Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) is to stop approval of plans for single and double-roomed houses locally known as mizigo.
Once the proposal is approved, it means landlords should brace for construction of apartments for rent in the city as tenants look forward for better housing, albeit at higher rent charges.
According to the proposal, the Authority will only approve plans for construction of high-rising buildings for those applying for the construction of rentals and apartmentsflats in zones it deems fit for such houses.
KCCA argues the proposal aims at providing a better planned housing infrastructure in the city that enables accessibility and better services to city dwellers and gradually eliminate slums from Kampala.
The proposal, which will be implemented in the Central Business District and later in the other four divisions of Kampala, is part of the bigger plan for ‘neighbourhood planning’, which KCCA is soon piloting in Luzira on the shores of Lake Victoria.
KCCA spokesperson Peter Kaujju said the proposal considers streamlining the planning department and reducing the increasing slums on the outskirts of the city.
“The city is changing, calling for planning for the short and long run,” Mr Kaujju said. “There are areas that are gazetted for particular mode of housing and we have a physical planning development structure that guides our works,” he said in an interview on Wednesday.
The idea, according to experts, will enable better planning of the city, is comparatively cheaper in space maximisation and will provide the poor with decent housing structures.
Ambassador Agnes Kalibala, the director for housing, in the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, praised the proposal, saying it matches the ministry’s call for promotion of high-rise buildings in the city.
“Space for housing construction in Kampala is increasingly becoming a challenge,” Ms Kalibala said.
“And with the Condominium Laws in place, the proposal will provide for better zonal planning of the city, through demarcating zones for high-rises, apartments and Mizigos,” she added.
Mr Daniel Canowira, an urban planner and member of the Uganda Architects Association, said the proposal is good and would improve the changing status of Kampala. “It’s a good economic development for the changing status of Kampala where we can no longer rely on horizontal expansion. It will help check the pressure on city land,” Mr Canowira said.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor