Lands, Housing, Physical Planning and Urban Development
The department is one of the departments formed after the formation of Uasin Gishu County Government. It is charged with the following broad mandates:
1. Land administration and management (public land in the former local Authorities);
2. Land Survey and mapping;
3. Development, Management and administration of county houses;
4. Spatial Planning and Development Control; and
5. Management of urban areas.
The departments which were devolved as per the 4th schedule of the constitution were, Physical Planning, Survey, Housing and Land administration of the defunct Eldoret Municipal Council and Wareng and Burnt Forest Townships. These departments carry out concurrent functions meaning that we share staff with national government.
The department is headed by the County Executive Committee member as the policy maker and the Chief Officers who are the accounting and authorized officer. The department has also section heads and other staff members totaling to fifty one (51) County staff in addition to twenty one (21) National Government staff.
The departmental goal in line with vision 2030 and Uasin Gishu County CIDP is to improve livelihoods of Uasin Gishu County residents through sustainable management of land resource through efficient land management and spatial planning, provision of affordable and decent housing in a clean and sustainable and well planned environment. The department is carrying our reorganization to fully deliver on her mandate and this involves constitution of sections, assignment of functions and placement of personnel in the created sections as per the departmental mandate and organization structure.
The following are broad objectives of the department:
1. Ensure order in developments through spatial planning and development control;
2. Secure land rights through efficient land administration and management;
3. Maintain county houses in good condition;
4. Increase the housing stock;
5. Carry out research on housing in the county;
6. Reduce land disputes through speedy settlement of boundary disputes and promote use of alternative disputes resolution mechanisms in settling land disputes;
7. Regulate survey services through quality controls and production of quality maps, and
8. Implement court orders.
Broad Outputs and outcomes
1. Functional Urban areas
i. Prepared plans
ii. Policies guiding development control
iii. Survey of public utility plots
2. Security of tenure
i. Secured plots through fenced plots
ii. Registration of public lands
3. Functional county estates
i. Well maintained estates
The main function of this section is to:
- Formulate, implement and review all housing sector policies;
- Improve the living environment in slums and informal settlements through slum upgrading and prevention;
- Promote low cost housing development through housing sector incentives and provision of housing infrastructure;
- Promote research and utilization of appropriate building materials and construction technologies;
- Coordinate housing and human settlements issues in the county;
- Manage County housing for civil servants;
- Lease office space and residential accommodation for government and
- Formulate and implement policies and legislation guiding estate management.
Listed below are the main functions of the section:
- Coordinate preparation of policy papers on planning issues;
- Prepare budgets and work plans for the department;
- Coordinate preparation of county spatial plan and other plans in the department;
- Prepare action plans for specific projects such as residential housing schemes, shopping centres, industrial estates & recreational facilities;
- Provide advice to Government and private agencies on development proposals and plans;
- Implement and provide feedback on Physical planning guidelines and standards;
- Undertake thematic studies on matters relating to Physical Planning;
- Manage Physical Planning data and
- Oversee development controls and approvals.
The main function of this section is to:
- Coordinate preparation of cabinet papers on land surveys;
- Review policies on surveying, mapping, data management, and human capacity development in the department in the county;
- Maintenance of sub-divisional schemes and engineering surveys;
- Monitoring and evaluation on survey and mapping activities within the county;
- Development, implementation and realization of the departments’ strategic plans and objectives in the county;
- To implement the departments’ performance appraisal system and contracts;
- Overall management and development of staff welfare and their technical requirements in the county;
- Responding to court summons and implement court orders;
- Provide technical advice to land registrar in solving boundary disputes and
- Maintaining of Registration maps.
The following are the functions of Lands section:
- Registration of land for rating (Opening of files);
- Issuance of consent to Charge;
- Issuance of consent to Transfer;
- Amendments of plot files (Changing of names);
- Land dispute resolution;
- Preparation of leases and title deeds for county allocated land and centre plots;
- Liaise with National Land Commission and County Land Management Board;
- Documentation and securing of public utility land;
- Liaise with valuation section in the valuation for rating and preparation for valuation rolls and
- Liaise with rates section on collection of land rates.
|No.||Activity / Project Name||Objective||Estimated Cost (Kshs.)||Output Indicator||Target |
For the year
( 2017 / 2018)
|Achievements for the year ( 2017/ 2018 )||Remarks/ Comments|
|1.||Valuation Roll for Eldoret Municipality||To update the current valuation roll||26,032,952||Increase the revenue collected on ratable properties||To completion||Prepared a draft valuation report||Works ongoing|
|2.||Proposal for Valuation Roll Burnt Forest Township||To come up with a valuation roll||6,300,000||Increase the revenue collected on ratable properties||To completion||Prepared a draft valuation report||Works ongoing|
|3.||Valuation Roll for Turbo Town||Increase the revenue collected on ratable properties||5,206,590||Increase the revenue collected on ratable properties||To completion||Site handed over to the contractor||Works ongoing|
|4.||Land Banking||To secure land parcels for public purpose||11,533,672||Secured land whose security of tenure is with County Government||To completion||Negotiations undertaken and land transferred to County Government||2.104Ha of land purchased|
|5.||Cadastral survey mapping of 3 planned trading centres & 3 Public Utility plots in Eldoret Municipality||To demarcate boundaries for the various parcels (Centres: Ngarua, Kaptooley, Karandili)||552,276||Survey plans|
|To completion||Site handed over to the contractor||98% completed Compilation of cadastral files done|
During the last four years, the County Government has worked hard to reclaim grabbed public land and revert it to its intended use. On housing it’s important that government through public private partnerships makes accessible and affordable housing for the different categories people in both urban and rural areas.
- Developed physical planning regulations to guide development of the entire county.
- Developed a physical plan for Eldoret town and 6 other urban centres to ensure orderly development and provide opportunities for investments.
- Acquired land for public use to ensure services are provided in unreached areas
- Recovered grabbed parcels of land in Eldoret town and other parts of the county
- Secured public land through acquisition of title deeds and
- Purchased land survey equipment to improve land services
- Facilitated title deeds to unregistered pieces of land
- Renovated government houses to improve their stature and enhance their value
- Prepared a renewal and redevelopment plan for Eldoret town government houses
- Developed a county spatial plan which is a land use blue print for a whole county providing framework for guided development for next 10 years
- Streamlined land transactions and eliminated brokers at the central registry
|THE CHIEF OFFICER Department OF LANDS, HOUSING & PHYSICAL PLANNING, P.O.Box 40-30100, Eldoret,Kenya, Tel; 020-2329037/+254-053-2016330/+254-053-2032603/+254-053-2062208, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org|