Five Significant Trends that Affect Town and Regional Planning in South Africa

Modern town and regional planning initiatives focus on addressing the changing demographics of South Africa, the need for sustainability, and the improvement in life quality. Some of the latest trends, which influence modern urban (town) and regional planning, are briefly discussed below. Many Things, One Place We have grown accustomed to large wholesale to public service providers where you can buy anything from electronics to food under one roof. Speciality stores had to make way for all-in-one supermarkets for a while and then resurfaced. However, many of the smaller speciality stores now combine services and offerings. This trend is expected to stay. An example is a barbershop that offers a pub facility or a bakery that combines selling of delectable desserts with cake dining, tea tastings and arts where people paint their own teacups. Town and regional planning experts take note of the trend, whilst municipal authorities must revisit their business licensing policies and regulations to make provision for fusion of services and businesses, such as places where you can enjoy beverages while your car is being serviced or your dog is being groomed. Old Buildings Get Facelifts A sure positive of modern town and regional planning is the focus on inner-city space revival. A wise man once said something to the effect that a city without old buildings is like an old man without memories. This must have rung a bell or two in the town and regional planning corners, as we see more and more buildings being revamped to bring them into the modern age without losing their historical character and value. Many of the old public...

Factors Influencing Modern City Planning and Development in South Africa

With over half the world’s population living in cities and projections showing that by the year 2045 more than 6 billion people will stay in urban areas, city planning and development trends focus on the creation of sustainable urban areas. City planning and development in South Africa now focus on the design of urban spaces that will support a higher quality of living for the residents. In order to ensure such developments, the professionals who are tasked with city planning engage in research to identify demographic trends. Below we briefly look at some of the urban trends that influence city planning and development in South Africa. Sustainable Buildings A growing awareness of the need to reduce the human development footprint on the environment also leads to a changing focus on city planning to adapt regulations for buildings. The focus is on the responsible use of natural resources with initiatives such as the incorporation of features to conserve water. Many office parks now include rainwater catchment and recycling features. City planners also consider climate change and, with such in mind, create more green spaces. Mixed-Income Housing Many developments have taken place over the past few years in the cities of South Africa, where areas closer to the business hubs have been developed specifically to cater to the housing needs of the more affluent. With such, especially in places like Cape Town, the lower income groups have been pushed out, making it even more difficult for them to find affordable rental spaces. In addition, they must travel far to get to their places of work. We now see some changes in...