The Star (Nairobi)

1 May 2014

Kenya: Kiambu Lifts Ban on Change of Land User

THE Kiambu county government has lifted a ban of change of land use. The ban was issued last year after completion of the land use zoning to guide proper utilisation of land.

Through a public notice issued by Administration executive Wilson Maroa, the county states that developers were advised that all applications for subdivisions, building plans, laying of fiber optic cables, change and extension of user and extension of leases must be submitted for vetting at respective subcounty planning offices.

The notice states that advertisement for change of user will be done on the instructions of the county government and at the applicants cost. The county government had halted all change-of-land-use transactions until they designate agricultural and commercial areas.

Land Eunice Kaloki said the temporary stoppage of change of user will protect tea and coffee, which have been seriously affected by the turning of tea and coffee estates.

"The temporary stoppage of change of user was aimed at safeguarding tea and coffee which had quickly being taken over by the booming housing sector in the county," she said.

The Institute of Surveyors of Kenya had last month denounced the move by some counties including Kiambu, Elgeyo Marakwet and Kajiado to halt the transactions as they sort out the mess in their land records and master plans.

However, Kiambu has established a ward-based service delivery structure to help with prompt service delivery across the county. The county's spokesman Machel Waikenda said: "The county is in the process of developing service delivery maps and profiles that will outline backlogs inherited from the various defunct local authorities and baselines as well as an assessment and confirmation of citizen needs."

Waikenda said this will culminate in well-integrated, coordinated and outcome-based operational plans to address ward profiles, service delivery backlogs and baselines and customer needs.

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