City Think Space is a specialist urban design, city planning, urban strategy and project packaging consultancy in Cape Town, South Africa. We provide innovative, creative and sustainable solutions for the urban development arena based on the principles and application of integrated, sustainable development. Our aim is to make a positive, design led contribution to the transformation, regeneration and rebuilding of Africa’s cities, towns and villages.


Spatial Planning

Cape Town Growth Options CT Metropolitan Area,

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

CLIENT: City of Cape Town, Spatial Planning & Urban Design Department

In 2009 the City of Cape commissioned a detailed investigation into Cape Town’s medium to long-term spatial growth options. While the draft Cape Town Cape Town Spatial Development Framework confirms the City’s commitment to more compact urban growth, it recognised that the long-term urban edge will need to be amended.

The investigation was undertaken as a scenario planning exercise to explore the implications of expanding Cape Town outwards in alternative growth directions. In phase 1 of the investigation City Think Space and Setplan were appointed to research and prepare two long-term (50 years) spatial growth options for Cape Town as well as three medium term (25-30 years) spatial growth options. Phase 2 of the investigation involved the determination of the bulk infrastructure requirement for each option, which was undertaken by BKS, and an evaluation of the various options by The Palmer Development Group (PDG). The Cape Town Growth Option report document the multi-criteria decision analysis methodology employed by PDG and the outcomes of the evaluation of the Growth Options.


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