Lands and Physical Planning PS, Dr. Nicholas Muraguri on Friday launched the National Technical implementation committee of the National Land Use Policy (NLUP) in Nairobi.
Dr. Muraguri said implementation of the policy would help to make management of land more efficient, equitable, optimal and more sustainable. This is the country’s first national land use policy in line with vision 2030 and the government’s Big Four Agenda.
“National Land Use Policy will help to realize the Big Four Agenda particularly in food security and affordable housing” said the Lands PS.
“National Land Use Policy also provides a framework for sustainable utilization of the Blue Economy,” he said.
Dr. Muraguri commended both the National and County Governments, National Land Commission together with relevant/ stakeholders for their active role in the process of implementing the Land Use Policy.
In his remarks, the National Director of Physical Planning, Mr. Augustine Masinde stressed on the need to establish Land Banks to act as a one-stop-shop for both local and foreign investors. He was speaking at the opening of the inaugural Physical Planners Registration Board workshop at a Nairobi hotel.
The Physical Planners Registration Board Consists of nine members nominated from the Public Sector (National and County), University of Nairobi Department of Urban and Regional Planning and the Architectural Association of Kenya (Town Planners Chapter) who are appointed by the Cabinet secretary as per the provisions of the Schedule of the Act.
Land Banks are Quasi-governmental entities created by counties to effectively manage an inventory of under-utilized, abandoned or fore-closed property.
The overall goal of the national land use policy is to provide legal, administrative, institutional and technological framework for optimal utilization and productivity of land related resources in a sustainable and desirable manner at national, county and community levels.