The challenges of Physical planning in newly gazatted town councils in Uganda: A case study of Katabi town council.
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This research is about the challenges of physical planning in newly gazetted town councils in Uganda via a case study of Katabi town council in Wakiso district. Through a review of various sources of literature backed up by empirical evidence from the case study. This study results show the reasons why newly gazetted town councils in Uganda are facing physical planning challenges and suggest recommendations on what to be done to overcome them. Physical planning in Uganda became paramount in 2010 with the declaration of the entire nation a planning area as stipulated in section 3 of the Physical planning act 2010 that replaced the town and country planning act of 19…this had begun in 1902 with the inception of modern planning ideas in Kampala as a starting point and later spread to other parts of the country. The introduction of Physical planning in Uganda was a form of colonial imperialism of countries from the North over Africans. Hitherto, Uganda has been grappling with a number of challenges regarding Physical Planning in newly gazetted town councils due to decentralization policy as a political move to extend services nearer to people. However, due to inadequate planning for the newly gazetted town Council, a number of challenges ranging from inadequate capacity, staffing position, absence of Physical Development Plans to uncoordinated physical developments. Therefore, this research provides answers to; What is the planning status in newly gazetted town councils? What challenges are they facing and What are the solutions to the problems? The research is engulfed in five chapters and each chapter details a specific theme based on the research objectives. The chapters stand on their own though intertwined to give a chronological flow of the research findings, recommendations as well as the conclusion.