Voice of developers and municipalities: creating more inclusive cities through co-operation

Voice of developers and municipalities: creating more inclusive cities through co-operation

A key challenge facing post-apartheid urban spatial form in South Africa is building inclusive and equitable cities that provide the poor greater access to well-located residential and commercial land. This paper provides an in-depth understanding of how urban land development works practically in South Africa, and the interaction between developers and municipalities.  

The paper points that looking at how urban land development works in practice rises tow important issues: the relatively inaccessibility of the industry to poorer people, and the inability of the industry to make a significant contribution towards poverty alleviation.

On the other hand, when looking at interactions between developers and municipalities, there is clearly a need for greater awareness, sensitivity and consideration of the roles, responsibilities and difficulties faced by the “other”.  

The study finds that truly inclusive cities are unlikely to become a reality in South Africa without the development of greater synergy, cooperation and mutual understanding between municipalities and developers, and municipal attention to developmental outcomes.

Additionally, the document concludes that:

  • clearer protocols for achieving shared outcomes between developers and municipalities through urban development is required
  • such synergy would make urban land development more equitable and sustainable without necessarily reducing how well the market operates

 

 

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