The Land Question: Addressing Urban Planning and Land Use

Posted: 14 Apr 2014

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Smith Ouma

Strathmore University - Strathmore Law School

Arielle Williams

Widener University

Date Written: April 12, 2014

Abstract

Land as a form of property ownership has faced multiple challenges in Kenya and this has particularly been witnessed in the urban areas where there is limited land whose use has not been planned. The various land use plans in place have also in the past faced challenges as their implementation has been a problem since many people have not understood the importance of land use planning. This has therefore contributed to what is referred to as the land question in Kenya whose answers are still being sought. The enactment of the Constitution of Kenya, 2010, brought hope to the populace as some of the provisions of the Constitution were meant to solve these land issues. Urban planning and land use, however, still remain an area where much is still to be seen in terms of solutions being provided by the law. This article therefore looks at urban planning and land use in Kenya and focus is particularly put in the legal and policy framework guiding urban planning and land use and the article thereafter draws important lessons on urban planning and land use in the United States.

Keywords: Urban Planning, The Land Question, Land Use

Suggested Citation

Ouma, Smith and Williams, Arielle, The Land Question: Addressing Urban Planning and Land Use (April 12, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2424219 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2424219

Smith Ouma (Contact Author)

Strathmore University - Strathmore Law School ( email )

P.O. Box 59857
P.O. Box 54668
Nairobi, Nairobi 00200
Kenya

Arielle Williams

Widener University

3800 Vartan Way
PO Box 69381
Harrisburg, PA 17106-9381
United States

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