Paper 2: Key instruments, approaches and strategies to integrate cities

Currently the primary approach to using properties as a tool for integration has been to deliver affordable and low income housing on public land. Integration and transformation need to be driven by numerous interventions, however, that relate to the specific needs of local areas as well as the intention of building functional cities. Importantly this requires a shift in thinking about properties to consider best-use and value as the premise for development and land release. It is also important to align all parties involved in the delivery of ‘development’ through city and provincial planning frameworks. A common understanding of priorities and objectives will be required to develop property plans. These two aspects – best-use/value and city objectives and priorities need to come together in an approach and development process.

This paper is the second in a series of four papers that together look at how to use public property to realise value towards the integration and spatial transformation of South African cities. This paper highlights key instruments, approaches and strategies to achieve functional and integrated South African cities. Six integration strategies are explored: transit orientated development (TOD), land development incentives, inclusionary housing, the use of public property as an instrument for transformation and integration through value realisation, a shift from property management to asset management, and the process of realising value. The third section of the paper then explores the development process and approach that applies.

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