12 March 2019

South Africa: City of Cape Town Proposes Amendments to Municipal Planning By-Laws to Aid Inclusivity

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The City of Cape Town is encouraging Capetonians to submit a comment on proposed amendments to the Municipal Planning by-law. In a city where the scars of apartheid spatial planning are still visible, the City claims that the amendments will work to include residents who have previously been excluded from the city's metropolitan areas. However, some interest groups disagree.

The City of Cape Town is proposing a number of crucial amendments to the Municipal Planning By-Law (MPBL) as a part of its annual review process. The MPBL regulates developments and land use in Cape Town and may have an impact on property rights, as well as on future developments and land uses.

Mayoral committee member for Spatial Planning and Environment, Marian Nieuwoudt, outlined in a press statement on 8 March that "the amendments will have an impact on what our cities and suburbs will look like a few years on. Thus, all of us who live and work in Cape Town have an interest in the outcome of this process, regardless of whether you're a property owner or not".

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