Inauguration of the District Spatial Planning Committees Of MMDAs held

Technical Sub-Committees were inaugurated by the Ashanti Regional Minister at the Regional Coordinating Council, Residency in Kumasi.

Speaking at the gathering, the Ashanti Regional Minister, Hon. Simon Osei-Mensah noted that the existence of the Land Use and Spatial Planning Authority (LUSPA) is very relevant in the development of human settlements to aid solve issues of congestion, unauthorized developments, building in water ways, poor sanitation and poor construction practices which undermine the development of human settlements leading to disasters.

“The lawlessness and impunity with which developments are carried out is alarming. Even where there are approved planning schemes, there seems to be total disregard for land use provisions”. This has made developments at the local level incoherent with the regional and national aspirations, he added.

In its bid to bridge the gap between development, Land Use and Spatial Planning Act has been set by the government to achieve defined economic environmental and social goals. Hon. Osei- Mensah commended Land Administration Project (LAP2) for designing the Regional Spatial Development Framework for Ashanti Region and urged the newly sworn in Committee members to put in much efforts to build a good LUSPA as they will be coordinated under the watch of the Regional Spatial Planning Committee.

Also, the Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Lawrence Z. Dakurah also gave a brief history on the inception of LUSPA as an Authority in Ghana whose sole responsibility is to curtail the haphazard and inequitable development of our human settlements. He said, the government of Ghana initiated reforms in the Land Use and Spatial Planning System with the aim of improving the institutional, legal and technological capacity of the then Town and Country Planning Department for efficient and effective planning of human settlements in Ghana.

The Committees were sworn-in by the Ashanti Regional Minister, Hon. Simon Osei-Mensah.

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