This case study discusses the links between spatial planning and the planning for public housing and infrastructure provision in Durban – these being key components influencing and driving the development of the city. It looks at how the approach to spatial planning has changed, the limits of the type of broad spatial planning that was undertaken following the critique of master planning, but also the constraints on its effectiveness that lead to disjunctures between plans and outcomes. A number of initiatives that attempt to improve the linkages between infrastructure planning and public housing provision and spatial planning are discussed.
Section 2 paints a picture for those who don’t know Durban, of its socio-economic make-up and spatial structure and the key policies that influence planning and development. The recent history of local government and spatial planning over the last 20 years is covered briefly in view of its critical influence.
Section 3 deals in some depth with the spatial development framework and its weaknesses which led to the introduction of spatial development plans discussed in Section 4. Section 5 reflects on the implications for infrastructure provision and Section 6 considers recent processes to link spatial, housing and infrastructure planning in an effort to deal with some of the historical shortcomings.
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