The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) has given the green light (Strategic Environment Assessment approval) to the second phase of Tatu City. The development is being expanded to meet the demand for businesses, homes as well as social amenities.
The approval will allow the city to develop in its second phase, which spans across 2,500-acres.
The city’s first phase, also 2,500 acres, has more than 50 businesses operating or developing, two schools have opened, educating 3,000 students daily (Niva Pioneer and Crawford), and more than 5,000 homes have been delivered or are under construction with various companies.
The first company which is planning to develop in Tatu City’s second phase is Kenya Wines Agencies Ltd and other companies are expected to follow this year. Additionally, Tatu City has designated part of the second phase for the large-scale affordable housing project.
“We have already started our multi-stakeholder engagement with monitoring bodies, including the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), the Water Resources Authority, and the County Government of Kiambu,” says Evans Dimba, Deputy Country Head for Rendeavour, Tatu City’s owner and developer.
Since its international investors secured legal support in 2016, Tatu City has grown to be one of the most promising urban developments in Africa, in line with its long-term goal of de-congesting the crowded capital of Nairobi.
The 5,000-acre development is among the largest private foreign direct investments in Kenya. Since its conception, more than KSh15 billion has been pumped into the city, with another KSh40 billion planned by its American, Norwegian, British, and New Zealand investors. The total value of the project will exceed KSh200 billion.
The Special Economic Zone already has companies operating or developing at its Industrial Park, including Cooper K-Brands, Dormans, Chandaria Industries, Twiga Foods, Kim-Fay, Africa Logistics Properties, Mapei, Copia, Tianlong and Stecol Corporation.