Salt River site: look at the big­ger pic­ture

Cape Times - - METRO -

THE coun­cil de­lay­ing the de­ci­sion on a project on the Salt River Mar­ket site has two big­ger pic­ture is­sues that need to be ad­dressed.

First, given that the city has de­vel­oped a pipe­line of sites with the in­tent to build so­cial hous­ing, many of these projects will re­quire mixe­duse de­vel­op­ment and cross sub­si­dies to en­able ef­fec­tive, well-man­aged so­cial hous­ing.

The coun­cil needs to clearly ar­tic­u­late, and make pub­lic, the con­di­tions un­der which these sites are re­leased.

This is not just about one sin­gle site, but about a larger pro­gramme for in­clu­sion and in­ner-city af­ford­able hous­ing.

Sec­ond, the city has em­barked on a process of draft­ing an in­clu­sion­ary hous­ing pol­icy.

This will give clear di­rec­tion to pri­vate landown­ers and de­vel­op­ers in tak­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity to­wards pro­vid­ing af­ford­able hous­ing within the in­ner city.

The Salt River Mar­ket Site is one such in­clu­sion­ary hous­ing project.

It presents an op­por­tu­nity to demon­strate how mixed-use projects can ac­com­mo­date that, in a sin­gle de­vel­op­ment, cater­ing to var­i­ous in­come groups.

The process of de­vel­op­ing an in­clu­sion­ary hous­ing pol­icy sits at the heart of de­liv­er­ing af­ford­able hous­ing at scale.

If the City of Cape Town is uncertain about de­vel­op­ments on their own prop­er­ties, such as the Salt River Mar­ket site, it sends a very weak mes­sage for the for­mu­la­tion and di­rec­tion of the in­clu­sion­ary hous­ing.

We need a clear com­mit­ment from the City Coun­cil in pur­suit of an in­clu­sive Cape Town, de­spite all the cur­rent po­lit­i­cal frac­tures. KUNDAI NYAMUTENHA

Com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer – De­vel­op­ment Ac­tion Group

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