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Moving away from Single Residential zoning

In the US, there is a growing movement to shift away from Single Residential zoning, citing its use as a tool of segregation, both racial and based on income.

In contrast, the German approach in the Kleinsiedlungsgebiete zone permits without application “single- and two- family homes, farms, small shops, restaurants, crafts, and nondisturbing industry.” /

Noting that SA uses a similar approach in our zoning/land use schemes, what are the ways we should be thinking about changing Single Residential zoning in South Africa? Does the German approach offer the beginnings of an alternative model for South Africa?

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