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Analysis of technical skills of local authority staff in urban land use planning units in Central Region, Kenya

Lack of adequate infrastructure, poor housing amenities, urban sprawl, informal settlements, congestion of both human and vehicular traffic are all manifestation of poor land use planning. The purpose of this study was to investigate the influence of institutional technical skills capacity within the Local authorities in application of urban land use planning as process to controlling the development with the jurisdiction.

Politics of urban housing: A case study of Buru Buru housing scheme

One of the most pressing social problems in the developing world is lack of adequate shelter particularly in the cities. This is a result of rapid urbanization and incapability of governments to provide sufficient housing. The aim of this study is to find out the main socia-economic factors which have been responsible for the poor state of housing in Nairobi. This is done by the means of a case study of Buru Buru tenant-purchase scheme which is geared toward middle-income wage earners.

Effect Of Urbanization On Rainfall Over Kilimanjaro Region

Precipitation is a key link in the global water cycle and a proxy for changing climate. This study sought to assess the effects of urbanization on precipitation in Kilimanjaro region based on observed rainfall and population data between the period 1982 and 2012. Graphical analysis was used to determine space time variability of rainfall amount, frequency and intensity while the relationship between urbanization and rainfall was achieved through correlation and regression analysis.

Slum and squatter settlements in Sub-Saharan Africa: toward a planning strategy

Characterized by the rapid growth of spontaneous squatter settlements, the urbanization process in Africa differs substantially from that of more developed countries. This book provides fresh insights into the goals and nature of development of the urban sector of Africa. It brings together urban geographers, planners, economists, anthropologists, political scientists, historians, and sociologists to examine the interaction between the modern and traditional forces shaping development.

Planning and conservation strategy of Karura forest, the city of Nairobi, Kenya

The purpose of the study was to investigate the practice of Urban Forestry. This was necessitated by the revelation, from the press and other members of public that the allocation of forest land for other land uses was taking place at a high rate. For along time neither economists nor decision-makers have fully acknowledged the subsistence value of forests or considered livelihood dependence to be a factor in forest conservation. Yet information about domestic forest use values and their role in local livelihoods forms an integral part of forest conservation planning.

Urban design, permeability and functionality of city central places: A case of the CBD of the city of Nairobi, Kenya

Urban Planning and Design is a multifaceted and complex process that requires variety and subtlety in policy response. Such responses need to be based upon a multi disciplinary understanding of the social and economic forces affecting urban areas, the nature of government and organisation and the physical nature of the city. The purpose of this study therefore is to carry out an assessment of the CBD of Nairobi in terms of its spatial structure so as to suggest a spatial and institutional framework for the spatial planning and design of the CBD of the City of Nairobi.

The urban block as a tool for urban design

The urban block is the link between city user’s everyday lives and the urban space. This study calls for this urban component to be treated as an essential element of the city when new urban plans and models are developed. The aim of this study was to investigate how evolution of the urban block has influenced design of urban spaces, in order to develop principles that could be adopted for Parklands, Nairobi where the urban block is rapidly changing.

The role of small and intermediate urban centres in regional and national development: a case study of municipality of Bungoma, Kenya.

This study is on the role of small and intermediate urban centres (sruCs) in regional and national development in Kenya using Municipality of Bungoma (MoB) as a case study. SIUCs potentially fulfil an important role in integrating urban and rural functions into national spatial systems. sruCs can provide important linkage effects down the spatial hierarchy to farm and villages as well as upward to major urban centres.

Assessing planning policy framework for public urban parks: A case of city park, Nairobi

Public urban parks provide environmental, economic and social benefits to the urban communities. In Kenya their quality over time has deteriorated resulting in encroachment, lack of attention, poor maintenance, lack of development and under utilization. Kenya lacks a policy framework for urban park planning and management but has legislation dealing with their different aspects and components.

The problems facing Machakos township authority in the preparation and implementation of physical development plans

Land use development poses a formidable challenge to the local authorities which are inadequately equipped politically, administratively, technically and financially to perform their planning obligations efficiently and effectively. It is this fundamental problem confronting local authorities in the management of land use development in the urban centres in Kenya, that forms the central theme underlying this study.

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