The long-awaited draft local spatial development frameworks (LSDFs) for District Six and Bo-Kaap are now available for public comment. The City of Cape Town is calling on residents, the local communities of these areas, and other interested and affected parties to please participate in this very important process and to submit their comments by 31 October 2021.

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The draft LSDFs, also known as local neighbourhood plans, are available on the City’s website at

District Six draft LSDF

The purpose of the LSDF is to re-establish this once vibrant neighbourhood, to create a sense of belonging, and to establish a multicultural community. It formulates a spatial vision, related policy guidelines and interventions that will assist to rebuild the future of District Six in a sustainable manner, and to integrate and connect the district with the surrounding areas.

The spatial vision for District Six is extremely important as it will set the scene for decision making related to the nature and form of future interventions such as the land restitution by the National Government, public realm or public open spaces, infrastructure, and other upgrades and implementation.

‘The redevelopment of District Six is one of the most important redress projects we will see in Cape Town in coming years. The local neighbourhood plan will determine the look and feel of District Six long after the houses for beneficiaries have been built by the National Government. I am calling on all residents to please get involved and to submit their comments and views on the draft LSDF.

‘We have had many engagements with the community and other residents over the past year or so. The draft LSDF is the outcome of the close collaboration between the city, residents, and stakeholders over many months. We are looking forward to taking this journey with residents, and to create a neighbourhood at the foot of Table Mountain that is vibrant, beautiful, inclusive, and sustained by a strong local economy,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Spatial Planning and Environment, Alderman Marian Nieuwoudt.

Bo-Kaap draft LSDF

The Bo-Kaap is the oldest residential neighbourhood in South Africa and one of Cape Town’s most iconic areas with its rich history and unique architecture. Many Bo-Kaap families have been living there for generations and have contributed significantly to our cultural heritage.

The city recognises that this heritage should be protected and enhanced to the benefit of the local community and Capetonians in general through coordinated sustainable development.

The draft local neighbourhood plan takes into consideration the exceptional potential that Bo-Kaap offers in terms of tourism and economic opportunities for its residents, and quality of life for those who call this their home. It focuses on what the Bo-Kaap could look like in future, the local access and movement, the type of developments that should take place and where, while also preserving the Bo-Kaap’s unique heritage, culture, and way of living.

“I want to encourage the community and residents of the Bo-Kaap to please participate in this process and to be actively involved in refining the draft LSDF. Once approved, this plan will play a pivotal role in the regeneration of the Bo-Kaap in coming years, and enhancing a sense of place and community,” said Alderman Nieuwoudt.

The closing date for comments on both LSDFs is 31 October 2021.

Those wanting to submit comments or request further information about the draft LSDFs can send an email to: