Population, Urbanization & Housing

Given the current demographic trends, Kenya will be a predominantly urban country by 2030. The country must, therefore, plan for high quality urban livelihoods for most of her people by that date. The 2030 vision for housing and urbanisation is “an adequately and decently-housed nation in a sustainable environment.” This will be attained through: (i) better development of and access to affordable and adequate housing; (ii) enhanced access to adequate finance for developers and buyers; (iii) pursuit of targeted key reforms to unlock the potential of the housing sector; (iv) initiation of a nationwide urban planning and development campaign, starting with Kenya’s major cities and towns.

 

Flagship Projects for 2008 - 2012

  • Prepare and implement strategic development and investment plans in six metropolitan regions (Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu-Kakamega; Nakuru-Eldoret, Wajir-Garissa-Mandera, Kitui-Mwingi-Meru).

The flagship projects will include:

  • Preparation of a national land-use plan in order to facilitate better urban planning;
  •  Installation of physical and social infrastructure in slums in 20 urban areas to make them formal settlements, permit construction of permanent houses and attract private investment;
  •  Produce  200,000 housing units annually by 2012 under PPP and other initiatives
  •  Establishing housing technology centres in each constituency to increase access to decent housing by promoting location-specific building materials and low-cost housing;
  • Establishing a secondary mortgage finance corporation to increase access to housing finance;
  •  Enacting the Housing Bill, 2006 to legislate for a one-stop housing development approvals mechanism to fast-track approval of housing plans and reduce the time cost of construction.

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