News - Johannesburg Nodal Review Public Participation

The first round of public participation for the Nodal Review for the City of Johannesburg starts on Wednesday 19 July.

At each meeting, the draft nodal review will be presented followed by a session of 
public input and comment. These comments will then be considered for incorporation into the nodal review.
 
Please RSVP to Dylan Weakley on dylanw@joburg.org.za or 011 407 6965
 
Region A Wednesday, 19 July 2017 Midrand Fire Station , 19 1st Ave, Halfway Gardens, Midrand 08:30 AM to 12:00 PM 

Region B Tuesday, 25 July 2017 TBC 08:30 AM 09:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Region C Friday, 21 July 2017 Phelindaba Chamber at the Roodepoort Civic Centre, 100 Christiaan De Wet Road, Roodepoort 08:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Region D Thursday, 20 July 2017 Jabulani Civic Centre, 1 Koma St, Jabulani, Soweto 08:30 AM to 12:00 PM
 
Region E Wednesday, 26 July 2017 Sandton Region E Offices, Training Room, 137 Daisy Street, Sandton 08:30 AM 09:00 AM to 12:00 PM
 
Region F Friday, 28 July 2017 Egoli Boardroom, B Block, Ground Floor (next to the canteen), Metro Centre, 158 Civic Boulevard (formerly Loveday St) Braamfontein 08:30 AM to 12:00 PM
 
Region G Tuesday, 01 August 2017 Corobrik Building K43 Highway Road Lenasia South Municipal Complex 08:30 AM to 12:00 PM
 
 
The need for nodes

The Spatial Development Framework 2040 (City of Johannesburg, 2016) and the SDF’s that preceded it use a number of tools to direct urban growth and development. This is to ensure that development occurs in a way that is holistically sustainable; having positive environmental, social and economic effects. Development should be directed in a way that addresses the inequality and inefficiency in the City, transforming it into a more equitable, resilient, efficient and productive urban form. Private investment should also be directed to match government capital investment, promoting a mutually beneficial multiplier effect.

Since the early 2000’s, the City’s strategy for urban growth management can broadly be described as one of ‘compaction’. As the name suggests this promotes higher density, mixed use development in well located parts of the City, rather than sprawl or spreading out. This approach allows for people to live close to where they work and go to school, makes public transit such as BRT viable, reduces the cost of providing infrastructure and other services, reduces pressure on the natural environment, and through agglomeration promotes economic growth.

For this plan to work, as mentioned above, high intensity development should be concentrated in clearly defined ‘well located’ areas. These areas are a key tool of the SDF and its predecessors and the documents describe them as nodes, or mixed-use nodes. These nodes may differ from one another (for example some need more housing while others may need more business), but essentially they are areas where high intensity and mixed use development (supported by government infrastructure investment) should take place.