Frequently Asked Questions

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An Urban Improvement Precinct is started by residents as a way of managing the improvement and running of their own area. International research shows that areas that adopt a UIP approach to the management of public spaces in partnership with the municipality results in property values out performing areas without a UIP.

Within cities, urban decay can threaten the quality of life of residents and their confidence in the area which in turn affects property values. Examples of such decay include:

  • Crime and grime

  • Poor service in public areas

  • Poorly maintained infrastructure

  • Lack of social cohesion and interest in public spaces

All of the above are linked and exacerbate the other leading to rapid decline. For this reason, although safety and security is the number one priority of UIPs, it cannot be effectively addressed without addressing the other issues mentioned. It is important to note that the services that an area will receive from the municipality is not linked to the amount of rates they may contribute to the city. The level of services from the Municipality is a set level of service. A UIP is able to fill that gap in order to ensure a higher level of service to public areas and at the same time it is able to hold the Municipality to account on service delivery more effectively than by individuals.

The Urban Improved Precinct (UIP) is based on the Municipal Property Rates Act of 2004 which allows for the establishment of a Special Rating Area (SRA) for a defined geographical area. The property owners have to agree to pay for certain services in addition to the normal municipal services.

The Manor Gardens UIP in terms of the Act must set up a non-profit company with a board of non-remunerated directors. The board will be constituted by representatives of the property owners. The board needs to approve a Business Plan and annual budget to provide the selected additional services.

The UIP budget is funded by the property owners and is calculated on a pro-rata basis using the existing municipal values of each property in the selected area. The payment is levied on the municipal rates bill and collected by the Municipality on behalf of the UIP NPO.

1. Revitalise the predominantly residential area in Glenwood

2. Improve safety, the general environment and quality of life for all in the proposed precinct

3. Target an upward trajectory for property values

4. Encourage environmental sustainability and social cohesion within the community

(See the about section for more details.)

A vote will need to take place and get 60% of residents to decide yes.

If you feel like a UIP should be set up, bring as many neighbours as possible to vote yes.

You may have seen UIP signs up in other areas or on security guards patrolling promenades and streets. We’ve included a few with their websites so that you can see the improvements made over the years:

Find out more about the MG UIP

Read more about who we are, our vision and objectives.

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