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Nairobi’s new land policy to place the city on the global map

Jul 13, 2021
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Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) is in the process of drafting the Nairobi City County Land Use Policy that will see the government set aside regions for industrial and residential developments.

This is in a bid to try and revamp the Nairobi City to be able to compete with other cities of the world.

Currently mandated to deal with approvals and grant of development permission in the city NMS observed that the county did not have a land use policy and the current development control policies were outdated and inconsistent with the character and ground situation.

According to the Deputy Director General Nairobi Metropolitan Services, Kangethe Thuku NMS is conducting talks with the relevant stakeholders to review physical planning policies to align them with current market dynamics as well as to ensure optimal use of land.

“Already we have a draft Nairobi City County Land Use Policy, draft development control policy and addressing and street naming policy, these documents have been presented to various stakeholders for input and are currently being finalized before submission to the County assembly for approval.” Said Thuku

Last month the county approval system was hacked and according to reports several construction approvals were tampered with, However Thuku maintains that it was brought down for Review, upgrade and further improvement of the-construction permit system complete with QR codes to minimize physical submission of paper documents.

The new city hall approval system is expected to be fully operational by August 2021.

“As NMS we are committed to formulate policies that shall guide and control developments in Nairobi City for the next I 0- 15 years. These policies will provide insights to both the professionals in the built environment as well as to local and global investors on what, how and where to invest in Nairobi City.”

Affordable Housing

Thuku Says that after the completion NMS will begin Undertaking Affordable Housing Programme (AHP) in ten County estates (namely Bahati, Maringo, Ziwani, Jericho, Lumumba, Bondeni, Kariobangi North, California, Embakasi and Woodley)  with procurement of the same currently ongoing.

Improvement of infrastructural services (garbage collection, street lighting, as well as road improvements complete with pedestrian walkways and cycling lanes.

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