By Jude Njoku
The draft of the new Land Use Planning Report, LUPAR will be made ready in time for the next national conference and annual general meeting, AGM of the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners, NITP slated for October in Ilorin, Kwara State.
This was disclosed by the President of the Institute, Dr Femi Olomola at the 17th edition of the Institute’s Mandatory Continuing Professional Development Programme MCPDP held recently in Kaduna, Kaduna State.
The two-day forum had: “Development of a Multi User Template for Land Use Planning and Analysis Reporting (LUPAR) in Nigeria” as its theme.
“Be rest assured that a draft of the LUPAR will be prepared and made available in time for our next conference in Ilorin in October. All suggestions bothering on comments, observations and corrections made during this MCPDP and the previous ones in Port Harcourt and Ibadan will be looked into between now and October and possibly adopted so that we will have a robust LUPAR that we will present to a full house of the NITP in Ilorin,” Olomola said. Olomola who delivered the keynote speech, described LUPAR as a novelty that seeks to expand the frontiers of Site Analysis Report, SAR applications beyond the tradition of planning approvals.
He explained that the MCPDP is aimed at building consensus on the new template among the practitioners and to allow for inputs before the report will be presented in October.
LUPAR which was conceived by the Femi Olomola-led administration, will also build on the existing SAR processes and procedures, as well as adding details of geographic references and further information relating to building types and conditions, title deeds, the local land use and development setting, and the permits granted on property. The expanded areas of LUPAR’s application cut across various sectors of the economy, with some of them having direct relevance to the financial sector and regulatory agencies.
The new format LUPAR, according to settlement experts, will in addition to other benefits, become a very useful and authentic instrument that supports applications for opening of corporate bank accounts, process bank loans, make requests for Insurance cover, and incorporate/register new companies with the Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC.
It will also address the traditional requirements of applications for building plan approval/permits, issuance of certificates of occupancies (Cs-of-O), and potential value to security and regulatory agencies with oversight functions on crime and enforcement of standards, among others.
“With LUPAR, it is hoped that 95percent of all problems related to lack of data, inadequate personnel and stress on development control will be significantly addressed. This shall lead to situations where our colleagues in government can now rely on LUPAR as a companion in their decision making processes. A combination of two or three LUPARs in the same neighbourhood will, if carefully joined together, provide an updated base map of the neighbourhood at zero cost to the Town Planning Authority,” the NITP boss submitted.
Chairman of the Kaduna State chapter of the NITP, Mr. Muhammad Lawal Ubale, disclosed that Kaduna has been fortunate since its inception in having plans for its development.
“The first plan was draw in 1913. Kaduna master plan was prepared in 1967 to cover the planning period from 1961 to 2017. In 2010, the master plan was reviewed and Kaduna Spatial Development Framework was prepared for a planning period from 2010 to 2050,” he said.