Law in urban planning and development in East Africa
This study is intended to be a critical examination of the role of law and the legal profession in Urban pinning and development in the context of East Africa. It discusses the actual, proposed and possible functions of law and gives a critical analysis of shortcomings in the existing law and attitudes towards the planning process. It begins by discussing the various notions of plmning and development and what these mean to different groups of people whose work relate to the subject of planning and development. The first three chapters may be regarded as setting the scene in that they outline the perspective of the study, describe the region and its people, deal with the current and future problems of urbanization, discuss the land tenure systems and evaluate the processes of acquiring land for urban planning and developnent. The middle of the thesis, and particularly chapter five examines the organs, institutions, bureaucracies and. infrastructures of urban agglomerations. Chapter six deals with land use planning, the aims and objectives in such planning and how the resulting plans are implemented and enforced. Of special interest are the functions fulfilled or to be fulfilled by lawyers in this process. Chapter seven discusses housing as one of the important objectives of planning and evaluates the agencies of developzent including foreign investments, building societies and self-help projects. Included in this chapter are urban rates and rents. The last chapter is a resume of the study but concentrates on what the author has called "The Lawyer's 'brief' in Urban Planning and Development". The theeme of the study has been that planning and development is a multi-purpose, multi-disciplinary subject in which law must play its part. Consequently, there has been considerable use of materials and authorities traditionally regarded as "non-legal". One of the fascinating points in this kind of study is the use and analysis of such materials and authorities for the purpose of producing a legal discourse.