Martin Kigozi, the Senior Physical Planer Masaka City, says that the decision is aimed at ensuring a properly planned town with green spaces to avoid congestion. He says that they intend to have a city with enough trees and grass to provide a healthy environment.
Masaka city authorities have stopped approving building
plans that don’t provide for green spaces. All developer intending to put up
structures of any size within Masaka city are required to reserve a sizeable
percentage of green space before they present them to the City Physical Planer
Martin Kigozi, the Senior Physical Planer Masaka City, says
that the decision is aimed at ensuring a properly planned town with green
spaces to avoid congestion. He says that they intend to have a city with enough
trees and grass to provide a healthy environment.
He explains that the elevation of Masaka Municipality to a city has triggered the unguided purchase of land including very tiny plots, which
people want to develop without leaving breathing spaces. Kigozi says that they
have embedded the policy in the broader physical plan for the new Masaka city
as it transitions from the municipality status.
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He says that the new physical planning policy also bans the
approval of building plans drown on plots below the dimensions of 50 by 100
meters as a way of regulating development in the area.
In addition to cracking
down on all people constructing without approved structural plans, Kigozi says
that their enforcement teams are also out to clampdown on all land dealers
subdividing plots below the acceptable dimensions.
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John Bahengane, the Masaka City Town Clerk has urged residents and people intending
to settle within Masaka city to abide by the regulations, arguing that he will
not preside over unguided development. He says that they plan to engage all
stakeholders to have their inputs in the broader physical plan for the city
The Physical Planning Act 2010 and its amendment of 2020
mandates urban authorities to undertake steps towards ensuring that the growth and
development of urban areas is planned. Notably,
new boundaries of Masaka City were expanded up to 360.4 square kilometers from 46.2 square kilometers of the traditional Municipality.