An increase in population density and in real income of urban residents has led to an
increased demand for better housing. Supply of land is inelastic and land that is viable for
development of housing is continually on the decline. In an attempt to meet the new demand
in the modern urban economy and environment, there have been several approaches and
strategies being implemented. One of these has been the putting previously developed and
sparsely populated residential areas through intensive densification programs. This is part of
a wider urban renewal effort by developers and the Government to create a sustainable
economy with housing, urbanization, land reforms and environmental conservation being key
pillars in the achievement of vision 2030 goals.
The quest for new and more economically and sustainable urban forms has created a renewed
endeavor in urban planning, with several urban infill and housing intensification programs
initiated by the NHC becoming popular within local neighborhoods. As highlighted by this
study, these programs seek to achieve social-economic and environmental objectives but,
despite the expected and supposed advantages of a compacted and consolidated urban form,
the infill housing strategy for housing provision and management is not endeared always the
by local residents thus remaining contentious.
The Madaraka Infill development project was initiated to take advantage of several open
spaces that existed in between the older housing units, and was expected to be an upgrade to
a modern estate, which should have catered for deteriorating infrastructure services and
improve environmental standards in the neighborhood. This study chose to identify the
specific effects of the development of these infill apartments and the issues raised by
residents. This is through administration of questionnaires and interviews to the residents and
the developers, the NHC. It follows up with policy recommendations to address the issues
raised, to create an acceptable, sustainable and well planned modern urban residence