Assessing sustainability in the context of rapid urbanization: A case study of Ongata Rongai town, Magadi road corridor

Abstract
This report is based on an academic research into planning implications of uncontrolled land use
development in satellite towns, focusing on Ongata Rongai town centre. The research
specifically sought to find out the land use characteristics, causes of uncontrolled land use
development, its impacts, as well as recommending appropriate planning measures in and for
study area. The study is organized into five chapters: Introduction, Literature Review, Study
Area, Research Findings, and Recommendations and Conclusion.
The study utilized both primary and secondary data as well as quantitative and qualitative
techniques for data collection, analysis and presentation. The research was done between
October, 2011, and March, 2012. Data sources included relevant scholarly materials and other
published and unpublished materials incidental to the research title, as outlined in the data needs
matrix in this report. Households, business community, and the County Council of Olkejuado
were the respondents to this research.
The research found out that uncontrolled land use development in the study area had adverse
socio-economic and environmental implications. These included land use incompatibility, poor
road infrastructure, environmental degradation, and the proliferation of disorganized informal
sector, over the years.
The research recommended proper physical planning, including preparation of an integrated land
use plan, integrated road transport plan, reorganization of the informal sector activities, and
proper environmental management, in the study area. The aim of the recommendations was to
promote and improve land use development control, and hence the proper functionality of
Ongata Rongai town.

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