• Spatial Planning and Land Use Management

Spatial Planning and Land-Use Management

The spatial planning and land-use management programme focuses on exploring strategies and systems that are critical for addressing the fragmented land system and inherited spatial form in South African cities.

A particular focus is the changing legislative environment, and the evolution of spatial planning and land use management practices with the introduction of the Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act (16 of 2013), or SPLUMA. 


  • The Urban Land Paper Series Vol. 2 takes a transit oriented development approach as a lens through which to explore various land questions facing cities because TOD is unequivocally urban in its nature. This compilation represents the draft papers presented for discussion and conversation to inform a wider debate on the issue of land.
  • The Spatial Strategies Alignment Paper is a summary of a detailed study undertaken by the Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) for the South African Cities Network and the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs as part of the process of developing the Integrated Urban Development Framework (IUDF), the State of the Cities Report. The study uses three municipalities as case studies to draw conclusions relating to the links and effectiveness of existing spatial policy at the local government level
  • The Guideline “Developing a collective approach to mixed use development in Transit Orientated Development (TOD) Precincts” provides a ten year review of City experience in using TOD approaches to land development in the vicinity of public transport stations. Cities used as case studies are Cape Town (Bus – My City), Johannesburg (Rail – Gautrain) and Tshwane (Rail – Prasa). Based on the Cities’ experience, a set of guidelines for the public and private sector are proposed that seek to improve the spatial planning, land use management and urban management of TOD precincts. The Guideline is a collaboration between the SACN and the South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA). It was first circulated at the SAPOA Convention in June 2016.
  • As part the five year programme beginning in July 2016 the SACN is seeking to undertake the first State of the Cities Infrastructure Report. To determine the content and nature of such a Report the SACN commissioned PDG to draft a brief Scoping Study, which is provided. This Scoping Study will be used by SACN to frame the compilation of the actual SOCIR.
  • The Urban Land Paper Series Volume 1. This set of eight working papers seeks to define land and outline the roles that land can play as a catalyst for spatial transformation in municipalities.
  • SPLUMA as a Tool for Spatial Transformation. This study seeks to understand the extend to which the introduction of SPLUMA could assist in achieving spatial transformation.
  • Assessing the Fiscal Impacts of Development. SACN and National Treasury’s City Support Programme commissioned a study to development a tool to assist metro municipalities to assess the fiscal impacts of developments in the local sphere. The objective was to provide metros with a tool that could provide a strong motivation for rational and evidence-based spatial planning decisions.
  • Land Acquisition Study. An overview of the legislative and policy framework informing the acquisition of land from state-owned companies and other organs of state by municipalities and/or the HDA for developmental purposes, reflecting on the experience of four metros (eThekwini, Buffalo City, Mangaung and Ekurhuleni).
  • Assessing Capacity for Spatial Transformation in SACN Member Cities. A study that assessed the capacity for spatial transformation in eThekwini, Msunduzi, Tshwane, Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni, Buffalo City, Mangaung and Nelson Mandela Bay.