Xai-Xai IDP – PHYSICAL PLAN
Development Cell: T1 the seaward side;
Segment T1-1: Praia Velha5
A longitudinal orientation of the main feeder roads parallel to the beachfront has been retained, in order to secure the adequate number and quality of the lots as in the original layout;
The main feeder roads are supplemented by roads located in the lateral valleys;
The road next to the sea has been replaced with a pedestrian route and properties fronting onto the sea generally have access from the back; The pedestrian route falls within the 100m green belt, comprising the beach and the foredunes;
The road network has been supplemented with pedestrian routes that cut through some of the longer blocks to facilitate pedestrian movement to the beach and to the green areas. Pedestrian access to the beachfront whether by means of exclusive pedestrian routes on the sidewalks of other roads is spaced approximately 200m apart to enhance permeability;
Provision has been made for public parking space; The main pedestrian movement is along the blufftop of the foredunes. This is placed along the only existing dusty road, which is highly eroded. The road is thus transformed into a scenic walkway that helps protect these sensitive areas. The walkway is the eastern extension of the Xai-Xai Beach Praia promenade. The lateral pedestrian accesses should allow for an easy movement towards the green belt and the beach. The segments of these lateral routes that cross the foredune should be elevated to avoid vegetation damage, which leads to sand blowouts. All streets are planned to have pedestrian walkways on both sides.
See section on development guidelines for low density residential area. The following guidelines were taken into account for the planning of this area:
The concession rights granted by the municipality will be issued for approximately 130 lots to be included into new layout;
The quality of granted concessions should be accepted and approximately the same number of lots with seaward orientation should be included into new layout.
The approximate locality of each lot should be retained and the current concept of three rows of lots parallel to the beachfront should be respected;
The already developed lots or those under development should be regarded as fixed elements and kept in their exact position and thus included into new layout;
A minimum of 100 meters green belt along the beach and on the blufftop of the foredunes should be provided to protect the sensitive dunes; and
New layout should include space for service and entertainment areas.
Areas unsuitable for housing development, such as depressions and landward oriented slopes, are generally planned as green areas, retention ponds, services areas and areas intended for the development of public facilities.