On 22nd July 2014 at Kenya School of Monetary Studies (KSMS) the City County of Nairobi held a workshop to validate its integrated urban development master plan (NIUPLAN) and disclose its strategic environmental assessment (sea).
The NIUPLAN is being undertaken by the county government of Nairobi in conjunction with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
This particular meeting was to demonstrate to the stakeholder’s inclusion of material issues raised during public consultative forums. It also set to obtain stakeholders concurrence and support of the proposals in the NIUPLAN.
The Dr. Kidero Evans the governor of Nairobi noted that Nairobi has grown rapidly in the recent years hence the need for a fresh urban development model that is in tandem with the changing times.
JICA through its representative Hideo Eguchi noted that the NIUPLAN has come from the people thus it is a peoples master plan and not an imposed plan from foreigners. They further noted that this is the most consultative plan they have ever engaged in.
Concerns were however raised on the possibility of the plan not being realized like many master plans before it. Others also raised queries on how the other projects and plans in the county will relate to the NIUPLAN. Due to the broad nature of the master plan it will at times clash with other development master plans.
Kidero added that his government will now embark on crafting a master plan implementation bill to be presented to the county assembly for enactment into a law.