Evaluating the effectiveness of urban planning and administration in taming urban sprawl: a case of Kumasi-Ghana

dc.contributorWeber, Joe
dc.contributorKoti, Francis T.
dc.contributor.advisorAppiah-Opoku, Seth
dc.contributor.authorAsare-Akuffo, Filiberto
dc.contributor.otherUniversity of Alabama Tuscaloosa
dc.date.accessioned2017-03-01T17:21:46Z
dc.date.available2017-03-01T17:21:46Z
dc.date.issued2014
dc.descriptionElectronic Thesis or Dissertationen_US
dc.description.abstractCurrently, Kumasi is the largest urban agglomeration in Ghana, with a population of 2,035,064. Faced with rapid urbanization and urban sprawl, the city has created numerous growth problems for residents and authorities. In line with these developments, this study seeks to achieve the following objectives: (a) to identify urban growth problems in Kumasi, (b) to identify the causes of these problems, (c) to identify the growth pattern, (d) to identify planning interventions and their effectiveness, and (e) to suggest improvements based on lessons from the United States planning system. Employing a multidimensional approach, including content analysis of relevant literature, field survey, field observation, and remote sensing analysis of data, the study revealed the following: a city faced with traffic congestion, worsening waste conditions, encroachment on public lands and reserves, conflicting development, and negligence of planning regulations. However, planning officials, in their effort to control these developments, have not been successful due to outdated planning regulations and lack of coordination among institutions, comprehensive plans and subdivisions, and public participation in the planning process. Based on lessons from the United States Planning System, it was suggested that new planning regulations that conform to current problems should be developed and enforced. Additionally, the city should incorporate public views and input in the planning process, and finally, the city should adopt and enforce growth management strategies such as a population cap, a building permit quota system, an adequate public facility program, an urban growth boundary, and an urban service area. Keywords: urban growth management, urban sprawl, urban planningen_US
dc.format.extent134 p.
dc.format.mediumelectronic
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifier.otheru0015_0000001_0001766
dc.identifier.otherAsareAkuffo_alatus_0004M_11927
dc.identifier.urihttps://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/2212
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.hasversionborn digital
dc.relation.ispartofThe University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartofThe University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.rightsAll rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.en_US
dc.subjectGeography
dc.subjectUrban planning
dc.titleEvaluating the effectiveness of urban planning and administration in taming urban sprawl: a case of Kumasi-Ghanaen_US
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etdms.degree.departmentUniversity of Alabama. Department of Geography
etdms.degree.disciplineGeography
etdms.degree.grantorThe University of Alabama
etdms.degree.levelmaster's
etdms.degree.nameM.S.
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