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Housing, Rural and Urban Planning

Shelter is a fundamental human need. In the Ambazonian way of life, housing is more than just shelter; it is a family, friends, and visitors living environment. A living environment with people becomes a neighborhood. Neighborhoods have a profound impact on a community’s quality of life. Our sustainable Ambazonian communities must offer a variety of different and affordable housing options for its citizens. In the cultures of the Ambazonian tribes, a house is not only a place we live in; it also displays our character, expresses our values, affects our health and well-being, and shapes our neighborhoods. Decent and affordable housing is likewise a cornerstone to the attraction of new businesses and residents that will further the growth and economic development of our community.

Places and Spaces of No Planning

Ambazonia today as a territory occupied by La Republique du Cameroun is a land where urban planning offices exist but field planning is non-existent. Our people are abandoned to themselves in the housing market. There are no housing codes, no housing inspectors, and no building officials. Whoever has money constructs anything wherever and whenever he or she wills. Order is replaced by disorder in city spaces, public safety is not a priority, preventable diseases are prevalent as there is no link between city and regional planning and public health in the modus operandi of the Cameroun government, public convenience is replaced by the whims and caprices of corrupt officials, and a culture of bribery and corruption takes the place of economic and social welfare.

Principles of Housing, Rural and Urban Planning in the New Ambazonia State

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  • • Establishment of employer-assisted housing programs
  • • Elimination of all corrupt practices and extortion mechanisms in a property taxes payment system without intelligent and equitable property assessment
  • • County and state programs that encourage all communities to include a fair share of affordable and moderate-range housing
  • • Integration of smart growth and housing programs
  • • Tax reduction and/or exemption for mixed-income developments and low-income homeowners where suitable
  • • Tarred roads of different classifications (local streets, collectors, boulevards, arterials, etc) with sidewalks as applicable to ensure public safety and promote public health.
  • • Distinctive and attractive communities with a strong sense of place
  • • Creation of housing trust funds in all 13 counties, managed by the local communities with state oversight
  • • Emphasis in the planning of cities, towns, villages, and neighborhoods at the level of county governments with federal or state assistance
  • • Comprehensive plans and sub-area plans that encourage mix land uses through enhanced zoning techniques in appropriate spaces as determined by the local communities
  • • Local and regional planning grants from the state
  • • Rehabilitation of housing stock to ensure they are safe, healthy and aesthetically pleasing to behold
  • • Vertical and horizontal organization of a variety of land uses
  • • Discouragement of sprawl that makes the provision of urban services very expensive
  • • Use of compact development coupled with on-site best management practices to improve the environmental outcome
  • • Use of best development practices to control the disposal of garbage, flow of rainwater on roads, between houses, etc. to improve public sanitation and safety
  • • Land conservation
  • • Land acquisition and management techniques that protect our drinking water from pollution and diseases
  • • Neighborhood and cities scale recreational facilities
  • • Strengthening and directing development to established communities

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