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Issue No. 0911
June 18 - 24, 2016

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Arusha Master Plan implementation starts in August

By Hazla Quire

Arusha City’s Master Plan will  go into execution phase  in August  this year and local ward councillors have been provided with initial training regarding the proposed urban planning project.

The proposed urbanisation strategy intends to address the reorganization of the city structure, suggesting a new density distribution and urbanisation models that lead to the drafting of the Detailed Land Use Plan 2035.

Originally the Arusha Master Plan covered 278 square kilometres mapped within the City, but new drawings bring in additional 330 square kilometres of selected areas of Arusha Rural District and Meru District thus boosting the precinct to a total of 608 square kilometres.

Last year, representatives from Local Government, Private Sector and Civil Society met for the second Stakeholders Meeting on the Arusha Masterplan 2035. So far more than 70 percent of Arusha City area falls under unplanned settlements.

The Surbana International Consultants from Singapore, the appointed consultant for the project have already presented refined concept option and detailed masterplan for the city development, addressing in detail the proposed land use for the City. Schematic transportation plan for the city, road network, road hierarchy, mass transportation and freight movement system will be also presented.

The road from Mianzini to Timbolo , about seven kilometers stretch, is being expanded by local authorities.
Many houses had to be demolished to pave way. This is a result of lack of a master plan for Arusha.
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(Photo by Raymond John).

Similarly a proposed schematic infrastructure plan will be detailed, which will include the water supply and sewage strategies and networks, storm water, solid waste, power supply and ICT networks. Inclusive economic development and environmental protection will also feature high on the agenda.

“We are very pleased to be able to have this important discussion on Urban Planning, Transport and Infrastructure as we work together to draft the new Masterplan for Arusha 2035. Our aim is to make Arusha city a more liveable and more economically vibrant city, indeed a model city in the region,” said the Arusha Regional Commissioner Mr Daudi Felix Ntibenda.

The Arusha City Master Plan aims at making improvements in land use, transport and infrastructure and will be the single citywide plan to guide future development. The planned improvements will support the needs of the city’s growing economy as the East Africa’s tourist hub and also as a centre for diplomatic activities for the next 20 years.

Still a far cry from Dar-Es-Salaam’s astounding 1500 square kilometres, but the initial size of Arusha by the time it was proposed to become a City was a measly 149 square kilometers such that some parts of Arumeru District had to be annexed to enhance both the urban-centre precinct and population.

Some 336 square kilometres of land have been sliced from Meru and Arusha-Rural District Councils to compliment the City size.

In December 2014 the Surbana International Consultants (PTE) inked a Memorandum of Understanding with the government, through which the Singapore firm will re-design, modernize and sculptor the city and skylines of Arusha and Mwanza.


“We need to redesign, plan and modernize our growing cities in order solve problems of inadequate housing, like in the case of Arusha, as well as providing ample space for productive industries as well as business activities,” said the Chairman of Arusha Masterplan Mr Paul Matthysen, the councillor for Moshono.

Residents of Arusha and Mwanza cities with populations of 500,000 and 4 million respectively have always been at loggerheads with local authorities when it comes to unplanned settlements, invasion of public areas and roads by hawkers and peddlers,  as well as gridlock traffic jams on their rather limited roads.

The government decided to seek assistance from Singapore so that ‘Surbana International,’ with a good track record of improving their country’s urban settlements and modernizing infrastructure could apply the same here in Arusha and Mwanza.



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