The Neighbourhood Planning and Design Guide (Red Book)
Creating Sustainable Human Settlements

The Neighbourhood Planning and Design Guide is a comprehensively updated and revised version of its predecessor,
the Guidelines for Human Settlement Planning and Design, also known as the Red Book. The development of the new
Red Book was initiated, coordinated and funded by the national Department of Human Settlements. The Council for
Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) was responsible for the management of the development process and the
preparation of the final document.

The Red Book supports the development of sustainable human settlements by providing practical information related
to the planning and design of the services and infrastructure typically provided as part of a neighbourhood
development project.

Postal address
The Department of Human Settlements
Private Bag X644

Call centre
0800 146873


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regarding training events, revisions,
amendments and other updates related
to the Red Book, please register here.

The Neighbourhood Planning and Design Guide
Creating Sustainable Human Settlements

Developed by
Department of Human Settlements

Published by the South African Government
ISBN: 978-0-6399283-2-6
© 2019