The vision for Tatu City is the creation of a world-class, mixed-use,
mixed-income new city, located within Greater Nairobi – East Africa’s new economic hub. It will provide homes and jobs for thousands of Kenyans and unparalleled economic and business opportunities.
Through a strategic partnership with Kenya Vision 2030 and the Grand Coalition Government Policy Agenda, Tatu City is poised to make a significant contribution to Kenya’s renewed growth in economic and social development.
Aligned with the vision and purpose of the Nairobi Metro 2030 Strategy – which is part of the overall national development agenda for Kenya – Tatu City is prototypical of the African city of the future and a replicable model in Kenya and across sub-Saharan Africa. It is also a case study for effective and efficient urban development and management in the 21st Century and the mobilization of private resources for the development of urban infrastructure and services.
Tatu City will be home to an estimated 70,000 residents who will have the opportunity to live, work and play within their community and is also expected to attract around
30,000 day visitors.
The site of the proposed development is over 1, 000 hectares (2, 400 acres) in size.
Part of the land to be developed is currently a productive coffee farm and coffee production will continue on a further 4,000 ha during the development of
Tatu City. In fact the planners have insisted on maintaining respect for Tatu’s coffee farming heritage as shown in the attention shown to the environment planning and design.
The site is situated directly in the path of a continuously growing urban development extending northwards from Nairobi.
The development will result in the creation of a new decentralized urban centre to the north of Nairobi, in line with the Nairobi authority’s planned creation of decentralised development areas to alleviate the congestion within Nairobi.
Tatu City will be a planned community focused on the work-live-play concept - providing a comprehensive mix of land uses to cater for all the needs of its residents and visitors. These will include residential developments, retail, commercial, tourism, social facilities and recreation.
The Structure plan
Over a projected period of 10 years Tatu City will be developed as a planned community providing a comprehensive mix of land including residential developments, retail, commercial, social and recreational facilities.
The Structure Plan for Tatu City, a general scheme of intended use of Tatu City, has been prepared for and approved by the Ruiru Municipal Council. The Structure Plan sets out the vision for the development of Tatu City and demonstrates how this vision will be delivered over the development period. It defines the spatial structure of Tatu City in terms of movement systems and public spaces, clearly indicating the principles that form the foundation of that spatial structure and development.
The Structure Plan uses the existing natural features on the site as a key structuring element, providing a unique environment in which the development takes place. These natural features, including wetlands and river systems, cover 37% of the site. Of the remaining 658 ha of developable land, 4% is allocated for use as the primary urban node (46 ha), 3% to secondary urban nodes (33 ha), 2% to the business corridor and to the technology park (20-22 ha each), 1% to activity spines (13 ha), 17% for high density residential areas (176 ha), 28% for low to medium density residential areas (295 ha) and 5% for light industrial, warehousing and infrastructure (53 ha).
The development will be completed in 10 phases and for each phase there will be a
detailed precinct plan.
Phase 1A - Tatu City Central
This is the initial development phase of Tatu City. It comprises of the primary urban node providing a mix of retail, office, high and medium density residential and social facilities.
It is approximately 127 ha in extent, or 19% of the developable land, and will deliver approximately 983,236 m² Gross Buildable Area (GBA or bulk), consisting of
265,039 m² GBA retail space; 200,000 m² GBA of mixed-use, mixed-income for a regional mall;
250,276 m² GBA for offices; 6,269 residential units in a mix of 1 – 4 bedroom units;
75,872 GBA for tourism-related facilities and 39 331 m² for other (social, civic, educational) uses.