Spatial development frameworks on a broader scale: An integrative approach


  • David Dewar University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • Julian Kiepiel KwaZulu-Natal Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, South Africa


economic development, environment, settlement, service provision, spatial development frameworks, South Africa


Recent exposure to a number of spatial development frameworks on a broader (district and regional) scale in South Africa indicates that there is considerable confusion as to what should be the content of these plans. In addition, many fail to pay any attention to some of the most pressing developmental issues which are emerging. This article argues that regional planning in South Africa has always been based on, inter alia, four central pillars (environment, economic development, settlement and service provision), which need to be informed by insights drawn from a number of disciplinary perspectives. It identifies some of the main developmental challenges in each of these disciplinary areas which these plans should be addressing, provides some disciplinaryspecific insights into them, and then demonstrates an integrative approach to link these divergent issues. 


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Dewar, D., & Kiepiel, J. (2012). Spatial development frameworks on a broader scale: An integrative approach. Town and Regional Planning, 61, 30-35. Retrieved from



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