FIG Peer Review Journal


A Planning Approach to Incremental Housing Development in Port Harcourt, Nigeria (8562)

Paul Visigah and Iyenemi Kakulu (Nigeria)
Mr Paul Visigah
Senior Technologist
Rivers State University of Science & Technology,
Port Harcourt,
Department of Urban & Regional Planning,
Rivers State University of Science & Technology,
Port Harcourt
Corresponding author Mr Paul Visigah (email: visigah.nekabari[at]ust,, tel.: +234 8037071065)

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Published on the web 2017-03-10
Received 2016-10-01 / Accepted 2017-02-01
This paper is one of selection of papers published for the FIG Working Week 2017 in Helsinki, Finland and has undergone the FIG Peer Review Process.

FIG Working Week 2017
ISBN 978-87-92853-61-5 (Online) ISBN 978-87-92853-62-2 (Printed)
ISSN 2307-4086
URL n/a


The study assesses the planning scopes to facilitating and regulating incremental housing in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. It further reviews the strengths and weaknesses of incremental housing as a sustainable housing provision strategy within the context of developing societies. It evaluates the context of incremental housing, identifies the perceived flaws in the approach, as well as the inherent strengths in its applicability within housing frameworks through careful analysis of the entire self-help housing process. It draws inferences from case studies undertaken within the city of Port Harcourt, Nigeria and uses this as a means of illustrating its sustainability, and applicability as a dependable approach to meeting housing needs. It concludes with an advocation for a revaluation of the incremental housing strategy as a means of meeting the needs of the lowest income groups within society in view of the growing housing demand globally.
Keywords: Standards; Land management; Land distribution; Security of tenure; Access to land; Spatial planning; Implementation of plans; Informal settlements; Affordable housing; Low cost technology; Incremental housing, low-income, housing developments.