Nairobi City County has initiated a sweeping audit of all buildings erected within the city limits over the past two years, aiming to ascertain their compliance with regulatory standards.

This comprehensive exercise, also targeting approved plans awaiting execution, underscores the county's commitment to upholding safety and regulatory protocols in urban development.

The directive, issued by county public service head Patrick Akivaga, beckons the engagement of various stakeholders, including representatives from professional bodies and regulatory agencies.

These collaborative efforts are poised to establish a 12-member multi-agency committee tasked with scrutinizing the city's architectural landscape and submitting a detailed report for implementation.

Among the participating entities are esteemed bodies such as the National Environment Management Authority, the National Construction Authority, the Institute of Engineers of Kenya, and the Architectural Association of Kenya.

Additionally, the Kenya Institute of Planners and the Town & County Planners Association of Kenya have been enlisted to contribute their expertise to this critical evaluation.

In a letter addressed to the heads of selected organizations, Akivaga articulated the urgency of the matter, stating, "The multi-agency committee will be tasked to undertake the review and conclude within 30 to 60 days and submit a comprehensive report for implementation."

The county expects prompt response, with preparations slated to commence in the week starting May 13, 2024.

This proactive move follows recent developments where Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja temporarily suspended all building development approvals to facilitate a thorough reassessment.

"All building development approvals have been halted for now until we can review all those that have been issued and are continuing in the city," Sakaja affirmed during a previous press briefing.

Earlier deliberations had seen the governor affirming the continuation of high-rise apartment constructions in upscale neighbourhoods like Kileleshwa and Lavington, despite public objections.

This stance drew criticism from 26 professional and resident associations, who threatened legal recourse if the county persisted with its plans.

Governor Sakaja, however, remains resolute, emphasizing the pressing need for urban expansion amid burgeoning population pressures.

While acknowledging public concerns, he underscores the imperative of balanced development strategies to accommodate the city's evolving landscape.

As Nairobi embarks on this comprehensive audit, the spotlight shines on ensuring urban sustainability and regulatory adherence, reflecting a concerted effort towards fostering a safe and resilient built environment for its inhabitants.