hisLagos State with an area of 3577 square kilometers is the smallest in the federation though the most densely populated in Land area.
The consequences on the Land area are manifested in problems of housing, provision of basic infrastructure such as water supply, roads, storm drainage, reliable electricity, waste disposal and social infrastructure like Schools, Hospitals and recreational centres the list is obviously inexhaustible and endless.
The solutions to the myriad of challenges enumerated above can only be found in the proper planning of Lagos State. This prompted the State government to prepare a Master Plan for the Metropolitan area of Lagos in 1980 and the Regional plan spanning 20 years was prepared in 1981.
The documents provided comprehensive guidelines for orderly development of the State which are still relevant today in the formulation of physical planning policies and the creation of a Government Agency called New Towns Development Authority.
The New Towns Development Authority (NTDA) was established in April 1981 through the Lagos State Government Official Gazette Extra-Ordinary No.19 Volume 16 to effectively implement the planned growth of Lagos State, in order to decongest Metropolitan Centre and ensure even development of Lagos State towards the North West, Southwest and Lekki Axis.