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Title:Changes in land use in the Kumasi metropolis of Ghana: whose fault?
Editor:Forkuor, David
Periodical:Journal of Local Government Studies (ISSN 2026-5840)
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:land use
urban development
urban planning
local government
Abstract:The paper discusses land use changes in the Kumasi metropolis of Ghana. Five communities in the metropolis formed the study area. Using purposive, stratified and simple random techniques, a community was selected from the northern, southern, eastern, western and central areas of the metropolis. The selection was made to ensure a geographical representation of the metropolis and also to reflect the three classes of communities that make up the city. A sample size of 150 respondents, made up of building owners, chiefs, government land institutions and administrators, was used. The paper discusses landownership in Ghana, the role of traditional authorities in the land administration process, and the role of the government in creating changes in land use. The results of the study showed that lands allocated for communal and environmental use, such as public open spaces, wetlands, markets, etc. have been converted to other uses, mostly residential thereby deviating from the approved plans. Most of the buildings located on lands whose uses have changed had no specific spatial pattern. A number of recommendations are made: prominent among them is for the government to create an allocation committee in each community to dictate the allocation of plots for development. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]