Government has moved plans to set aside 40% of all land for human settlement for the building of high-rise flats.
The move is aimed at curbing the proliferation of sprawling settlements which take up more space.
Minutes from this week’s Cabinet meeting added that there will be promotion of densification.
“To curb settlement sprawl, forty per cent of land for human settlements development will be reserved for the construction of high-rise flats/buildings.
“Densification of settlements will be promoted” it said.
Cabinet has since approved the policy.
It has also added that all state land earmarked for human settlements will be managed through the Ministry for National Housing and Social Amenities and the respective Local Authorities for ease of co-ordination and for accountability.
“All Local Authorities will be expected to have Spatial Planning Units manned by registered spatial planners.
“This Committee and the sub-Council structures will be responsible for development planning, control and facilitation in each local planning area”, Cabinet says.
Other countries such as Singapore where land is scarce, has the majority of people living in high rise apartments.
Dubai, Hong Kong, United Kingdom and the United States of America are also places where high rise flats are prominent.
Land has been quickly running out locally as legal and illegal developments are coming up.
Increased urbanisation has also increased pressure on the available land for human settlement.
This has also resulted in the creation of settlements on wetlands and other illegal spaces.