Approach & Progress

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The Spatial Development Framework 2040 (City of Johannesburg, 2016) and the SDF’s that preceded it use a number of tools to direct urban growth and development. This is to ensure that development occurs in a way that is holistically sustainable; having positive environmental, social and economic effects. Development should be directed in a way that addresses the inequality and inefficiency in the City, transforming it into a more equitable, resilient, efficient and productive urban form. Private investment should also be directed to match government capital investment, promoting a mutually beneficial multiplier effect.

Since the early 2000’s, the City’s strategy for urban growth management can broadly be described as one of ‘compaction’. As the name suggests this promotes higher density, mixed use development in well located parts of the City, rather than sprawl or spreading out. This approach allows for people to live close to where they work and go to school, makes public transit such as BRT viable, reduces the cost of providing infrastructure and other services, reduces pressure on the natural environment, and through agglomeration promotes economic growth.

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