The national government in conjunction with county governments of Machakos, Makueni, and Kajiado has halted the issuance of new development permits around Konza Technopolis for 90 days.
The Inter-County Joint Physical and Land Use Planning Committee said the suspension covers the area falling within the 10-kilometer radius around the “Konza Planning Zone”.
The suspension will pave the way for the formulation of an Inter-County Physical and Land Use Development Plan, which will offer guidelines and standards for regulation of land use practices and general development within the Technopolis.
Speaking during a meeting of the committee on Tuesday, Interior CS Fred Matiang’í said there is a need to protect the ecosystem around Konza in order to deliver value to investors and properties around the Special Planning Zone.
“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,” said Matiang’i.
The committee resolved to complete the buffer zone plan within three months before lifting the suspension on July 1st.
“The 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,” added Matiang’i.
The committee whose members include the cabinet secretaries for Interior, ICT and Lands as well as governors of Machakos, Makuenu, and Kajiado was constituted in line with the provisions of Section 29 of the Physical and Land Use Planning Act, 2019.