The interface between the evolving urban land use and the planning of Solwezi urban in Zambia
Phanuel Chuka Hakwendenda
This study, which is part of the author’s M.Sc. dissertation, was designed to examine the interface that existed between the evolving urban land use and the planning of Solwezi urban in Zambia. This perceived interface seemed to have resulted from the problem of urban land use fragmentation and a growing number of suburban and informal housing areas, which appeared to have impacted negatively on Solwezi urban morphology and service delivery. Therefore, the study sought to explain the various functions of the town and their existing patterns and how these related to the overall planning of the town in terms of land use management and service provision. A wide section of literature relating to urban land use and planning and the provision of urban services was reviewed. The study used both structured interviews and semi-structured questionnaires to obtain primary information from residents and municipal council officials respectively. The study used a stratified random sampling technique to select respondents using a list of households obtained from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) as a basis for determining both the total sample of 90 residents and the proportional sample sizes for each residential category. Field data sets were analysed quantitatively using t-test, Chi-square and factor analysis statistical techniques of version 16 of the SPSS software then. Part of the study findings revealed that land use had changed significantly over time in Solwezi urban and that there was some degree of misuse of land as indicated by some overlaps in land use and a considerable mismatch between the use of urban land and the spatial distribution of infrastructure and services. The study recommended that land use in Solwezi Urban would require a thorough review of both the prevailing conditions during the transformation period and the planning authorities responsible for effecting these changes.
Phanuel Chuka Hakwendenda. The interface between the evolving urban land use and the planning of Solwezi urban in Zambia. International Journal of Advanced Scientific Research, Volume 6, Issue 5, 2021, Pages 18-27