LUPMP - Land Use and Spatial Planning Authority - Ghana

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Land Use Planning and Management Project      

The Land Use Planning and Management Project is a sub-component of the Ghana Land Administration Project. LUPMP aims at enhancing the institutional, legal, technological and human resource capacity of the Town and Country Planning Department (TCPD).


  • The objective of the project is to develop a coherent, streamlined and sustainable land use planning and management system which is decentralised and based on consultative and participatory approaches to effectively manage human settlements development in Ghana.

  • The development of a land use and spatial planning law that identifies the roles and responsibilities of TCPD and other agencies in spatial planning and management practices

  • The formulation of planning standards and development guidelines to standardize planning in Ghana;

  • Develop a new spatial planning models based on a  three tier  planning system;

  • The implementation of Geographical Information System (GIS) including integration of new and existing data (maps and other data) to support integrated planning at all levels;

  • The development of an information/public awareness campaign strategies and materials to support the implementation of the reformed planning system; and

  • Identifying and responding to the training needs of TCPD professional and technical staff, District assemblies and traditional rulers.

Project Approach

LUPM Project activities include field testing the new planning system in six and twenty pilot areas. The results of the pilot work will lead to refinements in the law, regulations, planning system, technologies as well as enhancing the skills of those responsible for town and country planning at all levels of Government.

Project Progress and Achievements since 2007

  • Human settlements policy study used in National Policy Guidelines for MTDP 2010-2013

  • Framework for a Land Use Planning Law drafted and subjected to national consideration prior to drafting of the proposed law. Law is expected to be passed by June 2014.

  • Establishment of the Land Use Planning and Management Information System (LUPMIS) to support integrated planning at all levels underway in all pilot communities and districts;

  • Guidelines, Standards and Permit Procedures. Development Guidelines for the new planning model, new Permitting Procedures and Planning Standards have been developed. These will standardize planning in Ghana;

Training and Capacity Building

  • The LUPMP has been successful in building the capacities of TCPD staff: a training needs assessment survey finalized; and professional and technical staff trained in Project Management, Participatory Planning, Communication Skills, and ICT/GIS

  • Institutional Reforms

  • An Institutional review has been carried out by the project and recommendations have been made, including making TCPD an Authority to give it more powers.

  • Gaining assembly support for TCPD

  • The Project has facilitated the recognition of TCPD within the Assemblies. In all the pilot areas, the Assemblies have provided office space, rehabilitated them and funds some TCPD activities.

The Project Office
Land Use Planning & Management Project
Town and Country Planning Department, Head Office
P. O Box MB 61
Ministries. Accra
Tel. 0302 682053/671091

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