First Kenyan expressway to launch in 2018

In the month of august of 2017, a contract document was signed to allow Bechtel, a US company to start the construction of a high speed highway trunk road from Nairobi to Mombasa  in 2018 linking the capital with the main port much more efficiently. The road is set to be a four lane road with provisions to expand it to a six lane trunk road in the future. This owes to the long time it takes traveling from Nairobi to Mombasa which is 10 to 12 hours because of carriage trucks. The high speed highway is said to provide motorists at maintaining constant speeds of 120 kmh which reduces the travel time to about 4 hours.

The road is set to supplement the Madaraka express railway which also helps in easing traffic by reducing the amount of trucks on the road. The expressway is set to pave way for further trading in the country by providing faster means of transport and more in terms of volume that the Kenyan road can transport to our neighbouring landlocked countries like Uganda and further to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

This will then enhance infrastructure and ensure growing of the major cities and the region in general as more industries will be put in place along the road. There is also the completion of the Isiolo-Moyale road which has reduced travel time from over three days from Nairobi in the muddy terrain to about 10 hours now in a well tarmacked road.

Growth of the cities means that more housing units with be required in the Nairobi metropolitan area. The Longonot area provides such proximity to both Naivasha and Nairobi. The Longonot gate development project is also just on the foot of Mt Longonot providing a breathtaking view of the mountain and its environs. We also have a major project Makuyu ridge in Murang’a County in metropolitan Nairobi.

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Ban on twisted rebars and construction of masonry walls

Construction process should be followed to the letter to ensure that everything goes on according to plan and avoiding incidences of collapse due to ignorance or alternative cost-cutting methods that some end up being fatal for the users of the structures be it roads or buildings.

These new methods of construction should be researched on completely and should be well tested by imposing all sorts of possible loads, dead loads which is the weight of the structure itself, live loads which are loads resulting from objects imposed such as human beings and furniture as well as environmental loads which include earthquake loads and wind loads. This should be conducted by a well versed body of consultants approved by a government or any other authoritative body to conduct such researches.

It has become a norm in Kenya, especially in the rural areas, where a building is to be framed (constructed with columns and beams and also the slabs) people tend to start erecting the walls, called the infill masonry which is part of the dead loads, first before the frame which should be the case, and leaving ample space to put up the columns.

This is because the frame, the columns and beams, is the structural elements of the building and even if the wall was to be demolished the structure would still stand because the frame is the load bearing elements of the buildings. Buildings which are framed and also rely on walls as load bearing, called the confined masonry, to support the structure are called wall bearing structures and are mostly used in residential construction. In such structures, both the frame and the walls are built together.

There is also, although a matter that is being eradicated in Kenya, the use of twisted steel bars as rebars (reinforcement bars) in concrete structures that have been banned in Kenya. The bars commonly known as ‘Y8, Y10 and the likes’ have been banned as they have been related to poor tensile strength as compared to deformed/ribbed bars that are the preferred.

In the East African region, Kenya was the only country which still manufactured the bars up until the ban. This may be attributed to the fact that many people may lose the jobs of twisted bars in the process but it is a necessary evil for the greater good of saving lives.

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Project manager a core resource to a Project

There have been, not in the distant past, many cases of buildings collapsing in Kenya. This is most of the time attributed to not using professionals who ensure that the project requirements are followed and ensured from start to finish. Lack of a professional ensuring and overseeing the construction project brings in the lack of accountability as in the case of buildings collapsing such as the one in Huruma, Nairobi.

Therefore there is need of a project manager for every major project and we at Resorts and Cities Development Company ensure that our projects are overseen by a project manager. We value our projects and we ensure that the progress made in them is known

The problem of lack of accountability most of the times is attributed to ‘quacks’ in the industry of project management. The National Lands Commission (NLC) also is ensuring that all contractors and construction workers are licensed to eradicate the problems of ‘quacks’ in the industry. New bodies such as the Association of Construction Managers of Kenya (ACMK) have a bill in parliament to ensure that all major projects have a project manager overseeing the whole construction process to ensure that there isn’t ever any problem of lack of accountability when such incidences occur.

Most people especially, in this case, residential owners get rid of the employed professionals such as architects, civil engineers or construction managers as soon as after the design stage is complete in order to save on cash not understanding the greater cost at hand in terms of saving lives and also project costs.

Accountability means that the job will be taken seriously to avoid repercussions which have penalties on the one responsible for the project.

Most people who are hired to supervise the construction based on trust or ‘some’ experience try as much as possible to minimize on costs and pocket the rest, for example by purchasing less cement and using more aggregate and sand reducing the strength of structures, and  therefore incidences of failures in buildings and them collapsing occurs. They may also be incidences such as theft on site where cement is stolen to be resold leading to losses and hence the need, in major construction projects such as Longonot Gate and Makuyu Ridge for professionals who ensure proper inventory, storage, security and use of materials which in the long run minimizes on such costs.

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Infrastructure development and new technology in Kenya

Infrastructure which is still one of our main challenges in Kenya will have a great impact in our economy. The standard gauge railway dubbed ‘Madaraka Express railway’ in which the second phase, phase 2A, which is 120 kilometres long from Nairobi to Naivasha has been approved although the actual construction has not been started.

The standard gauge railway, 1435mm in gauge as compared to the 1000mm metre in gauge previously used in Kenya provides interconnectivity between countries due to a common gauge size and it also provides for faster moving passenger and cargo trains due to stability.

The railway passes through the escarpments of Mai Mahiu and behind the Longonot Mountains from the perspective of one in the Longonot Gate project which is just at the foot of the beautiful Mt. Longonot. Well over 50% of the world uses the standard gauge railway. There is also a dry port to be set up in Naivasha enhancing infrastructure in the region.

Longonot Gate has set aside 10 acres to build a modern referral and training hospital which we advise investors to invest in to better our medical infrastructure for treatment in Kenya rather than having to travel abroad and having exorbitant expenses on your bill.

There is also 20 acres set aside for a dam which is currently underway as well as a dam to service the 18-hole golf course area approximately 700 acres and several boreholes in the gated community. This will ensure that there will never be scarcity of water.

There is a 95 kilometre cabro paved road network also currently underway which has already been excavated and road base material as well as kerbs put in place, currently remaining the laying of quarry dust so as to start cabro paving. To service the cars on this network shall be two one acre pieces of land set aside for petrol stations one near each gate. Drainage on the road side is also almost complete.

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In our projects, there is the incorporation of sustainable technologies like the use of eco-friendly biofilter septic tank systems whereby the solid waste is separated from the liquid, the solid waste then decomposes hence stays for longer without the need of removing the waste while the liquid waste may be used around the garden or recycled or to drain pipes.

The Longonot Gate, owing to its name, has large entrance structures on both entrances from the Old Naivasha road and the main Naivasha route.

The gates are also almost through with basically the finishes only remaining whereby from the top to half there will be concrete finish and the lower half will be of mazeras finish.

Kenya has been gradually changing from traditional methods of constructing houses to more advanced methods that are set to reduce the amount of financing of major projects through use of efficient equipments and well designed plans and schedules for the projects. Resorts and Cities Development Company has incorporated some of these technological advancements in Kenya owing to the need of efficiency in cost and time management in construction.

We give you the option of using the traditional stone and mortar houses or using the cast concrete method which has been in Kenya for some time but never really been exploited as much. By using the precast concrete method it is possible to complete your house in less than 6 months.

Also with the precast method there is really no need of using plaster so as to paint them as the surfaces are already smoothened to finish hence only the need of cleaning them and ensuring all cracks are sealed, applying concrete primer and painting on them. Most projects in fact in urban areas are incorporating such methods and they have really done exceptionally.

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Construction in Kenya in general and our projects.

The construction industry in Kenya is one of the fastest growing industries particularly due to the increase in development projects from private investments as well as government funded investments.

These values are, however, rounded off to the nearest whole value.

Statistics definitely don’t lie, Kenya is ranked at position 72 in terms of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) worldwide and position 9 in the African continent.

The construction industry on average for the past few years has contributed to about 7% of the GDP in Kenya this means that the construction industry has a driving factor in the economy. The GDP which is the value, usually in dollars, of all final goods and services consumed within the country for a period of time, usually it is calculated in a year.

The fact that the construction industry has a significant impact in the driving force of the economy means that better investments in the industry could go a long way in increasing the economic development and putting Kenya in a better position in development growth.

Longonot Gate and Makuyu Ridge projects from Resorts and Cities Development Company being one of these projects seek to provide such investment opportunities. We provide facilities such as serene homes for holidays, retirement homes and family homes to live in. Despite even the anticipated election whereby most companies particularly construction and distributor companies adopt a ‘wait-and-see’ sort of business; the construction industry has only slightly decreased in contribution to the GDP in Kenya in 2017.

go site The Need for new housing units in Kenya.

Well over 60% of all people living in urban areas live in slums in Kenya where the conditions are usually not usually as good as you would wish them to be.

The main reason of course being Nairobi, home to about 4 million Kenyans, lacks in decent affordable homes to live in but the other reason being that the city is getting over populated and hence the new development of housing projects near the city to settle the population that is getting a bit too crowded. Kenyan urban lands say there is a deficit of about 250 000 housing units per year.

The Longonot Gate and Makuyu Ridge projects are set to offer high end homes and also far away from the hustle of Nairobi area in a serene location 20 kilometres away from Naivasha town. The project is one of the largest in Kenya with over 2400 acres of land procured for the gated community.

It ranges in various selected designs suitable for the clientele and it is located at the foot of Mt Longonot



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Celebrate the Small Wins..

In the context of real estate investing, here are some of the milestones you should celebrate:
First deal analyzed
First phone call with a broker
First offer made
First counter-offer received
First contract submitted
First meeting with a potential investor
First conversation with a potential team member (like property manager or lender)
10th phone call with a broker or potential team member
10th offer made
10th investor meeting
50th offer made
Notice that all of these milestones are not outcomes but activities. The beauty of this technique is that you can actually see yourself making progress even though you are not achieving any results. This is important because that first tangible result (doing your first deal) may take longer than you have patience for. But if you consider certain activities as “mini results,” then you feel like you’re making progress and you’re more likely to stick with it.
Whenever you get started with something new, focus on activities, not outcomes. The outcomes will come later but only after you do the activity long enough. Do not become discouraged by the apparent lack of success. Continue taking action and make sure to recognize and celebrate the small milestones along the way. Eventually, the results will come.

Are you frustrated with your real estate investing? What “small” milestones can you set and celebrate?

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How to Retire in 3-5 Years

Let’s assume you want to retire in the next 3-5 years and you’ve decided that the best way to achieve that goal is by investing in apartment buildings by raising money from others (good decision, BTW!).

There are three problems with this goal:

It’s too far into the future.

You’ll likely have to do several deals to get there.

Even doing your first deal might take a year or longer.

Most newbies are so overwhelmed by this that they never get started. The few that do get started give up after several months because they haven’t done their first deal.

Why do they give up?

They’re analyzing deals, making offers, meeting with potential investors, and building their team, but they don’t have a deal under contract. This is incredibly frustrating, and many quit because they expect immediate results if they implement a series of steps that are supposed to lead to a specific outcome.

They think that because several months of work have not produced a first deal, they are not making progress. They become discouraged, and without a good mentor, they will quit.

The truth is that they’re actually making progress, but they don’t see it. The solution to staying on track is to recognize and celebrate the small milestones on the way to the ultimate goal.

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Perfect Properties to Invest In

Perfect Properties to Invest in.

So you are ready to become a real estate investor and are looking for the perfect property to invest in that will bring about the highest possible success. You may be thinking, “Where can I find the perfect property to invest in?” Here are our top picks for finding perfect properties:‑


Everyone knows a Realtor. Some Realtors are better than others. There can be a huge gap in the level of professionalism, work ethic, and expertise from one Realtor to the next. Be aware that a lot of Realtors are accustomed to working with owner occupant buyers and have little experience or appetite for properties sold AS-IS and in a distressed condition. Be very mindful of a specific Realtor’s clientele before considering working with them, if they spend their day driving around with families in their car looking at beautiful retail homes then they will not be of much use to you in finding investment quality homes. However, do not discount these ‘retail’ Realtors entirely. You should get to know several of them, as they are exactly the person you need to sell or rent your finished product down the road.

The kind of Realtor you want to find to locate investment properties is one that deals only with “INVESTORS”, the African Urbanization. With a presence within the Region and Diaspora, African Urbanization Group has the breadth of experience & network of expertise as a “boutique” online marketing firm, able to offer clients high level of service with a competitive advantage by maximizing on efficiencies through targeted/specialized marketing efforts together with the use of extensive proprietary databases and platforms.

These real estate agents understand the principals of investing and have vast knowledge of on and off market properties. For brand new investors, finding a Realtor like this is usually a good idea as long as you have an abundance of time available to look at lots of properties and make tons of offers. Be prepared to spend some time everyday engaged in this forum for at least a month as newer property listings with more value addition and secondary opportunities are listed before you settle down to strike the final deal. Also be prepared for sellers today to have almost no interest at all in accepting your contract if you are using conventional financing and/or require a longer period of time to close unless your offer is very close to the retail value of the property. In most cases you will only obtain the discount you need if your offer is all cash or you can close in a few weeks or less. Most new investors do not realize the level of competition in the market for high-quality investment homes, the speed at which the truly good ones sell, and the difficulty and time involved in contracting one. Although working with a good investment-based Realtor is a great way to get your feet wet and learn the basics, like evaluating property values and the cost of repairs, if you have the time to invest.

Professional Real Estate Companies;

Resorts and Cities Development Group, is a Premier Real Estate Developer of World Class Luxury Golf Resort Properties in Kenya. The group engages in the development of Master Planned projects, Land investment, Holiday homes construction, Infrastructure constructions and Property Management. Resorts and Cities Development Group has the breadth of experience, the network of expertise and the financial strength to assume complex and challenging Investments, Development and Management projects. By the end of 2015, Resorts and Cities diversified portfolio both in terms of risk and geography for projects under way (Consisting of the 2,500 Acre Golf City project dubbed Longonot Gate in Naivasha and the 1,000 Acre Golf Resort project dubbed Makuyu Ridge in Makuyu) garnered more value addition and secondary opportunities and as a result continued to attract more investor confidence. This is now materializing as more Institutions, Private equity and high net worth individual investors are now consistently bidding on investment opportunities within the

Resorts and Cities developments~ A trend we expect to continue over the long term. Upon completion of the projects over the next 5 years, it is anticipated that Kshs. 140 Billion will have been injected into the economy through the construction of Holiday Homes, Commercial Amenities, Industrial Parks, Office Blocks, Golf Courses & Golf Clubs, Hotel Facilities, Convection Center’s, Schools, Hospitals, Shopping Malls, Sports Complex and other Innovative Social Amenities.

Resorts and Cities Development Group flagship project, the Longonot Gate Resort is a 2,400-acre estate built on the slopes of Mount Longonot in Naivasha The breathtaking scenery, serene environment and fresh air provide an ideal environment for holiday, retirement and leisure homes

The recently launched Makuyu Ridge Luxury Golf Resort in Murang’a County is resplendent amid lush undulating hills overlooked by Mount Kenya Both resorts will feature 18 hole golf courses and five star social and luxury amenities unmatched by any of the competing real estate projects.

Longonot Gate Dev. (Naivasha) ½ acre plots at Naivasha Gardens for Kshs 6 million Longonot Gate Dev. ½ acre plots at Kingdom City at Kshs 12 million

Longonot Gate Dev. ¼ acre Golf plots – premium plots at Kshs 15 million

Makuyu Ridge Dev. (Muranga)Baobab Gardens (Phase 1) Selling ¼ acre plot at Kshs 5 million

Commercial Properties; Petrol station, School, Office park, Hotel and Convention centre, Hospital, Apartments and Sports grounds at Kshs 15 million per acre.

Resorts and Cities master planned gated communities such as The Longonot Gate in Naivasha & Makuyu Ridge in Makuyu are designed to provide a master planned convenience. In their varied housing within the community layout, our homes are designed to conform to the lifestyle of diverse generations. They are created to provide both soft and hard amenities and services in the way people want them delivered. Home properties within the Resorts and Cities projects fall under the luxury category and easily become a first pick among the many wealthy individuals from all around the world who choosing to live within some of the most captivating destinations in the country today. The construction approach of Holiday homes construction will be regulated by the developer and will be based on the existing house designs.

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Infrastructure investment in Kenya.

Kenya is ranked among the top five gainers of population growth rate. Kenya’s demographic dividend is third in Africa behind Nigeria (1.9% of a 4.9% GDP growth) and Angola 2% of a 4.3% GDP growth) Kenya’s labour force will nearly triple to reach 48 million by 2050, compared to 18 million in 2014. The large base of economically active people should enable Kenya to sustain an average annual gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate of nearly 4.7% over the 35 years.

Definition: The average annual percent change in the population resulting from a surplus (or deficit) of births over deaths and the balance of migrants entering and leaving a country. The rate may be positive or negative. The growth rate is a factor in determining how great a burden would be imposed on a country by the changing needs of its people for infrastructure (e.g., schools, hospitals, housing, roads), resources (e.g., food, water, electricity), and jobs. Rapid population growth can be seen as threatening by neighboring countries.

If the country is to meet its full economic potential in a sustainable and balanced way so that all regions benefit, it needs the necessary infrastructure to cope with this increased demand.

I have identified three major challenges for infrastructure in Kenya:

  • We need to improve delivery, especially for projects outside of the capital, Nairobi. Because of finite public investment opportunities, hard choices must always be made and the economic case is most often a major determining factor,
  • The overall level of investment lags behind that of our major global competitors, largely due to a combination of political interference, no clear long term vision, a lack of devolved power and limited local finance options that would enable cities and regions to determine their own infrastructure choices.
  • The third challenge facing infrastructure in Kenya is balancing competing investment needs. The current method does not account for the economic contribution or potential of the core cities.


Since 2010, a number of infrastructure projects have been completed in the Kenya across a broad range of sectors: Energy, Agriculture, Sanitation, Floods defenses, ICT, Road and Air. Kenya’s economy grew by an estimated 4.9% in the first quarter of 2015, compared to 4.7% in the same period in 2014, according to Kenya National Bureau of Statistics. Agriculture, infrastructure, financial services and ICT contributed to the growth, but manufacturing and tourism declined. The economy grew by 5.4% in 2014 and the World Bank, in its Kenya Economic Update for March 2015,projected the economy would grow by 6% in 2015, supported by lower energy costs, investment in infrastructure, agriculture, manufacturing and other industries. A stable macroeconomic environment, continued investment in infrastructure, improved business environment, exports and regional integration will help sustain the growth momentum.

In recent history, some notable high profile projects have been delayed or come in vastly over budget, leading to the impression that Kenya is not very good at delivering major infrastructure  projects, especially when compared to other countries.

A recent example is the postponement of Konza city, a world-class global technology hub. As a Kenya Vision 2030 flagship project, Konza city was expected to foster the growth of the technology industry in Kenya. Konza city was being developed to be a sustainable, world-class global technology hub and a major economic driver for the nation, with a vibrant mix of businesses, workers, residents, and urban amenities, and is therefore a major setback for the core entire country.

Of course, a project that is behind schedule or over budget can still ultimately be a success, just as much as one that is on time and on budget can be riddled with problems.

For example, the new Thika super highway was one of the longest planning applications this country has witnessed, but was completed in November 2012 on time and on budget. However, despite being A Masterpiece for East Africa  and “A National Pride” a catalogue of problems soon arose and the project was initially greeted with a great deal of skepticism.

The understanding of costs, schedules and the processes involved in delivering and project managing major infrastructure has increased significantly in the Kenya, and both the public and private sectors have had greater exposure and experience of managing these types of projects in recent years. A recent study of public-private partnership infrastructure projects showed that only 28% of projects ran more than 5% over schedule, and just 30% were more than 5% over budget, based on the original estimates at the start of the project. That means that over 70% of projects were delivered on time and on budget.

The amount spent on total infrastructure (defined as Water, Rail, Road, Air, Port, Electricity and Communications) as a percentage of GDP has increased steadily since 2000, and even more so in the last decade. Maintaining this level of output over the next five years would help to stimulate economic growth as well as improve the quality of infrastructure.

So is Kenya poor at delivering infrastructure?

Recent history suggests that there have been clear successes, with examples of several projects delivered on time and on budget. Furthermore, some ambitious major projects currently under way, such as The Longonot Gate Resort City & The Makuyu Ridge Golf Resort, have so far avoided any significant setbacks.

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Methods to subdivide Land in Kenya.


Method 1. Surveyor.

  1. This method you use a land surveyor to subdivide the land into 1/8th acre plots. In most local authorities in Kenya, the minimum plot size is 1/8th acre in size. This method usually brings about 7 parcels of 1/8th acre plots per acre.

Method 2. Master Planned Development.

  1. In this method use qualified architects/planners to come up with a luxury housing estate scheme on our ¼ acre sized plots and have it approved by the relevant local authorities. (This is the minimum plot size at Makuyu Ridge Luxury Golf Resort the perfect place to escape the city hustle being only an hour’s drive from Nairobi and the perfect retreat for holiday and retirement homes).
  2. Titles are then issued under sectional properties act.

Method 1. Surveyor

  • In this method, the land owner hires a Registered Physical Planner and Land Surveyor to come up with a subdivision report to be presented to the relevant Local Authority for approval.
  • The report is presented in the council meeting and discussed by the technical Here, suggestions such as ceding some land for social amenities such as schools, plot size, road size are heard. Suggestions such as whether the roads to be murram grade or tarmac are heard.
  • The Physical Planner and Land Surveyor will then go back to the drawing board and amend the subdivision plan to conform to the council suggestions.
  • Once the council is satisfied with the subdivision report by the Physical Planner and the Surveyor, the Council Planner issues a letter approving the subdivision of land as per the surveyed plots and sets out conditions that the land owner should meet before the Ministry of Lands issue titles to the plots. (Such conditions include issues such as infrastructure development [roads, water, storm water drainage, sewer, communication].
  • In most cases, the council allows the land owner to be issued with 30% of the title deeds so that he/she can sell them off to finance infrastructure development.
  • Once all the conditions for subdivision as stated in the subdivision approval letter are met, the council inspects and issues a letter allowing the Ministry of Lands to issue all the remaining titles.
  • The land owner takes the letter to the Ministry of Lands to begin processing individual land title deeds. This ensures that no lands in Kenya will be subdivided into smaller plots without infrastructure development such as roads and sewers being put in place by the land owner. (This is mainly enforced to the letter in subdivisions around Nairobi CBD. Subdivisions further from Nairobi CBD sometimes circumvent this requirement and titles are issued without any infrastructure whatsoever).


In this method, the buyers of the 1/8th acre plots can construct what they want so long as it conforms to the local authority requirements.


The land owner cannot subdivide the land into sizes less than 1/8th hence less profits.

Method 2. Master Planned Development.

  • This method more revenue sales per acre than the Survey
  • In this method, Resorts and Cities hires a registered architect such as to come up with a luxury housing estate design.
  • The architect submits the drawing to the local authority planning department [development control section].
  • Here, the project is subjected to a technical committee discussion where issues such as space for social amenities, size of roads , house unit design , building code conformity, sewerage disposal are analyzed.
  • Any suggestions and recommendations are then relayed upon to the architect for
  • Once the architect amends the design to conform to the council requirements, the council approves the
  • The architect comes up with sectional titles under the sectional properties act.
  • Titles are then issued under sectional properties act.


The land owner can have more plots to sell under sectional title [14 plots] as opposed to certificate of title [7 plots].

The plot buyers do not have to apply for plan approvals once they buy since this has already been done.

The plot value rises higher since the area becomes controlled in development since buyers can only build the specified building design with minor amendments.

The master planned gated community properties include retirement homes and holiday homes for residential and commercial use that preserving the beauty of the natural landscapes in which they are built

Our master planned gated community properties will feature; Integrated Commercial and Socio-Economic facilities, Golf courses, Hotels, Hospital, Schools, Shopping malls, Sports centers among other amenities.

Residents enjoy lifetime membership of the 18 hole international championship golf courses, arboretums, beautiful landscaped gardens and water features, fully serviced paved cabro road networks, fresh water supply, power connection and internet connectivity to each plot.

Examples are the Carefully Master Planned Gated Community Properties such as The Makuyu Ridge Luxury Golf Resort & Longonot Gate Luxury Resort City whereby once someone buys the plot, they are issued with the architectural plans to guide them on how to build.


Some plot buyers would like to buy a plot and develop flats or smaller units for rent. In this scenario, its not possible unless some part of the scheme had been pre-designed for highrise buildings.

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Ten Principles of County Planning.


As part of devolution, and a requirement of the Constitution, all counties within Kenya were expected to flair 10-year Integrated County Development Plans. These plans are released on their respective visions, centered on the dreams they have hitherto yearned for but never had a chance to implement.

Respective county leaderships envision the goals and plans that will solve problems while guiding development into the future, breaking free from the shackles of centralized planning. These plans envision exceptional living conditions and standards for more productive residents.

All economic, social and cultural activities happen on land: be it Roads, Research, Health Services, Schools, Colleges or Markets for produce. Then there is Entertainment, Biodiversity, Ecology and Public accessible spaces. It is psychological therapy to have access to public open areas.

Urban land use planning ought to follow the 10 principles of exceptional urbanism:

Rule one: A balance with nature emphasizes the difference between utilizing resources and exploiting them.

Rule two: Balance with tradition is intended to integrate plan interventions with existing cultural assets, respecting traditional practices and precedents of style.

Rule three: Appropriate technology emphasizes use of building materials, construction techniques, infrastructural systems and project management that are consistent with local contexts.

Rule four: Conviviality sponsors social interaction through public domains, in a hierarchy of places, devised for personal solace, companionship, romance, neighborliness, community and civic life, the same way as the Africans lived for years before colonization of land and mind.

Rule five: Efficiency promotes a balance between the consumption of resources such as energy, time and fiscal resources, with planned achievements in comfort, safety, security, access, tenure, productivity and hygiene.

Rule six: Human scale encourages ground level, pedestrian oriented urban patterns, based on anthropometric dimensions.

Rule seven: Opportunity matrix envisions the city as a vehicle for personal, social, and economic development, through equitable access to a range of organizations, services, facilities and information providing a variety of opportunities for enhanced employment and economic engagement.

Rule eight: Regional integration envisions the city as an organic part of a larger environmental, socio-economic and cultural-geographic system, essential for its sustainability.

Rule nine: Balanced movement advocates integrated transport systems comprising pedestrian walkways, cycling paths, bus lanes, light rail corridors, underground metros and automobile channels.

Rule ten: Institutional integrity holds that good practices inherent in considered principles can only be realized through accountable, transparent, competent and participatory county governance, founded on appropriate data bases, due entitlements, civic responsibilities and duties.

The overarching assumption here is that land in Kenya is available for all these grand dreams to be realized. In theory and in practice, land must be made available and if not, it will have to be paid for or compulsorily acquired, especially that which was set away for public utility but has fallen into private hands illegally.

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Time To Invest in a Luxury Golf Resort Project planned to inject Billions into Kenyan Economy

Makuyu Ridge Golf  Resort is a thousand acre world class golf resort in Makuyu, Murang’a County, nestled on rolling ridges overlooking scenic coffee estates adjacent to the Greater Eastern bypass. It is the perfect place to escape the city hustle being only an hour’s drive from Nairobi. It is the perfect retreat for holiday and retirement homes.
Makuyu Ridge Press Release (Daily Nation 27th October 2015)
Set in the undulating hills of Murang’a County, Makuyu Ridge promises an experience of serenity and luxurious comfort.
The thousand acre resort will boast an 18 hole international championship golf course, arboretum, beautiful landscaped gardens resplendent with water features. The project is an
hour’s drive from Nairobi off the main Thika Sagana highway, and is also connected with the greater eastern bypass.
 The resort will also have cabro road networks, universal ICT
connectivity, perimeter electric fences and 24 hour security details. On completion of the projects, an anticipated 140 billion Shillings will have been injected into the economy through the construction of homes, commercial amenities, golf courses, hotels, hospital, schools, shopping malls, sports centres and other amenities.