Kenya: Big Changes Proposed in Revised National Urban Development Policy

Developed by the Kenya Ministry of Land, Housing, and Urban Development, the Revised National Urban Development Policy seeks creation of an additional municipality in every county, under guidelines for the classification of urban land uses and design.

County headquarters will be upgraded to municipal status, according to a revised national urban development policy released this month.Urban areas and cities were previously identified and classified without clear criteria, leading to skewed distribution of urban areas and cities and inequality in development.

The document seeks the creation of metropolitan areas for effective cooperation and management, and development of a spatial framework for metropolitan planning. Currently, possible creation of metropolitan areas is not based on legislation. It proposes mapping of informal settlements, harmonisation of policies, legislation and administrative frameworks for urban informal housing and establishment of inspectorate mechanisms in urban authorities to enforce informal housing laws.

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