Page 29 of the City of Cape Town's Spatial Development Framework (Available on the Web) - the Section on the Natural Environment - says:"It Is Important Spatial Planning Initiatives Recognise That Cape Town's Natural Environment and the Uniqueness and Amenity That It Offers Is a Critical Component of the City's Competitive Advantage and Its Service Sector-Based Economy
Page 29 of the City of Cape Town's spatial development framework (available on the web) - the section on the natural environment - says:"It is important spatial planning initiatives recognise that Cape Town's natural environment and the uniqueness and amenity that it offers is a critical component of the city's competitive advantage and its service sector-based economy.
"The protection of the city's natural environment is therefore not purely a conservation effort but also a way of ensuring continued investment in the city. New urban development should be directed towards locations where its impact on critical biodiversity areas, wetlands and agricultural areas will be minimised. The value of maintaining well-functioning ecological systems must be recognised."
That the proposed Princess Vlei shopping mall has been approved speaks of the city's low estimation of the vlei as an area worthy of conservation for the future, the environment and for recreation.
Alternatively, it believes such a culturally, environmentally and historically significant site is better suited to commercial or infrastructure development. …