Influence of urban policies on the housing development projects in city estates; case of Kitisuru Estate in Nairobi, Kenya
The purpose of this study was to establish how the urban policies influence the housing development in the city estates. The objectives of the study also tried to establish how environment and location of an estate influence urban policies in housing development, the role of the local government in promoting housing development, how the urban policies influence the standards of the houses and the infrastructure. Further, the study investigated how the population and price of property influences the housing development in an estate. The significance of the study established the types of policies that exist in up market city estates and how they have contributed to the development of housing structures and how the environment has been conserved. It further tried to establish where the policies are adopted from and if they are used in Kitisuru Estate. The study was conducted in Kitisuru Estate in Nairobi. Thus being an up market city estate, a case study was used. The data was collected by use of questionnaires. The data was analyzed using both quantitative methods. The analyzed data was presented in tables. From the findings, it was established that standard of houses influences the housing development by giving specification on the design. The population of an estate has no major contribution towards the housing development. The price of the land influences the development of the houses and environmental conservation has to be considered by all stake holders before developing houses in the estate. The urban policies are implemented by different stake holders and it is coordinated by both the local government, the contractors, residents and all project stake holders. It was recommended that all housing development projects should follow the guiding urban policies and these should be spearheaded by the project leaders and all stake holders including the architects, residents, contractors, government officials and all the interested parties.