Author(s): Dalila Loudyi; Saad Azzaoui
Linked Author(s): Dalila Loudyi
Keywords: IAHR; Hydrolink; Africa; Dalila Loudyi; Saad Azzaoui; Casablanca; metropolization; stormwater management drainage; Urban Agency of Casablanca; the regional council of Casablanca; Settat; the River Basin Agency of Bouregreg and Chaouia; water utility; LYDEC; National Meteorology directorate; SUEZ
Abstract: Casablanca city is the economic capital of Morocco. With its 4.36 million inhabitants, the city has known significant pressure in terms of housing and related necessary infrastructure and utility services. To take control over a looming informal urban sprawl, a Master Plan for Urban Development, which is referred to by the acronym SDAU from its French name Schéma Directeur d'Aménagement Urbain, has been released in 2009. The Plan launched the metropolization phase of Casablanca and its neighborhood in order to frame an unprecedented urbanization dynamic. The SDAU planned to open 20,000 ha to urbanization by 2030, including the creation of seven new towns in the city vicinity.