Nairobi County Assembly Planning, Housing and Lands committee chairman Anthony Karanja has revealed that several estates in Nairobi risk demolition for flouting height regulations.
Among the affected estates is Kileleshwa that has buildings exceeding the four storeys limit.
“People are being allowed to construct on road reserves, airport land, public land, and military installations outside the zoning policy. In an area like Kileleshwa where buildings are only allowed to go four storeys, we have since established that some buildings in the area go up to 15 floors,” said Karanja.
The Waithaka Member of County Assembly (MCA) noted that only 25 per cent of buildings in Nairobi complies with city planning regulations.
He has promised to start an investigation that will recommend regularisation and demolition of several structures. The Committee’s session on Tuesday questioned county planning officers on reasons behind increased violation of the zoning policy.
“It has come to our notice that the planning department and unscrupulous developers have been approving and developing structures outside the county’s zoning policy and if left unchecked we will have a disorganised county,” added Karanja.
The MCA asked city Governor Mike Sonko to help them fight the menace that is hindering service delivery including garbage collection.