Private developments with inclusionary housing units are coming to the Western Cape. This is the result of a policy intervention that’s relatively new to the province and SA, and there may be a lot of questions about how it works, who will benefit, and where inclusionary housing developments will be. We encourage all to read the draft Western Cape Inclusionary Housing Policy Framework for more detail because we all need to be ready to embrace this innovative spatial justice tool.

A common misconception is that inclusionary housing is a state housing delivery tool. It is actually a planning and land use mechanism municipalities can implement to oblige private developers to provide affordable housing at below market rates in new residential or mixed-use developments. What is the difference? The government administers state-assisted housing programmes whereas inclusionary housing units will be in private developments. So the private sector has to shoulder a government obligation?...

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