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Explained [2] Planning For Non-Planners

  • Cape Institute for Architecture 71 Hout Street Cape Town, WC, 8000 South Africa (map)

EVENT: Join Young Urbanists for Part 2 in our lecture series titled: EXPLAINED, where we will be hosting various professionals in the field to share their knowledge around the theme of planning, urban design and governance to non-professionals and the broader public.

Young Urbanists is excited to host Craig Davies and Matthew Gray, who will discuss Cape Town's land use planning system, its zoning scheme and whether these serve to promote or negate the achievement of a city that is integrated, vibrant, compact and mixed-use.

DETAILS: 5:30pm for 6pm, Thursday, 8 June 2017 at 71 Hout Street, Cape Town

RSVP: by Monday, 5 June 2017

Outside of the central city and a few key precincts and corridors, Cape Town is, to a large extent, a fragmented, hostile and sprawling city that is costly to maintain and increasingly inefficient to use, with the worst traffic congestion of any South African city. 

Craig Davies is an embedded PhD researcher with the City of Cape Town and the African Centre for Cities with nearly two years' experience working as a case officer tasked with processing land use applications (departures, consents, subdivisions, rezonings) in the Southern District of the City of Cape Town in accordance with planning legislation.

Matthew Gray is a local architect and urban designer who has for many years been at the forefront of promoting good urbanism and good urban design in Cape Town. Together Matthew and Craig will discuss Cape Town's planning system and its effects on good urbanism, and, in so doing, will try to answer a number of important related questions, such as:

Why do we still separate land uses when international best practice has, for years, advocated for mixing them?

Can a city proactively rezone land (prior to development application requests) in order to achieve a compact mix of land uses?

How do we justify the continued separation of land use through zoning that only seems to exacerbate traffic congestion?

Does Cape Town's land use planning system play any role in preventing or facilitating greenfield development on the peripheries of our cities? (such as the proliferation of gated communities taking place in Somerset West, Durbanville and Kuils River)

How does the public participation process work?

What is NIMBYism and how does it impact the planning process?

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