Members of the project management team of the Renaissance Partners, which is undertaking a new development project at Appolonia, in the Kpone-Katamanso constituency, dubbed "Mixed-Used Development Project", on Saturday held a public consultation on the project.
The public consultation is to inform residence in the village and the general public of the project, also known as Appolonia City project and its implications on the environment, and lives in the neighbouring communities.
The outcome of the public hearing will among other things help the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to take a decision as to whether the project should be permitted to start.
The Appolonia City project, when completed, will benefit the communities and their surroundings in the areas of employment creation, the realization of Ghana's development agenda, support for commercial activities in the Greater Accra region and contribution to the realization of the country's urban policy.
The project, which is being developed on an approximately 2,000 acres of land within the Appolonia community is expected to house over 80,000 residence in a modernized city expected and would be completed in the next 10 years.
The project is constructed to provide facilities that serve a variety of purposes and combining residential (including high, medium and low density residential neighbourhood) with commercial, industrial, institutional, recreational and other land uses.
Speaking at the public hearing, Mr. Joseph Hayford, CEO for Multicad consultancy, who is also the project Architect, said a mixed-used development was chosen to enable the creation of an attractive and sustainable environment that promotes economic activity and vitality, social equity and environmental quality.
"It was realized that when jobs, housing and commercial activities are closely sited, a community's options increase. Each activity gains a lot from the other activities close by. In addition to mixed-used developments which tend to have higher property value", he said.
The local residents asked questions that bothered them, as far as the project was concerned, to which Mr. Hayford provided answers.