West Pokot County will soon be among few counties in Kenya to enact a Couty Spatial Plan (2021-2031), which is nearing its final draft.
During its validation exercise in collaboration with GeoInformatiks consultants at Skynest Hotel, Kitale, County Secretary Mr. John Karamunya said that the plan was a great milestone and a clear roadmap that will guide long-term spatial development in a span of 10 years.
“All budgets and appropriation frameworks will, going forward, be aligned with this Spatial plan one it has been validated.” Said Karamunya.
CEC Augustine Monges- Lands, Housing, Physical Planning and Urban Development, said that County spatial plans provides a spatial vision that guides long term spatial development of the counties. He further said that the plan will provide an important framework for efficient, productive and sustainable use of county resources as advocated for in both in the Kenyan Constitution and National Land Policy.
These plans, he pointed, will provide strategies and policies to facilitate sustainable exploitation of potential in the county and reduce inequality; and a platform for prioritization of programmes and projects with their implementation mechanisms.
West Pokot is stepping into a new era of large-scale development and infrastructural investment, and hence with the Spatial Plan, the county will go a long way in securing critical ecosystems and as a result, ensure sustainable management of county resources.
The plan ahs taken into consideration, the natural resources in the county and ways in which the resources will be equitably distributed across the county.
Under the County Government’s Act, County Spatial Plans are mandatory, and as such, guidelines are expected to enhance the capacity of counties to deliver the planning service more effectively and efficiently. It is expected to standardize the processes and procedures applied by counties in the preparation and implementation of plans. Consequently, this will translate into tangible benefits of better planning of counties generally and cities, municipalities and towns specifically. Ultimately this would lead to the optimal use of land and other resources as well as enhanced economic performance, improved livelihoods and sustainable development.
Among those present were all CECs, Cos, County directors and other county technical officers.