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To attain this overall vision of a restructured urban space, the City is committed to concentrating capital funding and a range of interventions over the medium to long term in the Corridors of Freedom. The detailed planning for this has been captured in Strategic Area Frameworks for Louis Botha, Empire-Perth and Turffontein Corridors as well as precinct plans for Jabulani, Nancefield Station, Kliptown, Orlando Ekhaya and Orlando East within the Soweto Corridor. Planning for the Mining Belt is currently underway.

The Strategic Area Framework provides 1) the desired spatial response to the intent of the Corridors of Freedom vision by providing development guidelines and parameters such as housing typologies, development controls, densities and land use mix and 2) the projects and programs required to realise this spatial vision. In short, the Strategic Area Frameworks:

  • Provide spatial context for future development
  • Guide investment decisions
  • Identify requirements and opportunities for transformation.

The Corridors of Freedom represent a significant key opportunity to address and successfully implement the developmental goals of the City as outlined in the Joburg Growth and Development Strategy 2040. The approach outlined in the Strategic Area Framework therefore recognises the potential of the Corridors to realise a number of high level outcomes and long-term benefits:

  • Improved urban efficiencies
  • Viable public transport service
  • Reduced car dependency and shorter trip lengths
  • More people closer to work, shopping and leisure opportunities
  • Lower per capita infrastructure cost
  • Efficient service provision
  • Accessibility to economic and social opportunities
  • Economic, social and environmental sustainability
  • Reduced energy consumption and carbon emissions – environmental benefit and improved health and quality of life
  • Neighbourhoods supported with full range of social amenities
  • Higher land productivity
  • Residents will have a wider range of choices of housing – more rental in well located areas
  • Residential and economic activities in areas where public transport is present
  • Solid basis and support for long-term investment
  • Increased land value and social value in critical areas of the city
  • Enhanced liveability of neighbourhoods with improved public spaces
  • Spatial and social transformation
  • Housing options for range of income group 
  • Connected neighbourhoods 
  • Curtailed urban sprawl, with densification and infill-development overcoming the burden of fragmentation of urban areas
  • Restructuring (Spatially and economically) the apartheid city toward a more integrated city form, which seeks to make the city more accessible to disadvantaged groups
  • More efficient relationship between low-income housing, informal economies and public transport
  • Integrative development that can benefit areas beyond the limit of the study area

To view/ download the Strategic Area Frameworks click on the supplied link: http://bit.ly/Strategic_Area_Frameworks