Goromonzi Rural District Council has raised alarm over the invasion of its predominantly rural area by home-seekers.
The authority said the invasion has placed at risk the communal land owners in the area.
“There is a threat posed to landowners in the communal areas by urban development due to the inadequacy of land as a whole.
“This needs to be addressed through resettlement or land reorganization,” it said in a statement.
To accommodate a greater variety of land uses it said it will be necessary to provide a more versatile policy guiding subdivisions.
Council said this will , “not threaten agricultural viability of agricultural entities”.
Goromonzi has a population of around 220 000 people according to the last national census.
The population is predominantly rural 75%, with urban areas accommodating 25% of the district’s population.
However, recently the district has witnessed an influx of illegal settlers in communal areas around rural service centers.
The same experience has been seen in other areas surrounding the capital Harare which include Seke and Domboshava.
Many people have been moving from Harare seeking for cheaper stands.
Currently, at least half a million home seekers are registered on Harare City Council’s waiting list.
Their failure to access land has led to their migration to peri-urban areas nearby.
Harare Residents Trust director Precious Shumba has accused council of corruption in allocation of stands.
“The City Council has become a black market of criminals.
“It has become a commercial entity instead of it playing a public service role hence exploitation of the poor.
“So if you can’t afford their proposed amount for waiting list allowance then its pure exploitation
Council has said it’s aiming to clear the waiting list by 2030.