The City of Harare is seeking to convert two community golf courses into residential and commercial stands.
The two recreational facilities are Sherwood Golf Course in Mabelreign, which was established in 1961, and Warren Hills Golf Course.
Both golf courses were established on land deemed unsuitable for building, such as wetlands, but zoned for recreation.
A Harare City Council environmental management committee set to endorse the deal of converting the golf courses was abandoned on Thursday following disputes between CCC and MDC Alliance councillors over the constitution of committees.
An agenda of the environmental management committee circulated to councillors and managers, prior to the meeting, read:
Change of reservation of portions of stands 8112, 8113, 8118 Warren Park Township and 812 Mabelreign Township from open space and recreation (golf course) to mixed-use development (residential, commercial and community facilities) (Solomon Mujuru Road, Harare Drive, Richwell Avenue and Sherwood Drive Harare).
Meanwhile, environmental management committee chairperson, Councillor Tendai Matafi, on Friday, 6 May told The Herald that the generation of agendas was the duty of technocrats. He said:
As a committee, we verify if the whole process is in order. We then recommend to the ministry using section 43 subsection 3 of the Urban Councils Act.
It is the Minister of Local Government, through physical planning, who gives the go-ahead or cancels.
Town planning matters are done by town planners. The item must be accompanied by circulations from departments that also have technocrats.
The Environmental Management Agency is also a player in that matrix to confirm the issue of wetlands and soil texture.
Sherwood, which is a wetland, was the major golf course for the Mabelreign and Meyrick Park areas with an active membership but its fencing and other amenities were vandalised in the 2000s.
There are also plans to renovate Warren Hills golf club into a world-class golf facility after its standards deteriorated over the past two decades.