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We will not allow inappropriate building, Karen Association warns

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A neighborhood in the Karen suburb of Nairobi. [File, Standard]

The Karen and Langata District Association (KLDA) has refused to build a neighboring building that would spoil the tranquility.

In a statement, KLDA Chairman Sikalieh Samora said development there is being controlled by limiting building heights and land parcels to specified minimums.

“This shows that the Karen area is a low-density residential area,” Zamora said.

However, the association has denounced the recent trend in the area to cover a sprawling 14,000 acres (14,000 acres) of residential land, equivalent to about 56 square kilometers.

“Recently, there has been a development in Karen that has been opposed by Karen residents, largely because the proposed building does not comply with the local physical development plan.

There are commercial buildings in residential areas, bars in residential areas that cause pollution, buildings that exceed the permissible height, and an influx of gas stations/strip malls,” Zamora said.

The association denounced the dilapidated state of the Karen Shopping Center infrastructure,

“The condition of the Karen Roundabout (shopping center) is in dire need of restoration, and KLDA and the local government will work together to ensure sustainable solutions,” said Zamora.

Persons wishing to establish facilities have been notified, particularly because of existing judgments in favor of KLDA.

“In October 2021, Judge Loice Komingoi ruled that all developments in the Karen region must seek approval from the KLDA office.

On August 2, 2022, another ruling was passed in the KLDA, Supreme Court Justice Lucy Mbugua said an injunction to stop construction of the proposed eight-story building as a Congressional Research Center was granted. training center,” said Zamora.

Newly elected leaders are similarly called upon to ensure that the laws and regulations governing development within Karen are complied with. The same applies to architects.

“The Association of Kenyan Architects (AAK) has also been instructed to inform its members that the LPDP is in place when planning or designing projects in the Karen region, and to ensure that project proposals comply with the LPDP. You need to make sure that you are

KLDA and its members are committed to ensuring Karen is an upscale, low-density, clean and safe residential suburb of the capital, Nairobi,” said Zamora.

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