- The Challenge of Sustainable Land Use Planning in Nigerian Cities: the Case of Port Harcourt   click here to open paper content642 kb
by    Owei, Opuenebo & Ede, Precious & Obinna, Victor | obo_owei@yahoo.com   click here to send an email to the auther(s) of this paper
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The inability of urban planners to effectively control land use is at the heart of the failure of physical planning in most Nigerian cities. At issue is the absence of an urban land policy which is exploited by developers both private and public.
The generally unplanned nature of development in most parts of the Nigerian city is evidence of the failure of urban planning. The typical Nigerian city, outside of government residential layouts, is an irregular patchwork of housing and other development causing difficulties for delivery of services and infrastructure.A systematic layout of large subdivisions is virtually impossible because of indigenous enclaves and speculative land holders. From the Era of planning schemes in the 1940s to the present master plans, the challenge for planners is land use control. Factors militating against control include the limitations of existing laws and the failure to follow due process by both government and private developers.This study makes a case for land use regulations that are derived from an urban land policy( so far absent from the nation's statute books) that lays the foundation for control processes that involve the indigenous landlords and ensure the control of land held under quasi - traditional ownership in indigenous enclaves and on the urban fringe.
Urban land policy, land use regulations
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