Cape Town Spatial Development Framework is a positive step into Cape Town’s future

24 May 2012

Future Cape Town welcomes the Cape Town Spatial Development Framework (SDF), which alight this week after a detailed six-year long process. The framework will go some distance to manage our city’s future spatial growth and development. Alongside the Provincial Spatial Development Framework (PSDF), it enjoys the highest legal status in terms of spatial planning applicable to the municipal area.

“True to form, followers of Future Cape Town have been sharing their voice on matters like this which influence the way their futures will look like,” says Rashiq Fataar, MD at Future Cape Town.

“The future voice is united that, strategies and ideas aside, it is now ready to see action on a small and large scale,” says Fataar.


Aimed at supporting and enhancing the growth of Cape Town, the framework must become a platform for a bold mindset shift, which no doubt will require changes to the way we think and view Cape Town, in terms of our economy, our social and physical environment.

“We think some clarity regarding areas of development in the city will go a long way to create a more investment friendly environment,” says Fataar.

Future Cape Town will continue to collect views that will strengthen the implementation of the goals, ideas and strategies. The majority of these will require significant backing from the public sector, private sector and citizens.

With this framework in place, the City should be in a better position to evaluate proposals for development zones, which may not perfectly align with the SDF. As an example, Century City never appeared on any city development plan before construction began. However, it still plays an important role in growing the city-region economy.

The potential for further engagement around realizing the concepts contained in the 7 Big Ideas of the framework, will support existing processes such as Cape Town 2040 and our existing discussion and debates at Future Cape Town.

“A conservative mindset often dominates in discussions around Cape Town’s future. This keeps a large part of our potential locked in the past. Now is the time to make difficult and bold decisions.

Some of these decisions, for example, those relating to provision of gap housing in various suburbs, may be unpopular today, but serve the sustainable long term needs of the City and Region” concludes Fataar.

With this in mind, the SDF mirrors the aspirations of Future Cape Town to inspire ideas that will promote a liveable City.



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Media Office, Future Cape Town