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Regional planning and sustainability: limits and potentials of South Africa's integrated development plans

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This paper considers whether South Africa's Integrated Development Plans provide an adequate framework for achieving sustainable regional development, particularly for peripheral regions of developing countries. It examines the case of Integrated Development Planning in the Ugu District Municipality, which has been acclaimed for its emphasis on incorporating principles of sustainable development into its planning processes. While the emphasis on integration and the multi-sectoral approach are strengths, greater attention needs to be given to environmental aspects, and the form of planning needs to be adapted to the context, and its social, economic and political dynamics.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: School of Architecture, Planning and Housing University of KwaZulu-Natal Durban South Africa

Publication date: November 1, 2004

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