DEVELOPMENT: Extend Tax Scheme, Government Urged
Recent Western Cape Business News
National government has been urged to extend the urban development zone (UDZ) tax incentive by another five years to March 2019.
An extension would help boost prospects for urban regeneration, says Colin Young, director of Nine Cubed Group which proposed and brokered the R1,6 billion landmark co-development office project planned by First Rand Group and Old Mutual for the Portside site in Cape Town’s central business district.
Young says the incentive was introduced to promote office and residential development projects within carefully selected UDZ areas of major cities.
“It aims to encourage investors and property developers to fast track their development schemes,” he says. “There are real benefits for those corporates wanting to invest in inner cities, notably to own and occupy their own buildings. Currently, though, any businesses considering investments, for instance, to consolidate space, need to move quickly if they are to benefit. Construction needs to be completed before the UDZ tax incentive expires at the end of March 2014. ”
Young says the reality though is that many projects have been delayed in the wake of the global economic meltdown and the negative impact this has had on bank lending requirements.
“Growth is also expected to be muted for some time and this is likely to curb developments which in any event involve time-consuming processes.
“Extending the incentive by another five years to March 2019 which hopefully will see a pick up in the economy, could allow more projects to be kick started during this extended period and for benefits to flow to cities.
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