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LAND, URBAN DEVELOPMENT AND PHYSICAL PLANNING CONSULTATIVE WORKSHOP

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The Council of Governors (GoG) in partnership with the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), the Ministry of Lands and Physical Planning (MoLPP) and the National Land Commission (NLC) are currently implementing European Union funded Land Programme ‘Support to the Attainment of Vision 2030 through Devolved Land Reforms in Community Lands of Kenya’.
The programme’s overall objective is to improve food and nutrition security through equitable and secure access and management of land for better livelihoods and socio-economic development in all counties as per Vision 2030. This objective is expected to be achieved through four outputs: improved land management and administration in the counties, promotion and establishment of participatory land use planning methodologies, improved policy and legal framework for land line with the Voluntary Guidelines on the Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries & Forests (VGGT) and strengthening the capacity of research institutions on land tenure and management issues.
The Lands, Urban Development, Housing, Spatial Planning, Energy and Infrastructure Committee at the Council of Governors is the committees that considers all matters relative to Land and spatial planning. In a consultative meeting between the committee and the land programme through the Food and Agricultural Organization, County Governments cited a raft of challenges in the land sector including limited awareness on land laws and their regulations especially community land act 2016, land act 2012 and the land registration act 2012, lack of proper intergovernmental cooperation between the two levels of government in land adjudication and tilting processes, poor management of agricultural land mainly due to carry over laws that provide legal framework for management of public land as well as low prioritization of spatial planning among others.
Although the land programme has made significant strides in addressing the said challenges in the beneficiary counties, there is need to have a unified approach amongst all the County Governments in order to effectively address the challenges. COG provides such an opportunity and platform of bringing together all stakeholders within the land sector in a bid to comprehensively address such issues of parampount importance.
It is against this background that COG in partnership with the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), the Ministry of Lands and Physical Planning (MoLHPP) and the National Land Commission (NLC) convened a consultative workshop from the 9th to 13th of November, 2020 at Kwale County bringing together CECMs in charge of land and spatial planning and the County Directors in charge of Physical and Land Use Planning.
The workshop deliberated various pertinent issues including land and natural resource governance, county physical and land use planning, community land, its recognition, protection and registration, technologies in planning and development control and legal and legislative frameworks governing the land sector.
The meeting adopted several resolutions that would contribute to the furtherance of the land programme. It resolved among others that; MoLPP in collaboration with NLC fast tracks the digitization of land records via the National Land Information System (NLIMS), County Governments to develop proper land use plans/spatial plans for their Counties to manage and control land fragmentation and subdivision by zoning areas for agriculture, County Governments to fast track the development of GIS based County Spatial Plans, All the 47 Counties to have substantive directors of physical and land use planning pursuant to the Physical and Land Use Planning Act 2019 and hire more physical and land use planners, Establishment of a fund for digitization of development control and establishment of functioning (GIS) labs in all the 47 County governments.
Further, the meeting assented that COG should organize a peer to peer learning for Counties including Governors on the use and application of GIS in Vihiga County and online development control system (E- Construction system) in Nairobi County, National and County Governments to strengthen implementation, enforcement & compliance of the relevant legal frameworks in the land sector, County Governments to domesticate and refine national laws by preparing subsequent laws at the County assemblies, Counties and other stakeholders to support, in a coordinated manner the registration of community land among others.

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