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New spatial vision for Philippi Opportunity Area approved<p>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.</p><p>'The POA's strategic location is pivotal to its regeneration into an inclusive, thriving, sustainable, and resilient area. The LSDF for the POA states that this area which includes portions of Philippi East, the Philippi Industrial Area, Heinz Park, Nyanga, Crossroads and a small portion of Gugulethu, has the potential to become a catalyst for the development and transformation of the metro-south east. </p><p>'The LSDF envisions for the POA to be transformed into a mixed use and transit-oriented development (TOD) node, with green spaces and an industrial character. It pursues 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,' said the City's Deputy Mayor and Mayoral Committee Member for Spatial Planning and Environment, Alderman Eddie Andrews.</p><p>Economic development can be ignited by improving the road links with the PHA, the airport, and existing industrial activities, but also upgrading spaces and facilities to better organise the informal economy and giving it a chance to grow. At the same time, it pursues opportunities to create safe and easily accessible neighbourhoods for living, working, and visiting.</p><h4>The LSDF for the POA seeks to unlock the area's potential by, among others:<br></h4><ul><li>improving access through redesigning and upgrading major local roads – these are the road networks linking the POA with the airport, the PHA, and industrial areas</li><li>releasing vacant or underused State owned land to address local needs</li><li>developing a range of mixed use affordable housing typologies for different income groups and lifestyles</li><li>supporting emerging economic activities such as agri-processing and the expansion of the Fresh Produce Market, food production, waste recycling and processing</li><li>supporting informal trading with well-located markets and trading spaces</li><li>encouraging the development of safe and pedestrian-friendly public spaces and celebrating the area's unique character and heritage, including historic tree avenues</li><li>creating a green network with parks, multi-functional stormwater and sports facilities, and food garden spaces</li></ul><p>'The City hosted a public participation process in May and June last year where we asked the local community and stakeholders for their input and proposals for the draft LSDF. We hosted workshops and engagements with development forums, formal businesses and informal traders. We considered all of the input we received and I want to thank all who contributed to this dynamic process.</p><p>'The LSDF for the POA proposes interventions; projects related to roads, infrastructure and placemaking; and investments to support the implementation of the spatial vision. Going forward, the newly approved LSDF will guide land use, development and investment in the POA,' said Alderman Andrews. </p><p> </p><p><strong>End</strong></p><p><br></p>2023-12-18T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#366cd86b-6607-44bd-bfaf-c690e15d90fb;L0|#0366cd86b-6607-44bd-bfaf-c690e15d90fb|Philippi;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#f6dffcad-4b4f-4f86-aaf5-b5b67070df49;L0|#0f6dffcad-4b4f-4f86-aaf5-b5b67070df49|local spatial development framework;GP0|#40a3fc81-398b-4b43-9ae5-09062453094e;L0|#040a3fc81-398b-4b43-9ae5-09062453094e|planning10

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