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The deadline for public comments on the City’s draft plan for Cape Town’s future spatial development is drawing close.

Interested members of the public have until 31 October 2009 to comment on the plan, known as the Spatial Development Framework (SDF). The SDF sets out the City’s strategies and policies about how and where Cape Town should grow in the future, and is a required part of its Integrated Development Plan.

It It is anticipated that the SDF will be submitted to Council and the Provincial Government of the Western Cape for approval during the course of 2010 when the public participation processes and redrafting to incorporate the input and comments received are complete.

In support of the plan, the City has also prepared:

  • A draft densification strategy
  • A draft Development Edges Policy
  • Integrated draft spatial development plans/environmental management frameworks for each of the City’s eight planning districts

These district plans identify:

  • a spatial vision per district
  • what should inform development in that district
  • what should be protected
  • where new development should go
  • Where there should be change to the existing urban environment and what this change should be.

They will also be submitted to the City Council for approval when the public participation processes are complete.

Once approved, the SDF and the district SDPs and EMFs will empower the City to review, update and replace the following existing Guide Plans approved in terms of the Physical Planning Act:

  • Guide Plan for the Cape Metropolitan Area, Vol 1: Peninsula (1988), which is now deemed to be a structure plan in terms of the Physical Planning Act
  • Guide Plan for the Cape Metropolitan Area, Vol 3: Hottentots-Holland Basin (1988), which is now deemed to be a structure plan in terms of the Physical Planning Act
  • Atlantis & Environs Guide Plan (1981), which is now deemed to be a structure plan in terms of the Physical Planning Act

The City intends that the new plans will also, as far as possible and appropriate, replace and withdraw historic (five years or older) existing approved s4(6) Structure Plans for the Cape Town jurisdictional area, in terms of s4(7) of LUPO. Plans subject to further review may include:

  • Lansdowne Road Philippi Structure Plan (1995)
  • Inhofe Gift Local Structure Plan (1989)
  • Sir Lowry’s Pass Structure Plan (1997)
  • Gordon’s Bay Structure Plan (1989)
  • De Grendel Structure Plan (1989)
  • Goodwood Structure Plan (1988)
  • Lower Kuilsriver: Blue Downs Local Structure Plan (1987)
  • Weltevreden Valley Local Structure Plan (1986)
  • Tableview North Structure Plan (1991)
  • Lower Kuilsriver Area Urban Structure Plan (1986)
  • Benede- Kuilsrivier: Rotterdamgebied Plaaslike Struktuurplan (1987)
  • Gaylee Klainvlei Eersterivier Struktuurplan (1989)

as well as the following plans waiting for approval:

  • Helderberg Sub-Regional Structure Plan (2000)
  • Somerset West Structure Plan (2000)
  • Kommetjie-Oceanview & Environs Local Structure Plan (2000) ]
  • Fish Hoek Valley Local Structure Plan (2000)
  • Southern South Peninsula Local Structure Plan (1998)
  • Macassar Structure Plan (2002)

All of the draft plans are available for public viewing at subcouncil offices, libraries and the City’s Planning & Building Development Management Department district offices. They are also available for download here.

Questions and comments can be sent to, PO Box 4511, Cape Town, 8000 or 021 425 4327 (fax).

The closing date for comments is 31 October 2009.

Martin Pollack 

Date Posted: 2009-10-13
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