This literature review of land use planning and regulation in Sub
Saharan Africa (SSA) was carried out for the project 'Urban
infrastructure in Sub-Saharan Africa – harnessing land values, housing
and transport'. It looks at global and regional views on best practice
in land use planning and regulation, and discusses the extent to which
current paradigms and practices of master planning and their associated
land use regulations are leading to improved urban outcomes, including
the necessary infrastructure provision. A total of 187 documents were
reviewed, 68 of which were found in peer reviewed journals, followed by
research documents of multinational and regional organisations.
The review seeks answers to a number of questions concerning the
relationships between planning, land, and infrastructure. These include:
What is the history of formal planning in SSA countries?
What are the advocated alternatives to traditional master planning and
is there evidence of their success in terms of guiding urban
Is there evidence of master planning or land use regulations leading
to increased urban productivity and job creation?
What drives and mediates the relationship between planning and land
Does categorising countries based on various planning/land related
indicators enable a better understanding of the varied and diverse
urban development outcomes among SSA cities?
African Centre for Cities. Urban infrastructure in Sub-Saharan Africa &#8211; harnessing land values, housing and transport: literature review on planning and land use regulation. African Centre for Cities, Cape Town, South Africa (2015) 72 pp.