Cape Town gears for extensive engagements on the future of District Six

The City of Cape Town is gearing for extensive engagements with Capetonians about District Six of which the priority is to draft a Local Spatial Development Framework

The City will be re-establishing the community of District
Six in collaboration with national government, the District 6 community,
interested parties and all stakeholders in the years to come.

Work is currently underway in some parts of District Six
where the National Department of Rural Development and Land Reform are
preparing sites for the construction of houses for the beneficiaries.

The City is not involved in the restitution process nor the development,
but it will play a crucial role in creating an overall planning vision for the
area in collaboration with the community.

An important milestone for this upcoming process is the
permission granted by the National Department of Rural Development and Land
Reform for the City to use the District Six Development Framework of 2012 as
the foundation for the imminent engagements and collaboration with residents. A
lot of the work was done in preparing the 2012 framework and this will form the
basis of the drafting and refinement of a final Local Spatial Development
Framework for the area in the coming months.

An agreement between the City and the Department will follow,
outlining the roles and responsibilities for the future planning and
implementation of the District Six community with a strong focus on the history
and memory of the site, social justice, and restoration.

The process of developing a neighbourhood plan or Local
Spatial Development Framework will be undertaking in collaboration with the
District Six Community, interested and affected parties. The programme and
upcoming engagements will be made public once approval from the local sub
council to commence with the public participation process has been obtained
within the next month.

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