This Act provides for physical and development planning in Nigeria and for the protection of environment from development. It establishes the Development Control Department and the Urban and Regional Planning Tribunal. It also requires, for the purposes of the initiation, preparation and implementation of the National physical development plans, the Federal, State and local governments to establish and maintain respectively: (a) a National Urban and Regional Planning Commission; (b) a State Urban and Regional Planning Board in each of the States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja; and (c) a Local Planning Authority in each of the local government areas and the area councils of the Federation. The Commission shall, among other things: (a) formulate of national policies for urban and regional planning; (b) initiate, prepare and implementation the National Physical Development Plan, regional and subject plans; (c) establish and maintain urban and regional planning standards. A developer shall at the time of submitting his or her application for development also submit to the appropriate Control Department a detailed environmental impact statement. The Act also provides for the maintenance of waste land and public acquisition of land for development purposes.
Implemented by: Urban and Regional Planning Tribunal (Federal Capital Territory, Abuja) (Procedure) Rules. (2013-02-28)
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Rudolph Hupperts (CONSLEGB)
British influence and control over what would become Nigeria and Africa's most populous country grew through the 19th century. A series of constitutions after World War II granted Nigeria greater autonomy. After independence in 1960, politics were marked by coups and mostly military rule, until the death of a military head of state in 1998 allowed for a political transition. In 1999, a new constitution was adopted and a peaceful transition to civilian government was completed.