n Journal of Public Administration - Urban growth management and governance in the global south : an overview and some implications

Volume 55 Number 1
  • ISSN : 0036-0767


With the end of colonialism and segregationist rule, cities in the south experienced levels of urbanisation associated with much lower levels of per capita income (and consequent economic growth), with agricultural productivity and industrialisation not sufficient to sustain the growth of their cities. In these immense urban agglomerations, which often show a dramatic sprawl accompanied by an explosive population growth, the environmental and social consequences are disastrous. National, regional and local spatial planning policies are usually not coupled with serious, sustainable urban planning measures as sustainability in most cases is subservient to basic survival. The practice of town planning historically inherited many principles from the colonial north. Modernist planning principles, such as planning for strict separation of land uses and functions, and planning for health and safety regulations to mitigate poor living conditions in central cities are two examples of planning practices directly associated with planning in colonial Britain during the 19th century. For several decades, urban containment policies have been applied in the global north as a strategy towards creating compact urban development and sustainability. In the south the urban growth management discourse has been part of planning practice for the past three decades. There are, however, a number of reasons, both structural and political that have contributed to its limited success. The purpose of the research is to provide an overview of urban growth management in the south, as well as issues of governance pertaining to urban growth management decision making in the south. The research elevates key aspects to be taken cognisance of for future urban growth management policies.

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