City reviews spatial development frameworks

The City of Cape Town will be hosting a meeting for Lentegeur residents to review the spatial development frameworks (SDFs) for the Mitchell’s Plain planning districts.

At the meeting, which is one of a number of meetings being held with residents of Lentegeur, Khayelitsha, Mfuleni and Nomzamo, residents will have another opportunity to engage with City officials about their challenges, needs, and priorities insofar as it relates to planning in their local areas. Officials will also explain to residents the process they are undertaking to prepare the SDFs and how this will affect local developments in these planning districts.

The meeting for Lentegeur residents, interest groups, and stakeholders will take place today, Wednesday January 22 at the Lentegeur civic centre in Merrydale Avenue, Lentegeur, from 7pm to 8.30pm.

“We hosted nearly 30 meetings across Cape Town in November and December last year, and involved as many residents as possible to help us identify the challenges, needs and priorities in their areas,” said the City’s mayoral committee member for spatial planning and environment, Marian Nieuwoudt.

“I am encouraging residents to please attend these meetings as they have a wealth of knowledge and first-hand experience of the areas they live in. Their contributions and input are much needed.”

The City is in the process of updating the spatial development frameworks (SDFs) for the eight planning districts with the latest information about the state of the population, employment levels and income; the state of the urban and natural environment and heritage; state of development; the supply of and demand for housing; local economy; property market; and current services and infrastructure.

All of this information is included in a Baseline and Analysis Report (BaAR) for each district, inclusive of the challenges, needs and opportunities on a local planning level.

The BaAR documents are available on the City’s website and residents can submit their comments until Friday January 31.

The review of the district SDFs will be based on the BaARs and the inputs received for the respective districts.

The district SDFs will be finalised during further rounds of public participation in the coming months. These will deal with the concepts and the final proposals.

“The SDFs will be the City’s response to manage urban growth on a district level and in a manner that is sustainable, resilient, and equitable.

“It will determine how we should intervene on a local planning level to mitigate against constraints, and to enhance opportunities that will improve residents’ quality of living,” Ms Nieuwoudt said.