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Where is the journey going, Frankfurt? City Councilor Josef presents city development concept

04.06.2019 | 14:43 Clock | Citywhispers
Where is the journey going, Frankfurt? City Councilor Josef presents city development concept

Frankfurt is a city that is always growing and constantly changing. Of course, this cannot happen haphazardly. There are clear plans, strategies and plans where, when and why something should be built, changed or preserved. How Frankfurt is to develop has now been presented to the press by head of planning Mike Josef and the head of the city planning office, Martin Hunscher. "We have compiled [in the concept] the basics for future urban development in Frankfurt," Josef said. "We want to shape the city's growth in a sustainable way and expand its urban qualities. To this end, the Integrated Urban Development Concept defines objectives and development strategies and provides convincing answers for the coming years and decades. It is the work of numerous municipal and external experts as well as extensive citizen participation, for which I would like to express my sincere thanks to all those involved."

Planing Director Josef emphasized that the Integrated Urban Development Concept is not a pure residential land development program, but an overall strategy for the city: "The challenges of urban development can be managed, and at the same time the urban forest and the GreenBelt are preserved, commercial areas are activated and the character of the existing neighborhoods is preserved. For the first time, open spaces have been typologised in terms of their quality and further development - the same applies to settlements, neighbourhoods and town centres."

Councillor Josef continued. "With the concept, we are not only fulfilling a mandate from the city council, but also from the federal government, the state and the region, which continue to expect strong population growth in Frankfurt. In view of the major challenges, regional cooperation will become more important - here we would like the Regional Association and the State of Hesse to play a more moderating role."

Since Frankfurt cannot make a sufficient contribution of its own to urban development and housing construction in the conurbation by 2030 with growth in the existing stock alone, options for urban expansion were also examined. "For example, the strategy map shows potential locations for urban expansion, which will be examined in greater depth and prepared in planning terms over the next few years. From these, up to 70,000 residential units can be developed," Josef explained. "In addition to the prospects for urban neighborhoods, potential commercial and industrial sites are also proposed while preserving the GreenBelt and open spaces."

In the concept, six development strategies were defined for topic areas relevant to the city as a whole ("Frankfurt for All," "Dynamic Economic Metropolis," "More Frankfurt," "Environmentally and Climate-Friendly Frankfurt," "The Region is the City," "Urban Development as a Community Task") and concrete instructions for action were proposed for these. In addition, eight focal areas of citywide importance were seen as having particularly high opportunities for further urban development, for which there is a need for increased coordination and coordination efforts between public and private actors.

The concept will be presented and discussed at a public event on Monday, June 24, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the casino of the planning department at Kurt-Schumacher-Strasse 10. The Integrated Urban Development Concept is now also available on the Internet at

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