August 29, 2012
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in collaboration with Ashanti Regional Coordinating Council and the Ashanti Region's Town and Country Planning Department under the auspice of Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning and National Development Planning Commission is organizing the Third Stakeholders Consultative Forum on the Comprehensive Urban Development Plan for Greater Kumasi.
Other important stakeholders such as Ghana National Fire Service, Ghana Water Company, Electricity Company of Ghana, Department of Feeder Roads, Environmental Protection Agency, Geological Survey Department, Water Resources Commission, Community Water & Sanitation, Environmental Health, National Disaster Management Organization, Ghana Highways Authority, Ghana Tourists Board, Lands Commission and Forestry Commission, District directorates, Traditional Councils, Civil societies, Trade Associations, Faith-based organizations, Academic institutions and the media, will take part in the Forum.
The Forum, which will take place in Kumasi on Wednesday, 5th September, 2012 will seek consensus for the Final Draft of the Spatial Development Framework for Greater Kumasi.
The Comprehensive Urban Development Plan is aimed at formulating Spatial Development Framework and Sector Sub-Programmes for the development of Greater Kumasi Sub-Region (i.e. the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) and its six adjoining districts namely; Ejisu-Juaben, Kwabre East, Atwima Nwabiagya, Afigya Kwabre, Atwima Kwanwoma and Bosomtwe), as well as Structure Plan for Greater Kumasi Conurbation.
The Spatial Development Plan is necessitated by the fact that boundaries of Kumasi and its surrounding districts have virtually merged due to rapid urban development while a lot of infrastructure development programmes are taking place without regard to spatial linkages between KMA and its neighbouring districts. Also, the Kumasi Outline Town Planning Scheme prepared in 1963 is outdated and unable to cater for contemporary needs.
As part of the Spatial Development Planning process, two series of Stakeholders Consultative Meetings were held in February and June across the KMA and its six adjoining districts.
At the earlier meetings held, issues such as land use plan, economic development, natural/urban environment and preservation, transportation, electricity supply, water supply, waste and disaster management, social development and poverty reduction, communications and others were thoroughly discussed. Stakeholders in the Greater Kumasi felt they have been fairly represented and had their views included in the Comprehensive Plan.
The Comprehensive Urban Development Plan for Greater Kumasi which will produce a blueprint for the development of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly and its six adjoining districts, is projected to be completed within 17 months (January 2012 to May 2013).