n Journal of Emerging Trends in Educational Research and Policy Studies - Developing an environmental physical development plan for medium size town of Ahero in Kisumu county, Kenya

Volume 4, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2141-6990
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The study examined the urban growth of Ahero town in Nyanza Province of Kenya from an environmental planning perspective. This paper discusses the development of a physical development plan for Ahero town and how to proposes a way to implementing it. The methods of data collection included survey questionnaires administered to 199 respondents in Ahero town, field observation, key informant interviews, photography, an analysis of topographical map, sheet 116/3 of scale 1:50,000 and Ahero Town Physical Development Plan dated 1966. Data analysis involved both quantitative and qualitative techniques. Quantitative data was entered and analyzed in SPSS and Excel while qualitative data was thematically analyzed. The proposed development plan was developed using Geographical Information System techniques. It was found that despite the existence of an old development plan, the town is currently developing outside the domains of the plan with serious environmental implications such as contamination of the River Nyando that straddles the town thus posing a health risk to the residents. As such, the study recommends the adoption and implementation of the proposed Ahero Town Development Plan by the Ahero Town Council in collaboration with other stakeholders.

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