The Department of Lands, Physical Planning, Housing, and Urban Development in Nakuru County recently organized a three-day validation and capacity-building workshop. The event aimed to empower urban institutional boards and various county assembly committees to protect, achieve, and promote sustainable development within Nakuru’s urban areas.
The workshop served as a platform to assess and validate the county administration’s initiatives related to the governance and management of urban areas and suburbs in Nakuru. It also sought to enhance the effectiveness of both urban institutional boards and county assembly committees by focusing on key aspects such as the legal framework, budgeting, and addressing urban development issues.
This collaborative effort between institutions is emblematic of the county’s commitment to cooperation and knowledge-sharing. The workshop facilitated discussions on strategic planning and management to address the challenges arising from rapid urbanization and population growth in Nakuru. Through these exchanges, the County Government aims to streamline development implementations for more efficient and sustainable urban areas.
Hon. John Kihagi, the County Executive Committee Member for the Department, emphasized the significance of proper planning and management, especially in a fast-growing city like Nakuru. He highlighted the administration’s dedication to Governor Susan Kihika’s 6-point Urban Agenda, which focuses on addressing key urban challenges and enhancing the quality of life for residents.
Key attendees included CECM Jackline Osoro (Public Service Training and Devolution), CECM Michael Kamau (Roads, Public Works, and Infrastructure), CO Kamau Kuria (Housing and Urban Development), CO Catherine Changwony (Lands and Physical Planning), CO Ken Mugo (Roads), CO Charles Koech (Public Service and Devolution), Charles Mwai (Nakuru Public Service Board), and various departmental directors and technical staff.
The workshop marked a crucial step toward fortifying the county’s urban planning and development strategies for a more sustainable future.