chapter  9
The Strategic Identification of Suitable Land for Low Income Housing: A Case Study from South Africa
WithSharon M. Biermann
Pages 24

This chapter describes a model designed to assess the suitability of land for low income residential development in order to quantitatively prioritize vacant land for development and to identify areas to be considered for increased residential densities and intensification of land uses. The strategic identification of suitable land for low-income residential development is the first step in the land delivery process, necessary for addressing the housing needs of the low-income urban population. The land delivery process forms an important component of the development process and has been described in the Federal Department of Housing’s White Paper on Housing as comprising three components, namely land identification, land allocation, and land transformation. Land and housing policy for the Greater Johannesburg area will need to focus on infill and re-development strategies to facilitate low-income residential development within the developed city boundaries in suitable areas.