Journal of
Geography and Regional Planning

  • Abbreviation: J. Geogr. Reg. Plann.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2070-1845
  • DOI: 10.5897/JGRP
  • Start Year: 2008
  • Published Articles: 363

Full Length Research Paper

Urban land use planning and its effects on the provision of public sanitation facilities in the Wa Municipality, Ghana

Prosper B. Laari
  • Prosper B. Laari
  • Department of Environment and Resource Studies, University for Development Studies, P. O. Box 520, Wa, Ghana.
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Sumaila A. Bayorbor
  • Sumaila A. Bayorbor
  • Department of Environment and Resource Studies, University for Development Studies, P. O. Box 520, Wa, Ghana.
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Gideon Sagoe
  • Gideon Sagoe
  • Sewerage Systems Ghana Ltd., P. O. Box GP 1630, Accra, Ghana.
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  •  Received: 01 August 2019
  •  Accepted: 02 October 2019
  •  Published: 31 October 2019

Abstract

This study has investigated the implications of land use planning on the provision and management of public sanitation facilities in the Wa Municipality, using three zones (Zone 1-Jangbeyiri and Suriyiri; Zone 2-Kpaguri; Zone 3-Mangu) of different land use and socioeconomic characteristics. A mixed method approach was utilized. Field surveys including 374 respondents, key informant interviews, and spatial planning methods were employed to gather the primary data. The results revealed that local plans and building regulations were not available at the time the indigenous settlements (Zone 1) were developed, resulting in haphazard development in the area. The high-income residential area (Zone 2) had household toilet facilities and access to door-to-door waste collection services due to the adherence to building regulations and good access routes. Zones 1 and 3 had sanitary spaces with public sanitary facilities (communal containers and public toilets) provided by either the Wa Municipal Assembly or Zoomlion Ghana Ltd. However, the sanitary facilities in the two areas were found to be inadequate and not well spaced. Access to public sanitation facilities is very difficult for service providers as well as the beneficiaries of the services. The Wa Municipal Assembly should inform the public through radio programs and community fora on the need and procedures of obtaining building permits before developing their lands. The Municipality should also create and adopt urban renewal strategies to provide sanitary services for unplanned areas like Jangbeyiri and Suuriyiri.

 

Key words: Land use, sanitation, sustainability, urban planning, waste management.