City calls for comment on reduced off-street parking

The City of Cape Town has called for comment on the map demarcating the reduced off-street parking requirements for developments in areas with good access to the MyCiTi service, minibus-taxis, trains and the Golden Arrow Bus Service (GABS).

This public participation process includes an amendment to Annexure C of the Development Management Scheme, Schedule 3 of the Municipal Planning By-law.

City wants public participation for parking requirements

The City proposes to approve a plan which indicates which areas it deems to have Public Transport areas 1 and 2 (PT1 and PT2 areas) requirements; and to amend Annexure C to the Development Management Scheme (DMS) accordingly.

The map shows demarcations of the PT1 and PT2 areas based on information about the use of the MyCiTi feeder and express services, GABS, trains and minibus taxis.

Residents and interested and affected parties can submit their comments on:

  • the PT1 and PT2 indications on the map and whether these should be approved by Council; and
  • whether Council should amend the Municipal Planning By-law (MPBL) to record the plan in Annexure C.

How to participate:

  • additional information, the map and proposed amendment to the MPBL are available on
  • comments can be submitted by email to:
  • comments can be submitted via the City’s website at
  • comments can be submitted until Monday January 31 next year.

The City’s Development Management Scheme (DMS) stipulates the minimum requirements for off-street parking for new developments. The DMS differentiates between areas that are well served by public transport services, and those where residents rely on their private vehicles and thus would need off-street parking.

The map that is now available for public comment takes into account the impact of public transport on reducing private vehicle use and the subsequent lower demand for parking in areas that are served by these trunk and feeder services.

The City wants to reduce the use of private vehicles and, through reducing off-street parking requirements, free up space for development.

The reduction in off-street parking, however, is not compulsory, and developers and landowners will still be able to decide how they want to cater for the needs in a particular development and whether the target market would prefer or need off-street parking or not.