Kenya Losing Prime Agricultural Land To Subdivisions ~ Plot Maguta Maguta!

upepo

Village Elder
#13
We should be more concerned about the vast chunks of idle or underutilized land held by individuals, farms, and land-buying companies. The local subdivisions are out of necessity. As a country, we are not yet at the point where a family should put up a mansion in a 50x100 plot barely leaving enough space for parking. And neither should we be having tiny, crowded multi-story building all over Nairobi. Land has become a commodity for speculation. The individual may make gains but the country loses through inflation and currency devaluation. Land trading alone is the single biggest contributing factor to inflation and currency devaluation in this country.
 
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#14
You have an idea, but not everybody wants to live in 30 storey apartments, neither is it cheaper or better
Have you seen the public houses in Singapore that even have open air basketball and tennis court fields on the fifth floor???
Singapore is the nation to emulate when it comes to building public housing high rises.
Because people are so many in each high-rise, they are able to put in things like Swimming pools because even if every renter paid a service charge of 2k and each highrise has like 1,000 renters(this is common in Singapore) ,that is 2 million right there excluding rent. 24 million every year, which is more than enough to provide a wide range of amenities.
The 30 storey houses would be much much better than the horror shows we have as estates in Nairobi's Eastlands.
Between living in a place like Umoja and such. Nobody would live in Umoja.
Living in a single house would mean you are relatively wealthy or are building one for retirement in a suburb.
That is not a unique concept especially in this Era.
 
#15
We should be more concerned about the vast chunks of idle or underutilized land held by individuals, farms, and land-buying companies. The local subdivisions are out of necessity. As a country, we are not yet at the point where a family should put up a mansion in a 50x100 plot barely leaving enough space for parking. And neither should we be having tiny, crowded multi-story building all over Nairobi. Land has become a commodity for speculation. The individual may make gains but the country loses through inflation and currency devaluation. Land trading alone is the single biggest contributing factor to inflation and currency devaluation in this country.
The subdivisions are out of greed where a person wants to sell a quarter acre for the same price as a half an acre a year ago
 
#17
We should be more concerned about the vast chunks of idle or underutilized land held by individuals, farms, and land-buying companies. The local subdivisions are out of necessity. As a country, we are not yet at the point where a family should put up a mansion in a 50x100 plot barely leaving enough space for parking. And neither should we be having tiny, crowded multi-story building all over Nairobi. Land has become a commodity for speculation. The individual may make gains but the country loses through inflation and currency devaluation. Land trading alone is the single biggest contributing factor to inflation and currency devaluation in this country.
The subdivisions are a response to market demand. You will not find them where there are no buyers.
Why are they allowed to subdivide in the first place???
There is demand for land in Karen but few will buy in the area that still restricts buyers to a minimum of 10 acres.
It should be a take it or leave it system.
Basing it purely on market demand will slumify a place.
There is also demand for 50 by 50 but only Nairobi approves such
 
#18
Why does everything have to be government driven? Can’t mwananchi do it?
Hapa problem sii mwananchi. There are places which were designed for low rise buildings not more thab two storeys single residential plots then years down the line unapata multi-residential flats za ghorofa tano hata zingine 8 floors. If one neighbour does that, wengine pia wanafanya hivyo unpata kila mtu anajenga flats. Problem ni wale wanapeana approvals.
 

1776

Village Sponsor
#19
Reminds me of the story of the ruakans. Guys sold their inheritance, skwondad it and are now dirt puah -at least some of them!

it is an issue of demand and such. and some conditioning of the mind of Kenyans that land is the "best" investment you can make.
 

1776

Village Sponsor
#20
Why are they allowed to subdivide in the first place???
There is demand for land in Karen but few will buy in the area that still restricts buyers to a minimum of 10 acres.
It should be a take it or leave it system.
Basing it purely on market demand will slumify a place.
There is also demand for 50 by 50 but only Nairobi approves such
nope. that isn't the case. you can't subdivide to less than half an acre, and you can't put up storied buildings.
size restriction is limited to chunks of half acre.
 

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