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Residents, businesses, stakeholders and interested parties are encouraged to comment on the City of Cape Town’s proposed local spatial development framework (LSDF) for the Philippi Opportunity Area until 4 July 2022. The draft LSDF aims to provide guidance on detailed local planning and public infrastructure investment to unlock development opportunities.

The Philippi Opportunity Area (POA) is located in the metro-south east, in close proximity to the Philippi Horticultural Area, the Cape Town International Airport, and the key access routes of the N2 and R300. It includes portions of Philippi East, the Philippi Industrial Area, Heinz Park, Nyanga, Crossroads and a small portion of Gugulethu, all-in-all approximately 817 ha in total.

The POA’s strategic location is pivotal to its regeneration into an inclusive, thriving, sustainable, and resilient area. The draft LSDF for the POA concludes that this area has the potential to become a catalyst for the development and transformation of the metro-south east.

“The draft LSDF proposes that the POA be transformed into a mixed use and transit-oriented development (TOD) node, with green spaces and an industrial character. It seeks to create urban spaces with a mix of higher density residential development, retail and recreational spaces, within walkable precincts supported by transport facilities and quality social amenities. I encourage residents and interested parties to please participate and to submit their comments on the draft Local Spatial Development Framework for this area,” said the City’s Deputy Mayor and Mayoral Committee Member for Spatial Planning and Environment, Alderman Eddie Andrews.

To participate:

  • The draft LSDF document is available for download here
  • Can be viewed at the offices of Subcouncils 12, 13, 14 and 17
  • Can be viewed at the following libraries: Browns Farm Public Library, Crossroads Public Library, Nyanga Public Library, and Philippi East Public Library
  • Email:

Once the public participation process has been concluded, the draft LSDF will be refined in line of comments received. The draft will then be submitted for Council approval after which the LSDF will become City policy and will guide land use, development and investment decisions in the POA.

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