Workshop: Physical Planning Forum, Sauti ya Nairobi, TISA, Uraia

The Citizens Coalition for a Better Nairobi ‘Sauti ya Nairobi’ steering team in collaboration with The Institute for Social Accountability (TISA) and Uraia has organized a one-day workshop scheduled for  Wednesday 27th  June 2018  from 8 .00 a.m.- 1 p.m. The workshop will bring together various stakeholders including both State and non-State actors such as Residents associations, Civil Society movements etc to share both their views, experiences and projections in physical planning matter.

The objectives of the Workshop include:

  • To share findings of an initial review on the current legal framework on physical planning in the City of Nairobi.
  • To establish cross cutting partnerships and networks in the field of physical planning.
  • To discuss and document the efforts and experiences of the various stakeholders in the field of physical planning.
  • To derive next steps necessary for legal reform or other required changes in physical planning. To utilize the discussion to improve the framework of the development of a Sauti Strategy

Sauti has offered a few places to members of the built environment who attend Naipolitans Forums and events to attend this forum.

If you are interested in attending the forum, please get in touch with Constant Cap <constant.cap@gmail.com>.

As there are limited places available, these will be issued on a first come first serve basis.

The Citizens Coalition for a Better Nairobi, ‘Sauti ya Nairobi’ was formed in 2017 by a group of concerned residents and professionals. The concerned persons sought to bring together various actors who have been driving for change though a non-political voluntary group. Sauti has brought together various non -state city stakeholders including community leaders, professionals, youth groups, partner organizations and institutions and make use of our strengths as well as available citizen participatory means to advocate and drive towards better planning, accountable urban management and reliable services for citizens in Nairobi.

Sauti aims at utilizing partnerships, studying best practices and making tactical strategies that can help improve the quality of lives of citizens in Nairobi.

Sauti has identified physical planning as one key area that citizens lack not only awareness but are also almost powerless. The city is experiencing growth at alarming levels and the absence of any structured plan or framework in which this is happening is of growing concern. Residents are experiencing ‘change of use’ and ‘extension of use’ within their neighbourhoods that are giving authorization to incompatible land uses.

Many residents are not aware of how they can petition against developments. Majority do not know the development approval process and their rights in this process. There is very little data available (especially Spatial Data) that can enable residents to respond to the various change of use advertisements in the newspapers. Finally, the city lacks a clear legislated zoning policy. The City relies on the 2008 Nairobi City council zoning ordinance. As a number of these zones have been ‘under review’, this has resulted into loopholes in physical planning such as developer’s obtaining a leeway in going beyond the designated plot ratio and ground coverage.