NLC launches two policy documents to oversee land use planning in the country
The National Land Commission has launched the tools for monitoring and controlling the implementation of the National Territorial Development Plan (2015-2045) and the National Territorial Development Policy (Parliamentary Document No. 1 of 2017) .
Speaking at the launch, Defense Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa said the National Land Use Policy (NLUP) sets out long-term goals on land use management to promote best land use practices for optimal use of land resources.
Wamalwa noted that the National Spatial Plan (NSP) is one of the flagship projects identified under the Kenya Vision 2030 and provides a national spatial framework that defines how the national space is used to ensure optimal use and sustainable land.
On the other hand, the SC said the policy provides a framework of recommendations and principles designed to ensure the maintenance of a land use system that provides for land use planning, resource allocation , environmental management and equitable use of land resources to meet the governance, social, economic and cultural obligations of the people of Kenya.
The SC added that the policy mitigates problems associated with poor land use and an integrated framework for the preparation of a national land use plan and the review of various land use plans.
This, said Wamalwa, is imperative as it facilitates the realization of the land policy principles of efficiency, equity, sustainability and productivity.
According to the CS, the Plan should promote the achievement of national, social, economic and environmental objectives. Further, Wamalwa noted that the Plan provides strategies and policies to address national challenges including urbanization, regional imbalances and inequalities, rural development, environmental degradation, transport and under-development. utilization of the massive resources available in the country.
The implementation of the NSP will enable the country to achieve global competitiveness, balanced regional development, functional human settlements and a sustainable environment.
Wamalwa noted that the tools will play a pivotal role in ensuring the effective and efficient implementation of the National Land Use Plan and National Land Use Policy by Ministries, County Governments and other agencies. .
“I hope the tools will enhance accountability and, more importantly, help the country achieve optimal use and sustainable management of land and land resources, enhance global competitiveness, economic efficiency, balanced regional development , livable and functional urban and rural human resources, populating and safeguarding the natural environment for a high quality of life,” he added.
He called on all stakeholders, in particular the Government Agencies and Departments responsible for implementation as well as the Departmental Governments to make these tools their point of reference in the implementation of the National Plan for Territorial Development and the National Spatial Planning Policy.
Wamalwa urged development partners to maintain and strengthen collaboration by supporting the Commission in monitoring and supervising the implementation of the National Land Use Plan and National Land Use Policy for the benefit of all Kenyans.
In his remarks, NLC Chairman Gershom Otachi said the tools will help the new government monitor, oversee and guide reporting on the performance of various public, private, community and non-state actors in fulfilling their obligations. , as stated in policy documents.
“The launch of the two crucial documents comes at a very opportune time as we move towards transition, the tools will guide the new government to define performing agencies and their obligations as mentioned in the National Land Use Policy and the national spatial plan,” says Otachi.
He noted that two policy documents are key to transforming the way land is used and managed in our country.