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Xai-Xai IDP – PHYSICAL PLAN

FAO-PAP/RAC-MICOA

Development Cell T2

Xai-Xai Beach

2.6

Key Intervention Areas

Two critical areas should be addressed because of the following:

  • The area around the esplanade linking the church with beachfront is the centre of Xai-Xai and constitutes the public face of the town since most important buildings are placed there; and

  • The entrance to the town since it makes the first impression on the visitor.

2.7

Development Guidelines

See section on development guidelines for medium density residential areas, high intensity tourist complexes and areas abutting the promenade. Some proposals on the development of the above mentioned are as follows:

The undeveloped area surrounding the esplanade linking the Catholic Church with the beachfront provides a unique opportunity for high-density urban development. It is suggested that this area be offered to a reputable investor to be developed as upmarket self-catering accommodation units. These units will be positioned in a stacked array in order to negotiate the steep gradient of the site, which in turn will ensure each unit of an undisturbed sea-view. A development of this nature right in the heart of Xai- Xai Beach would due to its density give the town the critical mass to justify further commercial investment in aspects such as commodity shops and cafes.

In exchange for this development right the investor will be required to upgrade the esplanade for public use and to develop public and commercial facilities at the bottom of the esplanade. Examples of such facilities are the public ablutions and the public telephone service currently situated at the bottom of the esplanade. Commercial facilities such as shops and restaurants may also be added to the development.

The area surrounding the traffic circle at the entrance to the town should be developed as a market where local products such as fresh produce and curios can be sold. This implies landscaping and provision of services such as water and electricity and facilities such as lock up stands, to the area.

It is extreme importance to draft strict development controls for this area because of the strong and beautiful building heritage. New development should not be allowed to detract from the original character of the town. Special attention should be given to development at the entrance, along the main roads and abutting the promenade.

Sufficient facilities should be provided such as parking space, a tourist information centre etc.

The placing of public facilities should reinforce the importance of the key elements of the town.

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