Development within the Midvaal Local Municipality is managed and promoted by way of a Municipal Spatial Development Framework, which is supported by a number of Development Policies and the Midvaal Land Use Scheme. The purpose of these plans and policies is to align to the spatial vision of the municipality; to indicate where the municipality may support development; and provide certainty for the private sector pertaining to the most appropriate areas to acquire land and to invest in business, commercial, and industrial development. The Spatial Development Framework is based on 10 Development Driver.

Development Driver



Strive towards consolidated compact urban areas

Maintain the Urban Development Boundary (UDB) and manage urban-rural cross-over zones to promote compact urban development, support the integrity of rural residential areas, protect high potential agricultural land, and conserve critical biodiversity areas and valuable ecosystems.


Pursue alternative clean energy and reduce the cost to industrial and commercial consumers

To tackle the shortage of energy by partnering with renewable energy service providers and participate in initiatives to generate local power, aid economic diversification along the R59 Corridor, industrial and commercial zones and the urban nodes through public- private partnerships.


Implement and manage corridor and spine development initiatives

Plan, design, and facilitate development along the R59 Corridor, the R82 mobility spine and secondary east-west spines by means of appropriate developments and responsive township layouts in line with the spatial vision and relevant precinct plan proposals.



Encourage agricultural production and processing

Protect all land earmarked for agriculture in order to facilitate and enhance agricultural production. Support innovative small-scale farming in agricultural areas and cross-over zones, and support agri-processing in cross-over zones and in corridors and spines.



Stimulate tourism

Protect tourism resources, heritage assets, and unique precincts by stimulating relevant tourism-related activities and appropriate developments in the ridges, in unique precincts, around Bass Lake, in Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve, and along the Vaal Dam.


Foster walkable nodes and transit orientated development (TODs)

Promote transit-oriented development (TODs) and the creation of compact, walkable, pedestrian-oriented, mixed-use communities centred around all public transit facilities (train stations, taxi ranks, rapid bus systems). Facilitate the development of walkable urban nodes, rather than suburban shopping centres for reduced dependence on a car for mobility and survival.


Ensure connectivity by means of a considered movement network

Capitalise on existing regional links to promote development and utilise the internal movement network to support public transport networks and services. For enhanced continuity, prioritise strategic roads identified in the SDF and consider alignment of proposed roads carefully to prevent further fragmentation of precincts, and unnecessary sterilisation of potential land for development.


Support quality human settlement development

Promote integrated human settlements through varying housing typologies, income models and densification, and prioritise the expansion of the gap market. Plan and implement for the integration of social facilities and commercial activities as integral part of any housing development.


Prioritise environmental management

Protect and manage the natural environment by administering the UDB to ensure an equilibrium between agriculture, tourism, industrial, and urbanisation activities.


Streamline targeted engineering infrastructure investment

Prioritise short to medium term upgrading of engineering services in priority strategic development areas (SDAs) and ensure that engineering services are available before township establishment processes are finalised.


Implement local area plans (precinct plans)

Undertake precinct plans to give effect to the intentions of the broader strategic direction in the SDF and make proposals on a detailed level. Proposals should not only be focused on land use and transport but should also provide practical spatial proposals and urban design guidelines to ensure appropriate spatial form in support of design principles, such as walkability.