is located in the lowest areas. Therefore, the roads in general are not visually exposed to

5

See the Praia Velha Demonstration Project (Chapter 7.) for a more detailed planning of this area.

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1.

1.1

Relative Locality

1.2

Area Size

1.3

Topography

1.4

Height

1.5

Land Cover

Existing Framework

Map 15: Praia Velha Detail Plan

2.5

Roads and Pedestrian Network

    • 1.6

      Orientation

    • 1.7

      Distance from

the Beachfront

The prime locality next to the beachfront and directly east of the central node forms the western edge of allowed development.

These areas gain access from two points:

  • The connecting road from the main road to Wenela House; and

  • A road along the blufftop from Xai-Xai Beach.

1.9

Two houses have been completed (Wenela House and Schroeder House) and one is under construction.

2.

Planning Framework

Seaward 10-400m

1.8

Existing Access

Concessions

Both roads are not well maintained and can only be used by 4x4 vehicles.

120 concessions have already been issued for 1000m2 based on an on- implementable layout not taking account of the topography.

1.10

Built Structures

20.5 ha The topography is extremely irregular with some deep lateral valleys 0-40m, mostly higher than 10m

Covered with indigenous vegetation typical for coastal dunes of Mozambique. The dominant plant species are Mimusops caffra (20.9 %) and Diospyros rotundifolia (14.0 %) forming the dense bush forest particularly in the secondary dunes area.

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