Nairobi Metropolitan Services Improvement Projects (NaMSIP)
Preparation of 12 Integrated Strategic Urban Development Plans for Selected Areas in Murang’a and Kiambu Counties within the Nairobi Metropolitan Region
CLIENT: Nairobi Metropolitan Service Improvement Project (NaMSIP). Formerly under the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Kenya. World Bank-Funded
Ass. CONSULTANT: BC Gildenhuys and Associates (South Africa)
One of the major development challenges facing Kenya is rapid unplanned urban growth that has resulted negatively on urban economies, inclusiveness and sustainability. It is in response to this background that the Nairobi Metropolitan Service Improvement Project (NaMSIP) was formed to address urban challenges within the capital city of Kenya, Nairobi, and its surrounding counties.
The Nairobi Metro region, extending some 32,000 square kilometers, is a national, regional and international strategic Centre for education, commerce, transport, regional, cooperation and economic development. It connects eastern central and southern African countries and plays a significant role in the global, regional and local economy. It is a center of international diplomacy, finance, banking and commerce.
NaMSIP in collaboration with the metropolitan counties identified areas within Kiambu and Murang’a Counties that were in urgent need of spatial planning and assigned this contract to the consortium comprised of ACAL consulting (Kenya) and BC Gildenhuys and Associates (South Africa). The 12 plans assigned to the Client for preparation were as follows:
The Consultant collected spatial and socio-economic data for the selected planning areas, synthesized the emerging planning constraints and opportunities, and translated these into spatial development strategies.
The Consultant prepared the 12 Plans ensuring participation of all government stakeholders and local community members including persons living with disability, women and the elderly.
The Plans were prepared to allow for the promotion of social and economic development through the provision of proximate, easily accessible services such as upgraded road, water, sewer, health and education infrastructure. The Plans shall bind, guide and inform all planning development and decisions in the respective urban centers and ensure comprehensive inclusion of all urban functions.
IMPACT OF THE PLANS
The Plans prepared have had a major impact on the specific planning areas. The Plans can now be used by the Counties for: