The new guidelines have already begun to bit with over 50 building plans bounced back to owners on failure to meet the new set requirement. One of the victims is St Joseph Catholic Church whose plan to build a two-storeyed building along Hoima Road has been trashed.
Nansana Municipality has issued
tight guidelines on property development limiting land fragmentation and
halting construction of buildings below three stories within the central
The development comes as a move to enforce the recently approved municipal
physical development plan.
Other cardinal requirements that will critically be
observed include; sanitary facilities, observation of road reserve rules, availability of off street parking space, and detachment from one property to
another among other attributes of modern urban constructions.
Municipal Town Clerk, Ambrose J. Atwokosays he will not approve any development or building plan that does
not meet the set requirements thus appealing to property developers to adjust
their plans according to the new guidelines to avoid frustration.
The new guidelines have already begun to bite with
over 50 building plans bounced back to owners on failure to meet the new set
requirements. One of the victims is St Joseph Catholic church whose plan to
build a two-storeyed building along Hoima Road has been rejected.
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the move is facilitating development with an intention of ensuring order in the
already messed up and poorly developed central business areas of Nabweru and
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Nansana, which was upgraded into a municipality in
2015, has been developing into one big slum with hilarious housing facilities and
commercial buildings cropping up without any order followed as leaders look on.
Atwokosays effective July this year, the municipality will no longer approve
construction of buildings of whatever form on small pieces of land as the property
developers have been found of partitioning plots into 40 feet by 50 feet thus
creating congestion and disorganized housing.
Recently, Nansana Municipality rolled out a detailed
plan for growth centers of Gombe and Busukuma leaving out the already congested
and poorly planned business center. Atwokosays that the new guidelines will slowly shape and modify the
already congested area.
However, this move has been criticized by
politicians, with a section arguing that it is going to hinder many people from
upgrading their property. Zamu Kyeyune, Nabweru Division representative, says
the economic times are tough and few people will be able to abide with the new
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Martin Ssebunjo, property developer, says they have
been receiving information that the municipality intends to demolish a number
of their properties thus fearing that the move might be a step towards the said
plot which he says will cause them a lot of losses.
“We thought that this town is for people, but such
rules are direct messages that the poor are no longer needed. The wave begun
from Kampala and now hear it is. No wonder the current town clerk has been
working from KCCA. Be let him know that this is Nansana,” the furious Ssebunjo told
Uganda Radio Network.
However, Atwokostresses that the municipality does not intend to demolish any
building which is already standing. “We shall not touch any standing building
but whoever thinks of setting up a new one will have to observe the rules and
that is not negotiable.”
Meanwhile, the municipal authorities are moving cell
after cell negotiating with land lords to give up part of the land for the
proposed widening of all roads within the municipality. Nansana has also
allocated over shillings 350 million in the financial year, 2019/2020 towards
detail planning as authorities seek to transform the town.