PLANNERS INDUCTION WORKSHOP ON 30th JUNE 2017.
Date and time: 
Tue, 2017-07-04 13:39
Location / Venue: 

Professional Centre Nairobi

 CHAIRMAN, DEPARTMENT OF URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING, UNIVERSITY OF NAIROBI ATTENDED PLANNERS INDUCTION WORKSHOP

Dr Karanja Mwangi,  Chairman, Department of Urban and Regional Planning attended Planners Induction Workshop. The Workshop which is an annual event of the Kenya Institute of Planners (KIP), serve to prepare them for registration before they apply for certification to elevate them to professional practicing planners in the industry. Eleven (11) planners attended the workshop which was held at the Professional Centre in Nairobi on Friday 30th June 2017.

Dr Mwangi who is a Fellow Member of the Institute presented a workshop paper titled: “Planning Law, Evolution of Planning Profession in Kenya and KIP Strategic Plan”. The “Evolution of Planning Profession” part of the paper attracted intensive discussions from participants during plenary Question and Answer (Q&A) session.  

Participants were drawn from the National Government, County Governments, universities, and the private sector. About 82% of the participants admitted they were, for the first time, learning something new from Dr Mwangi’s presentation on evolution and growth of planning profession in relation to planning as an industrial discipline in Kenya.

The Participants discussed at length, implications of the stalled initiatives to legislate new comprehensive ‘mother’  “Planning Act” and “Planners Registration Act” to replace the constitutionally outdated planning law[1] in form of “The Physical Planning Act (PPA) 1996 and its ‘sister’ Act: “The Physical Planners Registration Act (PPRA), 1996”.

The workshop observed that The Urban Areas and Cities Act (UACA), 2011 and The County Government Act (CGA), 2012 have some planning provisions. However, according to them the enactment of the planning law in UACA and CGA repeated the mistakes that were committed under independent (1963) Constitutional era. Planning law provisions during that era were legislated in the Local Government Act, The Government Land Act and The Trust Lands Act which were repealed; and Acts governing planning function of the six Regional Development Authorities (RDAs) - among others. 

Participants observed that these repeated mistakes and continued use of the constitutionally outdated PPA and PPRA undermine the future of planning profession and the growth of planning as an industrial discipline taught and researched at planning schools in Kenyan Universities. According to them new comprehensive planning law which is aligned to the Constitution of Kenya 2010 and creates requisite legal regime and organizational arrangement for planning under devolved system of governance should be some of legislative agenda items for parliament and National Government after August 8, 2017 general election.

 


[1] On account of The Constitution of Kenya 2010 set five years deadline for repealing old laws and legislating new ones to align policy making and implementation with the devolved system of government established by the new constitution in August 2010.  

A participants participating in Questions and Answer plenary session of Dr Mwangi’s presentation.

 

[1] On account of The Constitution of Kenya 2010 set five years deadline for repealing old laws and legislating new ones to align policy making and implementation with the devolved system of government established by the new constitution in August 2010.  

Expiry Date: 
Tue, 2018-07-31 13:39
Contact Person: 

Dr. Mwangi