Physical Planning

The Department of Physical Planning at the District level manages the activities of the Department of Town and Country Planning and the Department of Parks and Gardens.
(2) The Department has the following functions
(a) advise the District Assembly on national policies on physical planning, land use and development;
(b) co-ordinate activities and projects of departments and other agencies including Non-Governmental Organizations to ensure compliance with planning standards;
(c) assist in preparation of physical plans as a guide for the formulation of development policies and decisions and to design projects in the Municipality;
(d) assist to identify problems concerning the development of land and its social, environmental and economic implications;
(e) advise on setting out approved plans for future development of land at the district level;
(g) advise on preparation of structures for towns and villages within the district;
(h) collaborate with the Survey Unit in the performance of its functions;
(i) facilitate and participate in research into planning in the District;
(j) assist to offer professional advice to aggrieved persons on appeals and petitions on decisions made on their building;
(k) facilitate consultation, co-ordination and harmonization of developmental decisions into a physical development plan;
(I) assist to prepare a District Land-Use Plan to guide activities in the district;
(m) advise on the conditions for the construction of public and private buildings and structures;
(n) assist to provide the layout for buildings for improved housing layout and settlement;
(0) ensure the prohibition of the construction of new buildings unless building plans submitted have been approved by the Assembly;
(p) advise and facilitate the demolition of dilapidated buildings and recovery of expenses incurred in connection with the demolition;
(q) ensure the prohibition of the use of inflammable materials in the construction or repair of buildings in defied areas;
(r) advise the Assembly on the siting of bill boards, masts and ensure compliance with the decisions of the Assembly;
(s) advise on the acquisition of landed property in the public interest; and
(t) undertake street naming, numbering of house and related Issues.