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Invitation: Comment on the Urban Design Framework for the Fringe

Fringe The Hostel Urban Design Framework, photo by Lisa Burnell

The City of Cape Town is calling on interested parties to comment on the final draft of the Urban Design Framework for the Fringe, as part of the final round of public participation.

This framework, for the core of the Cape Town Central Business District’s (CBD) east city precinct, establishes the spatial parameters for future development, redevelopment and re-use of existing buildings and spaces in the area. It contributes to realising the east city precinct’s role as an area of important cultural and emerging economic significance based on its location between District Six and the CBD.

The main focus of the framework is a set of proposed design principles and guidelines, to support an urban environment for design, innovation and creativity.

The draft framework is available for perusal at:

  • The Table Bay district office: 2nd Floor, Media City, Hertzog Boulevard, Cape Town
  • Subcouncil 16 office: 11th Floor, 44 Wale Street, Cape Town
  • Subcouncil 15 office: Pinelands Training Centre, Pinelands
  • Central Library: Drill Hall, Darling Street, Cape Town
  • The Hostel: 86 Commercial Street (corner of Commercial Street and Canterbury Street), Cape Town
  • Please visit to view an electronic version of the draft policy, from 1 February 2013.

Interested parties are requested to submit their comments in writing between 1 February and 4 March 2013, via:

  • E-mail to
  • Post to P.O. Box 4511, Cape Town 8000 (marked ‘For the Attention of Liezel Kruger-Fountain’)
  • Fax to 021 421 6209

Interested parties are also invited to attend an informative ‘open house’ event. Details are as follows:

Date:         Tuesday 12 February 2013
Time:        10h00 – 17h00
Venue:      The Hostel, 86 Commercial Street (corner of Commercial Street and Canterbury Street), Cape Town

Background on the Fringe and its Urban Design Framework

The Fringe, at the heart of the east city precinct, refers to the area on the eastern side of Cape Town’s Central City, next to District Six. The key boundaries of the area are Roeland and Darling Streets, and Buitenkant and Canterbury Streets, as well as a strip of land that connects The Fringe to the Cape Peninsula University of Technology from Longmarket Street through to Tennant Street.

Ever since the early drafts of the Table Bay District Plan, the east city precinct was identified as an area that is able to facilitate intensive mixed-use development with the emphasis on creative industries and related land uses. In order for the east city precinct to reach its full economic and urban potential, further spatial direction and urban design guidance was necessary. With support and direction from the City, the Cape Town Partnership therefore started drafting The Fringe: Urban Design Framework in early 2011 – funded and supported by the Provincial Government’s Economic Development and Tourism Department through its Cape Catalyst initiative.

Since then widespread public participation processes have been undertaken and the input used to update the draft so that it recognises the intangible characteristics of the area and guides development that will enhance the area and facilitate its emerging role. This final draft of the framework attempts to establish a robust yet flexible guide for the future development of the precinct by introducing urban design guidelines, primarily with regards to:

  • Working within the existing character of the area
  • Working within established urban patterns
  • Re-establishing urban continuity
  • Establishing a more permeable, as opposed to discontinued, street network
  • Delivering a pedestrian environment
  • Integrating public transport with public space
  • Extending the city’s public space network
  • Facilitating a culture of street activity

Following this final public comment period, the draft will be reviewed and finalised.

The latest draft of Urban Design Framework for the Fringe is available for download: Click here to download it

The City of Cape Town supports ‘The Fringe: Cape Town’s Innovation District’ – a Central City project funded and supported by the Provincial Government – and has been an active partner in the project since its inception. The vision for the project is to create an enabling space where design and technology are generators for economic growth and opportunity. It is therefore an important element of the City’s World Design Capital 2014 programme.

Find out more about the Fringe online through:

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