Catalytic Projects

Transit oriented development (TOD) is important in addressing the imbalances caused by apartheid, which include the long distances that people earning low incomes must travel to get to work or other destinations and the lack of housing density and mixed land use.

Public transport services are unable to break even until there are about 40 to 45 dwellings per hectare. Transport provision will only become profitable once there are about 75 dwellings per hectare. Cape Town’s current density averages about 15 to 19 dwellings per hectare.

The City’s Integrated Public Transport Network Plan (IPTN) 2032 has been approved with a focus on a TOD approach. The Transport Directorate would like to explore ideas with potential investors how the value of key transport sites can be unlocked. This might include the development of the land around rail and major bus stations, together with their precincts, in order to capture their enhanced land values. There could also be opportunities for development rights above transport facilities to facilitate multi-functional urban communities.

The following TOD opportunities have been identified:

  • The development of the unmade Foreshore freeways and surrounding area in the Cape Town CBD.
  • Development opportunities at major multi-modal public transport interchanges (PTIs) in Philippi, Wynberg and Bellville. Opportunities in these precincts arise from their location at points where people access the integration of rail, bus, and minibus taxi services and where future bus rapid transit services are planned.



The City’s investment into this nodal scale redevelopment initiative is in the form of substantial investment to upgrade the public transport interchange and integrate it with the rail station to support existing and potential future land uses. Packaging of the former Paint City site is also part of the intiative. 

Project objectives include transformation and social inclusion, rates generation and land sale and mixed income and mixed use development to better leverage private sector investment.

Philippi East

<h3> Philippi East</h3>

This is an important node with regards to the City’s Integrated Public Transport Network Plan (IPTN) as it is located at the convergence of six planned Integrated Rapid Transit (IRT) system trunk routes. 

Project objectives include mixed use integrated development, local employment opportunities, affordable housing opportunities, private investment opportunities and integrated development with public transport provision. 


<h3> Athlone</h3>

This project presents opportunities for Integration between BRT, rail and land development. 

Project objectives include spatial transformation and social inclusion, mixed income and mixed use development, Transit Oriented Development associated efficiencies and form, leveraging private sector investment, rates generation and land sale.


<h3> Paardevlei</h3>

This project presents the opportunity to leverage public transport investment in rail link as well as future road-based public transport options. The land can also be used for a balanced mix of residential and job creation opportunities.

Project objectives include mixed use integrated development, local employment opportunities, affordable housing opportunities and private investment opportunities.

Conceptual planning is currently underway together with stormwater interventions.