Machakos, Makueni, and Machakos County governments have suspended the issuance of new development permits around the upcoming Konza City.
According to the governments, permits will not be issued for developers seeking to develop properties withing a ten-kilometre radius around the technopolis, also known as the Konza Planning Zone for the next 90 days.
The decision was arrived at to allow a newly constituted Inter-County Joint Physical and Land Use Planning Committee to develop an Inter-County Physical and Land Use Development Plan to offer guidelines and standards for the regulation of land use practices and overall development in the zone.
The statement was signed by respective county secretaries: Hon. Hamilton Parseina, County Executive Committee Member Lands, Physical Planning, Housing, Urban Development & Municipalities County Government of Kajiado, Hon. Julius Mulwa Kaloi County Executive Committee Member, Lands, Urban Development, Environment and Climate Change County Government of Makueni and Hon. Evelyne Kavuu Mutie, County Executive Committee Member Energy, Lands, Housing and Urban Development, County Government of Machakos.
Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government, Dr. Fred Matiang’i adds that there is a need for the governments to collaborate in protecting the ecosystem around the upcoming smart city to offer value to investors and properties around the said radius. The CS said this in a meeting attended by the governors from the three counties.
The ICT CS Joe Mucheru was also in attendance.
According to the directive, plan will provide basic guidelines and standards for regulation of land use practices and general development while controlling activities for the respective counties bordering the Technopolis. It will also guide developers and property owners on acceptable standards.
Konza is now evidence of what happens when Government leaders at all levels work together and focus on things that matter. What matters is delivering this project to the people of Kenya.