Urban Planning & Housing

Targets for Urban Planning & Housing

uh1

"We are ready to be part of Transform Freetown. One of the main issues facing Freetown has been the lack of affordable housing for all. The 'relocate where necessary, and develop where possible' approach can only happen if we collaborate with MDAs, NGOs, and put into practice what we say, so we can achieve our mutual goal. FEDURP is fully in support to make sure we achieve the goal to transform Freetown. "
Yirah Oryanks Conteh, The Association of Slum Dwellers Federation of Urban and Rural Poor, Sierra Leone (FEDURP/SL)

Target 1

Reduce congestion by at least 50% in five locations by 2022 (Congo Cross, Eastern Police, Lumley/Juba, Wilberforce/Bottom Mango, and Wellington/PMB Junction)

Initiative 1

Lead

salhoc

Description

Establish a partnership with key stakeholders building on existing programs and strategies to deliver on >5’000 units of low cost and quality housing by

  • Involving key stakeholders, incl. FEDURP, Ward-C, SALHOC and other MDAs
  • Developing a joint urban/rural strategy for housing development
  • Establishing a baseline of ongoing initiatives to build upon and finding/tapping into available funding for housing development
  • Planning, executing, and sustaining housing development projects within Freetown and in Western Rural to build >5’000 units

Initiative 2

Lead

fcc

Description

Develop the minimum standards and a practical training program to support implementation

  • Identify minimum requirements for decent low-cost housing, incl. climate resilience
  • Collaboratively and consultatively develop standard to ensure all new low-cost housing built meets minimum requirements
  • Disseminate standards to key stakeholders, such as funders, developers, and construction companies regarding standard
  • Collaborate with FCC planning function for enforcement
uh2

"Developing an implementable urban plan for Freetown in consultation with stakeholders will provide a robust framework for land usage which will improve access to vital services such as utilities, housing, transport and help us better manage limited resources more sustainably."

Modupe Williams, B Eng (Hons), MBA, MICE C.Eng, ChPP MAPM

Target 2

Develop the Freetown Zonal Plan and ensure that >90% of new buildings and structures constructed abide by the plan and appropriate regulations by 2020

Initiative 1

Lead

fcc

Description

Create competent capacity at FCC to implement and enforce urban planning and collaborate with stakeholders by

  • Reviewing and assessing FCC capacity
  • Designing and getting resource support for establishment of function at FCC
  • Getting relevant competencies and responsibility devolved from ministries
  • Maintaining utilizing land and property registry in collaboration with tax department
  • Strictly enforcing zonal plan and other appropriate regulations, particularly regarding new structures and by finding ways to foster compliance of existing structures

Initiative 2

Lead

slie

Description

Review, develop and have adopted a Freetown Zonal Plan incl. construction regulations and guidelines through a multi-stakeholder task force by the end of 2019 by

  • Establishing a multi-stakeholder taskforce, incl. FCC urban planning function, Ministry of Land, and other enforcement-critical stakeholders
  • Identifying relevant regulation and guidelines, e.g., Zonal Plan from draft Freetown Structure Plan and other regulations
  • Revising, developing and adopting a consistent Zonal Plan
  • Promoting establishment/revision of other regulations/guidelines as needed