Establishment and Mandate
The Town and Country Planning Department (TCPD) was established in 1945, pursuant to the Town and Country Planning Ordinance (Cap 84) and charged with the responsibility of planning and managing the growth and development of cities, towns and villages in the country. It therefore seeks to promote sustainable human settlements development based on principles of efficiency, orderliness, safety and healthy growth of communities.
The Town and Country Planning Department derives its mandate from the following key legal instruments, among others:
- Town and Country Planning Ordinance, 1945 (Cap 84)
- Local Government Act, 1993 (Act 462)
- National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) Act, 1994 (Act 479)
- National Development Planning (System) Act, 1994 (Act 480)
- National Building Regulations, 1996 (LI 1630)
Some of these laws are outmoded and inconsistent with current trends of development planning and management. To address these lapses a Land Use and Planning Bill is being processed for passage in 2013. The Bill received Cabinet approval in November 2012 and currently with the Attorney General’s Department for redrafting. This is expected to result in the repeal of the Cap 84 and sections of several other laws such as the LI 1630, 1996 and Act 462, 1993.
The Department currently operates at three levels; the national, regional and district level. At the national level, it operates under the Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology as a technical department responsible for human settlement issues. At the regional level, it operates under the Regional Coordinating Councils and responsible for coordination, harmonization and monitoring operations of the district offices. At the District level, the Department is merged with the Department of Parks and Gardens to form the Physical Planning Department, in line with Local Government Act, 1993 (Act 462)
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