With the current emphasis in South Africa on how to stimulate large, mixed use housing developments, referred to as "catalytic projects", the work done for Urban LandMark by the University of Pretoria in 2008 is very relevant. Added to that, the idea of inclusionary housing remains a topic of discussion. Commercial developers may be encouraged to develop not just high-end properties but also consider affordable housing production within the so-called gap market.
The investigation titled "Voices of Developers and Municipalities" tries to uncover how private and public sector agencies typically work together to create viable developments. Detailed case studies cover examples of mixed use housing developments, luxury and retirement estates, shopping malls, a football stadium and a theme park.
The lessons learnt about how developers and municipalities can work better together for the benefit of residents, communities, the private sector and government are very pertinent to the current context of increasing public-private collaboration. The investigation is presented as a booklet, a full research report and a presentation of key findings.
Other Urban LandMark investigations that also address this important relationship include the work on land value capture and retail developments.