Lamudi Kenya Looks At The Impact Of Zoning Regulations
Leading property portal dives into the zoning regulations in the real estate sector
Zoning is quite synonymous in the real estate sector. It helps in regulating the developments in an area ensuring proper construction designs are implemented. For a start zoning is the regulation on land use; the number of buildings to land ratio and number of floors per building, mainly to ensure a compatible development in its use, form and design, primarily to preserve the nature of the community.
Lamudi Kenya General Manager Cynthia Nyamwathi says, “Zoning laws specify what types of dwellings or businesses may reside in a certain area. However, the regulations may change with time but procedurally.”
Local authorities control developments in an area through zoning to improve on the functionality and safety purposes of the area. The laws have a huge impact on the value of your property especially from residential to commercial use.
With the recent status of a middle income economy, pressure will be mounted on the real estate sector that will impact the zoning regulations in Kenya. Some properties will have to change to from residential to commercial or industrial. This is necessitated by the increasing rate of urbanization in the country especially in the major cities; Nairobi, Kisumu and Mombasa, which will push property owners to conform to new buildings to accommodate the rapidly increasing population pressure. Coupled with a housing shortage standing at 100,000 units per year according to the Ministry of Land, Housing and Urban Development, local authorities have to realign their zoning regulations to fill this ever growing demand. Nyamwathi added that the realignment should not interfere with the quality of the community which will disintegrate the standards of the community.
Nairobi County Government recently announced its master plan to that will aid in de-congestion and accommodate the surging rural-urban migration. Decentralization of the some of the services offered by the national government will also aid in the decongestion of Kenya’s capital Nairobi.
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