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Title:Towards effective city planning: the case of Cape Town in identifying potential housing land
Authors:Brown-Luthango, MercyISNI
Makanga, Prestige
Smit, Julian
Periodical:Urban Forum (ISSN 1874-6330)
Geographic term:South Africa
urban planning
land use
housing policy
External link:https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12132-012-9153-1
Abstract:Vacant land in cities is an important resource as it presents opportunities for urban renewal and revitalization and can contribute to municipal revenue. In a context of growing informality and homelessness in cities of the South, the presence of large tracts of vacant land is a sign of inefficient urban planning and a dysfunctional land market. It is therefore critical for local governments to have reliable data of the extent of vacant land parcels in cities and their potential for housing development, particularly affordable housing for the poor. South African cities, and in this case the city of Cape Town in particular, face huge constraints in terms of suitable, well-located and affordable land for low-cost housing development. This article discusses the 'Potential Housing Land Model', a tool which could assist decision-makers in identifying such land parcels, developed by the Cape Urban Observatory, part of the African Centre for Cities, based at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]