Subject: devolving Planning Committees to the Ward level

            THAT, aware that Section 102(f) of the County Governments Act, 2012 provides for the principles of planning and development facilitation in a county, amongst which is the need for planning to serve as a basis for engagement between county government and the citizenry, other stakeholders and interest groups; further aware that Section 105 of the said Act provides that a County Planning entity shall be responsible for, amongst other things, ensuring meaningful engagement of citizens in the planning process; observing that Section 115 of the County Governments Act, 2012 provides that public participation in the county planning processes shall be mandatory; noting that the planning function as traditionally exercised by successive defunct Nairobi City Councils and indeed the first County Government of the Nairobi City County was centralized and did not include as many stakeholders as possible nor the public from the grassroots; recognizing that Section 48 of the County Governments Act, 2012 empowers the County Government to further decentralize its functions and provision of services to, amongst other decentralized units, the Wards within the county established under Article 89 of the Constitution and section 26 of the said Act; realizing that for Nairobi City County to realize true bottom up planning that delivers development to the grassroots through robust participatory mechanisms a new way of implementing the planning function must be sought; this Assembly urges the County Executive to consider devolving Planning Committees to the Ward level, with the creation of Ward Planning Committees made up of four (4) persons or as appropriate from various sectors, to endear greater public participation and help foster inclusive urban planning across the City.
Notice of Motion 15th February, 2018
Mover Hon. Maurice Gari, MCA
Seconder Hon. Geophrey Majiwa, MCA
Division None
Dates Debated and/or Concluded 27th February, 2018
Remarks Adopted.
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