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November 21, 2018

Eldoret develops a land-use plan

A section of Eldoret town where lack of planning has led to mushrooming of slums
A section of Eldoret town where lack of planning has led to mushrooming of slums

UASIN Gishu county has developed a land-use framework to guide development of property in Eldoret, its headquarters.

The county expects the guidelines to help mitigate mushrooming of slums.

Governor Jackson Mandago said the plan is to properly demarcate the highly urbanising town into residential and commercial set-ups.

The framework will also control use of land, with key focus on proper planning for constructions, public facilities and even agricultural activities.

“The land use framework will addresses salient planning challenges facing Eldoret and the entire Uasin Gishu County,” Mandago said.

He said land use in the town has been uncoordinated due to high urbanisation, threatening planned development and development of agricultural activities.

Last year, the county government was forced to suspend critical land transactions such as land subdivision and change of user services, with the view of first addressing the unplanned development.

The land use framework will define the urban growth limits to promote controlled urbanisation.

Urban sprawl is the major planning challenge facing Eldoret and the county in general.

This include uncontrolled fragmentation of land and urban development and proliferation of slums, among others, leading to low productivity of the land.

“It will not be possible for one to wake up and put up any building in any place. All developments will have to abide by provisions in the framework,” said Lands and Housing executive Robert Ngisirey.

He says the land use framework will be the basis for which development requirements will be controlled and implemented. The plan is crafted to fit into the subsequent physical development plans for the region.

The framework will also help to protect public land from private developers.


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