Spatial Planning | DEA&DP


The Spatial Planning Directorate is responsible for provincial spatial planning in the Western Cape. In addition, it provides advice and support to other Western Cape Government departments, national departments, other organs of state, municipalities, the public, and the private sector on Spatial Planning and Land Use Management matters, as well as monitoring and overseeing the performance of spatial planning in the Western Cape

Spatial Planning is a strategic process, underpinned by evidence-based and normative urban and regional planning approaches, that seeks to organize, coordinate and integrate how the economy, society and the built environment operate in space, in a manner that is complementary over the long term, to the healthy functioning of natural ecosystems and landscapes, and the need to ensure their protection and restoration.

Spatial Planning seeks to:

  • ensure that integrated, long-term forward-planning is carried out at a municipal, regional and provincial scale, primarily through the development and implementation of Spatial Development Frameworks;
  • drive the national and provincial spatial development agenda through these and other planning instruments; such as, regional plans and municipal Integrated Development Plans;
  • promote better spatial planning practices through gathering and sharing spatial intelligence, and the development of tools; such as guidelines, practice notes; etc.; 
  • promote the implementation of spatial plans through sector plans and programmes, municipal, provincial and national budgets and land use management decisions; etc. and ;
  • facilitate spatial transformation through targeted interventions led by the Mobility and Spatial Transformation Priority in the Provincial Strategic Plan

The Spatial Planning Directorate partners with the Development Planning Intelligence Management and Research Directorate. This Directorate conducts research, gathers and develops intelligence and builds knowledge management platforms to support evidence-based development planning in the Western Cape.


Provincial Spatial Planning:

  • Western Cape Government Sector Planning Alignment: Embedding the Western Cape’s spatial development strategy – the – the Provincial Spatial Development Framework (PSDF) and Regional Spatial Implementation Frameworks (RSIF) - in the plans, programmes and budgets of the Western Cape Government Departments who have a major impact on the built environment.
  • Gender mainstreaming in provincial spatial planning

Regional Spatial Planning:

  • Regional Spatial Implementation Framework (RSIF) implementation facilitation and monitoring
  • Greater Cape Metro Region / Cape Winelands Growth Modelling and Demand Mapping

Municipal Spatial Planning:

  • Municipal Spatial Development Framework Support Programme, inclusive of a MSDF Support Toolkit (see link below under Municipal Spatial Planning Resources)
  • Capital Expenditure Framework Support Programme

Targeted Spatial Transformation Interventions:

  • Western Cape Inclusionary Housing Policy Framework


All PSDF GIS Data (Provincial Spatial Plan) can be accessed via our GIS page here.

Should you require more detailed information on any of the documents above, please don't hesitate to contact the directorate on the contact details below.

* The following documents have been superseded, if you would like to access them please do not hesitate to contact the Directorate: 

  • 2009 PSDF
    • Guidelines for Golf Courses, Golf Estates, Polo Fields and Polo Estates
    • in the Western Cape, 2005
    • Guidelines for Resort Developments in the Western Cape, 2005
    • Draft Western Cape PSDF Rural Land Use Planning and Management
    • Guidelines, 2009
    • Provincial Urban Edge Guideline, 2005
    • Western Cape PSDF Settlement Restructuring: An Explanatory Manual, 2009


PSDF_Summary Overview (pdf, 931.67 KB)



This toolkit is a collection of resources, guidelines, practice notes, and training material that has been collated in support of the development of MSDF’s. These resources can be used by municipal spatial planners and their consultants to develop MSDF’s.

The toolkit can be accessed here:

Users accessing the link for the first time will be guided through the process of getting access.


Each municipality in the Western Cape must compile a MSDF and adopt it as a core component of its Integrated Development Plan, guided by the Municipal Systems Act, 2000 (Act No. 32 of 2000), the Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act, 2013 (Act No. 16 of 2013), the Western Cape Land Use Planning Act, 2014 (Act No. 3 of 2014), and its Municipal Land Use Planning By-law.  An MSDF is a key long-term development planning tool that guides all infrastructure-, land use- and development planning within a municipal area. The MSDF Support Toolkit has been designed to provide municipal planners with access to various resources that will make the development, amendment, or review of their MSDF more efficient.

The MSDF Support Toolkit

The MSDF Support Toolkit includes a range of resources and tools, including:

  • A terms of reference for the development of a MSDF and Capital Expenditure Framework (CEF.
  • A MSDF Resource Handbook that provides a summary of the extensive array of spatial and non-spatial information, data, and intelligence that is used in the development of MSDFs. This reference list of the ‘best available information’ seeks to reduce time and resources spent on sourcing, securing, and summarising policies, and can be used to fast-track the development of the MSDF status quo report.
  • A MSDF process checklist that can help a officials to determine the correct process to compile a MSDF.
  • A set of MSDF guidelines and practice notes that relate to MSDF development, that will be added to over time, as the MSDF Support Programme gains momentum.
  • A guideline setting out best practice in relation to maps and mapping standards in developing MSDF’s.
  • The MSDF Support Programme and the latest MSDF status dashboards for the Western Cape (both updated annually).
  • Training material relating to MSDF development.
  • Various CEF resources, such as the COGTA CEF guideline, the CEF Practice Note, and minimum content that a MSDF must meet in order for a CEF to be developed.
  • The Western Cape Government Spatial Economic Dashboard aimed at providing a spatial perspective on economic data at the settlement level. Its purpose is to enhance our understanding of how the economy operates spatially, to support the integration of spatial and economic planning. To start with, the dashboard uses SARS tax data, spanning from 2014 to 2022, and presents it at various scales such as suburbs, towns, municipalities, and districts. This allows for insights into the distribution of firms, jobs, income across sectors, space, and gender over time.

]Updates to the MSDF Support Toolkit

The MSDF Toolkit will be updated regularly with new resources and tools. To stay up to date, please visit the MSDF toolkit website at least annually to update your versions of the resources. Should you identify a gap, or new resource, please contact Allan Rhodes together with the resource you think will be helpful, for it to be added to the MSDF Support Toolkit.

The MSDF Support Toolkit is a valuable resource for municipal planners in pursuit of the development of realistic, intelligence rich and responsive spatial frameworks. It provides planners with the information and tools they need to develop an MSDF, ultimately improving the practice and usability of the MSDF as a spatial planning tool. For any queries or assistance, please contact Allan Rhodes in the Directorate: Spatial Planning, at or via telephone at 021 483 0764.

More documentation:

More resources, offering spatial intelligence for development planning, are available in our virtual Resource Centre for Development Planning. Should you wish to request access to this Resource Centre, please contact At this stage, this Centre will only be accessible to practitioners employed in municipalities or the Western Cape Government.


Acting Director: Helena Jacobs


Tel. 021 483 5167

Adetunji Adebayo (Provincial Spatial Planning)


Tel. 021 483 0788

Marek Kedzieja (Region 1 – Cape Town / West Coast)


Tel. 021 483 4525

Tania De Waal (Region 2 – Cape Winelands / Overberg)


Tel. 021 483 4360

Allan Rhodes (Region 3 – Garden Route / Central Karoo)


Tel. 021 483 0764