1. INTRODUCTION 1.1 Background 1.2 Overview of the redevelopment of urban brownfields 1.3 The value of a comparativ study 1.4 Methodology 2. NATIONAL POLICY

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2.1 Policy framework for urban redevelopment 2.2 Financial arrangements 2.3 Actors

3.1 Céramique Maastricht 3.1.1 Background 3.1.2 Specifications 3.1.3 Description 3.1.4 Results 3.2 CiBoGa Groningen 3.2.1 Background 3.2.2 Specifications 3.2.3 Description 3.2.4 Results 3.3 De Wolfsdonken ’s Hertogenbosch
3.3.1 Background 3.3.2 Specifications 3.3.3 Description 3.3.4 Results 4. SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS

4.1 Main policy aspects 4.2 Lessons from the case studies
APPENDIX: List of contact persons



This report gives a short review about the policy on urban brownfields in the Netherlands. The Dutch policy on contaminated sites is shortly explained with some examples of the daily practice. The review has been written by the bureau Zandvoort Planning & Advice by/in order of the Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment and will be used by the OECD for an international study of policies and projects to redevelop urban brownfields.



5 .1 Introduction BACKGROUND In the first half of 1997 the OECD decided. between 9. in cooperation with the EPA and the ICMA. Urban brownfield sites in the Netherlands mostly are industrial sites which have fallen into disuse. mining. The number and scope of the Dutch brownfield sites is in comparison with other countries in general much more restricted. The description of policy will be illustrated by means of three examples of successful urban development sites. In such areas often there is a combination of a weak social. There are three levels of government in the Netherlands. urban brownfield sites are areas in towns and cities where in the past industrial activity has taken place but which have since fallen into disuse. underused lots in urban areas. metals. the provinces and the municipalities. formerly occupied by industries which have become obsolete or undergone radical change 1.000 and 11. such as textile. tobacco. i.e. some autonomous and some complementary to one another. The paper outlines Dutch policy with regard to the development of urban brownfield sites. An important aspect of policy on the development of brownfield sites is its integrated nature. these activities have become obsolete. highlighting particularly those features which characterise Dutch policy. central government. By way of restructuring and urban economic development the position of these inner city sites can be strengthened. paint and printing industries. such as in Amsterdam.I 1. shipyards and (obsolete) dockyards. This paper is the Dutch contribution to this comparative study. to carry out a comparative study of policy on urban brownfield sites. Rotterdam and Zaanstad.2 OVERVIEW OF THE REDEVELOPMENT OF URBAN BROWNFIELDS The OECD defines urban brownfield sites as "vacant. The area of land occupied by these industrial activities in or near 1 According to a recent study commissioned by the Ministry of Economic Affairs. economic and spatial structure. This is mainly due to the long planning tradition and the relatively high demand for space in urban areas in the Netherlands. Dutch context In the Dutch context. sites which have been extensified and (former) gasworks. After a period of prosperity. Each has its own responsibilities and tasks.000 hectares of industrial sites are obsolete in the Netherlands. 1. derelict. the needs of present generations have changed and decline has set in. with actual soil contamination or risk of soil contamination".

The issue At the time when industrial activities were developing in towns. On the other hand. which can greatly increase their potential gains. Development of these. crime. activities of this kind often have led to environmental damage. Partly as a consequence of this. Making towns compact has a positive effect on reducing transport needs and means fighting urban sprawl3.3 THE VALUE OF A COMPARATIVE STUDY Improving the quality of urban life figures high on the agenda not only in EU member states but also 2 3 4 In introducing new functions. The development of new undeveloped sites at the urban edges is often more attractive than restructuring the existing urban area. Furthermore combining functions here often brings along environmental impediments. The soil has had to bear not only many localised instances of contamination due to point sources. Sites with high development costs offering relatively poor returns initially remained undeveloped. There are also disadvantages associated with the compact city: see section 2. because of their situation. This can eventually sap the vitality of the city as a whole. odour) around or in relation to existing functions. These were either sites with enormous potential where costs were low or sites which were very strategically situated in the existing urban area. major hazard. The first such sites to be tackled were generally the least financially risky. Failure to renew these areas often also influences the environmental quality of the surrounding area. have a considerable negative spin-off. the environmental consequences of our actions were generally only poorly understood. which can help to enhance the quality of urban life and is consistent with the goal of increasing sustainability. In the end this can create a negative spiral of mutually reinforcing processes. Adverse social and economic phenomena occur which lead to physical decline. but also starting from the assets as described above. there has to be reckoned with environmental zones (noise. etc. Thereby leads the development of inner cities to (further) intensification. inner city sites with development potential often lie strategically adjacent to the city centre. but also large-scale diffuse contamination. From the late seventies onwards Dutch policy makers have started to work structurally with urban brownfield sites4. This was not only because of the risks associated with these areas. 6 . deterioration of the quality of life. The redevelopment of inner city sites is as a rule costly because of the high land prices and the costs of removing soil contamination. but their location can have. 1.old town centres is generally quite small. spatially less well situated sites is generally less expensive. 2.

improvement). 1.elsewhere in the world. increasing density. The approach adopted has evolved considerably over the years. improvement). CiBoGa in Groningen (functional change. decision-making structure. There are also differences in the way policies in this field are shaped. improvement. The examples were chosen so as to achieve a geographical spread over the Netherlands and various provinces. namely: functional change. These examples were selected with regard to three processes as part of the transformation. The description focuses particularly on developments over the last ten years. The second step aims to describe three examples which illustrate the Dutch policy (as presented in the first step). etc.4 METHODOLOGY The first step of the study is to describe in both technical and organisational terms the Dutch policy framework for the development of urban brownfield sites. the details of policy and the financing of restructuring projects. In developing or redirecting policies in this field countries can learn from one another. De Wolfsdonken in 's-Hertogenbosch (functional change. 7 . administrative culture. The issues considered are the structure of Dutch policy. The present approach also provides for the interchange of experience between the various actors involved. The following three examples were selected: Céramique Maastricht (functional change. increasing density). during which there has been an upsurge of policy interest in urban regeneration. including that for related (sectoral) policy areas. At present it is characterised as an integrated approach with an eye for the diversity of actors involved and their interests. These projects are examples of innovative approaches taken in the Netherlands rather than being representative of redevelopment projects as a whole. Differences of this kind mean that policy with regard to the redevelopment of urban brownfield sites is not everywhere at the same level. the legal standards for the cleanup of contaminated land. bearing in mind the differences in historical background. There are considerable differences however in the approach depending on the instruments available and the actors involved. Some countries have already made considerable progress in developing policy in this area while others are still in an early stage. In the Netherlands large scale redevelopment has been taking place already for several decades.

is now as well supported by the environmental policy . The Supplement to the Fourth Policy Document on Spatial Planning (referred to as 'VINEX' VROM. EZ. 1997). the Ministry of Economic Affairs ('EZ') and the Ministry of the Interior ('BIZA') now also greatly contribute. the provinces and the municipalities have very different responsibilities and tasks. 1990). the Ministry of Housing. The main instruments are described below.1 National policy POLICY FRAMEWORK FOR URBAN REDEVELOPMENT Policy structure In solving problems related to urban brownfield sites in the Netherlands is chosen for an integrated approach. but also in a variety of financial schemes and implementation programmes. which originated from housing and spatial planning policy. The result is a veritable policy patchwork quilt. 'Space for the regions' (EZ. amongst others. Public Works and Water Management ('V&W'). 1989). LNV5. Their policies are set out in a number of policy documents. This helps foster integration in policy development and implementation. The main national policy guidelines relevant for urban brownfield sites are set out in: The policy document 'Housing in the 1990s' (VROM.2 2. 1995). Second Transport Structure Plan (V&W and VROM. V&W. Central government policy concerning the restructuring of towns is a matter for. The policy set out in the various policy documents is elaborated not only in further policy documents and legislation. Ministry of the Interior and Ministry of Finance). Urban regeneration policy. This means that efforts are made to produce a coherent solution drawing from various policy sectors and from different administrative levels. in which central government. many of which are drawn up jointly. 1993). Many of these instruments provide extra links between the various policy fields. but also in its implementation. Spatial Planning and the Environment ('VROM'). The National Environmental Policy Plan 3 (VROM. VINEX update (VROM and Ministry of General Affairs. Integration is therefore effected not only at the strategic policy-making level. The Ministry of Transport. 8 .

Enschede/Hengelo. Leeuwarden. Breda and Tilburg. (‘GSB’-policy) It aims among others on strengthening the economic structure and the vitality of the (larger) towns concerned. Leeuwarden. and by mixing these functions. As well as urban concentration. Urban restructuring seeks to achieve a greater differentiation of the quality of housing and work where the general well being is under pressure. Breda. employment. The Hague and Utrecht. urban regeneration stresses to create a good living and production environment. Groningen. These are locations designated by central government for the large-scale construction of new housing and. Utrecht. leisure and care. Urban regeneration goes beyond simply modifying the housing stock and the immediate (living) surroundings. Rotterdam. This policy aims at strengthening the role of these towns as service centre for the surrounding region by concentrating amenities and improving accessibility. Maastricht/Heerlen. Helmond. which originated mainly from the housing and economic departments. The Fourth Policy Document on Spatial Planning designated the following nodal towns: Amsterdam. The emphasis is on 'strengthening the strong'. work and recreational areas and service amenities in or as close as possible to larger towns. Enschede. During the 1990s this policy was widened into one of urban regeneration. not only physically but also socio-culturally and economically. In practical terms this has led to the designation of so-called 'VINEX' locations 6. Nature Management and Fisheries. In the late eighties spatial planning policy concerning urban development has been focused on 13 socalled nodal towns7. In recent years spatial planning policy has been aimed at such a development whereby the daily functional relationships in terms of living. Arnhem/ Nijmegen. Next to urban renewal the concept of urban restructuring is also important. working and care are able to operate at the level of the urban region. the policy aims to achieve also an mixing of functions and an increasing differentiation within functions. Almelo. 5 6 7 8 9 Ministry of Agriculture. The policy aim in developing urban regions is to locate new residential. working. The policy. The aim was to bring about the physical improvement of the built environment.Main policy elements The Netherlands formally launched its urban approach with the Urban and Rural Regeneration Act in 1985. The Hague. Leiden. Schiedam. Groningen. Zwolle. Maastricht. Formally its purpose was to eliminate the quality deficits of the residential. Eindhoven. Amsterdam. Deventer. production and living environments in the built up area from before 1970. It also involves the infrastructure. to a lesser extent. Tilburg. 's-Hertogenbosch. Nijmegen. Heerlen. commercial/industrial premises and recreational facilities. by utilising the existing assets in the field of housing. On behalf of maintaining and improving the spatial conditions needed to ensure the proper functioning of towns. In the mid-1990s the Ministry of the Interior devised a policy specifically to deal with the four largest8 and 21 medium-sized towns 9 in the Netherlands: the major cities policy. green spaces. Hengelo. Arnhem. Haarlem. 9 . economic activities and other neighbourhood facilities. was aimed at urban renewal. Rotterdam. Dordrecht. Eindhoven.

Dutch policy on urban brownfield sites is increasingly characterised by an integrated approach. Zwolle. The policy with regard to the soil is to achieve and maintain a sustainable soil quality. Many different sectors of government contribute to the urban regeneration and ‘GSB’ (larger towns) policy described above. The key project approach is designed to further the realisation of some (key) projects. The road chosen is projectwise accelerating and coordinating of decisionmaking on investment.tackling disadvantage and strengthening the social structure. The essence of the approach is that municipalities 10 Venlo. environmental. the City and Environment project looks at both sides. The ‘GSB’ policy is meant for the city as a whole. Within this policy concern is both for the relationship between investment in the physical and the social infrastructure and the relationship between urban renewal and well being and safety in towns. Within the framework of the second and third National Environmental Policy Plans. This theme involves site based approach aiming at prevention. The Dutch authorities have been pursuing an active environmental policy since the late 1980s. * Key projects (‘Sleutelprojecten’) The key projects approach was launched in 1988 as part of the central government policy implementation strategy. * City & Environment (‘Stad & Milieu’) Concentrating activities in cities has disadvantages as well as advantages10. infrastructure and the relevant environmental technology which are of strategic importance for the spatial development of the Netherlands. Key projects spatial development are specific investment projects for urban areas. Policy implementation As mentioned earlier. housing and economic policy. management and maintenance. aimed at creating a more sustainable development. The starting line of the project that under the primary responsibility of the local administration an excellent living and working climate in towns is created. traffic and transport. The main ones are summarised below. They contribute significantly to the implementation of major features of spatial planning. by way of a site oriented approach. For this purpose various programmes have been developed by the different policy sectors. 10 . This is referred to as the 'paradox of the compact city'. Contaminated land is one of the central themes of this policy.

The project seeks. Central government is currently in the process of renewing its soil contamination policy. environmental and housing quality at VINEX locations. if awarded model status. Objective is stressed the integration of spatial. * Stimulation programme Intensive Use of space VROM recently has formulated a new instrument to promote the efficient use of land. All is about innovative ideas capable of being used by other actors such as municipalities.get greater freedom and responsibility to assess integrally all assets and values concerned. in the daily practice the optimum integration of spatial planning and environmental policy with in mind (integral) implementation. by way of 24 experiments. The goal of this programme is the improvement of spatial quality by providing for spatial resources in cities to be used more intensively. market partners and designers and interest groups. Central in the project is the exchange of knowledge between central and local government. * Contaminated soil cleaning policy (‘BEVER' project) Urban brownfield sites in the Netherlands are characterised by various environmental problems. * Promoting policy synergy The project 'Quality on Site' stands for integrating the various qualities of urban areas. the so called Stimulation programme Intensive Use of space (‘StIR’). will qualify for central government subsidy. A special Experiment act provides the legal basis for departure from the statutory standards and procedures. These are intended to acquire ideas for implementing spatial policy as set forth in the Fourth Policy Document on Spatial Planning. In cases where the current environmental standards and procedures stand in the way of a good integrated assessment the municipalities are permitted to relax them in exceptional cases. The programme is directed not only at planning and implementation but also at support and building expertise amongst those involved in implementation. In spring 1998 public bodies and private organisations will be allowed to submit projects which. Six trends have been designated which form this policy renewal: integrated rather than sectoral approach. and applies only to the 24 experiments approved by the Minister. function-oriented rather than multifunctional clean-up. Soil contamination is generally the most severe problem. 11 . * Another tool by which central government policy is being implemented is the model plans of the National Spatial Planning Agency.

- process-oriented rather than project-oriented. This means that the ambition to restore the multifunctionality of the soil. In addition. as had hitherto been the objective. An important principle is “Doing locally what can be done locally”. The project Updating Instruments Noise policy (‘MIG’) is based upon a new steering philosophy. decentralised rather than centralised. private sector rather than public sector. 'new' means cases where there is as yet no approved municipal destination plan. hospitals etc. Policy on noise is set to change drastically in the near future. as a consequence of the Noise Nuisance Act strongly influenced. the government intends to take financial. the process of renewal policy in this field has led to the Cabinet decision to radically change the direction of policy on soil contamination to allow more sites to be cleaned-up more quickly.known as function-oriented remediation. This change of policy is intended to increase both the societal and the environmental benefits. * Policy on noise The Dutch Noise Nuisance Act distinguishes between industrial. in such cases is abandoned11. in which objectives set at all three administrative levels will play an important role. There are also different sets of standards for existing and new situations. In the future noise policy municipalities will 12 . To try to give a further impulse to market dynamics a change is considered to the adoption of a system of mixed financing. road. schools. For example offices and other businesses are not regarded as being noise-sensitive. The spatial rendering of inner city areas is. legal and fiscal measures which make it more attractive for the private sector to invest in remediation of contaminated land. sharing values rather than imposing values. In this context. The intention is that the remediation of land already contaminated from now on will be adapted to the future use of the soil . rail and aircraft noise. The Noise Nuisance Act regards noise sensitive functions such as houses. In certain areas certain functions may not be located. This will allow more rapid progress to be made in cleaning up contaminated land in an environmentally sound manner while keeping down the costs. To new situations apply more stringent standards than to existing situations. Mid-1997.

The provinces and the central government will set their own objectives. Small-scale construction within existing urban areas does not increase societal risk because this is assumed to be compensated by the reduction in mean household size. It is a general principle in Dutch environmental policy that measures should first be taken at the source. policy and standards for their own activities. Societal risk represents an estimate of the probability of a disaster occurring which might cause a given number of fatalities. * Policy on major hazard Policy with regard to major hazard requires that there should be a physical separation between sensitive functions and activities involving hazardous substances. The proposals lead to a more custom made and flexible approach and fit in with the pursuit of a more integrated environment policy. The intervention value is the concentration level in the soil above which there is a serious or potentially 11 12 A change in the law will be required to achieve this. Municipalities will themselves set their own limit values. The soil quality must be restored to its original (pre-1987) state. 13 .formulate their own noise objectives and decide on the measures needed to meet them. There are specific guidelines applying to certain categories of companies. which can differ for different areas. Municipalities assess whether the gain in environmental quality justifies the costs involved (the ALARA principle 12). When it came into force in 1987. this Act established a duty of care for the soil. ALARA = As Low As Reasonably Achievable. In 1994 new regulations were drawn up for cases of contaminated soil which already existed before the Soil Protection Act came into force (1 January 1987). These regulations provide a legal and financial framework for tackling severe and environmentally urgent cases of contaminated land. Only thereafter is effect mitigation appropriate. This risk can be reduced through zoning. Higher concentrations of nearby residents are associated with higher societal risk. Contamination is defined in a Ministerial Circular as severe if the intervention value is exceeded. The individual risk represents the probability of a fatality occurring at a given point due to a specific activity. Legal standards on clean-up of contaminated land The legal standards on the clean-up of contaminated land are laid down in the Soil Protection Act. Policy on major hazard makes use of two measures: individual risk and societal risk13. imposing a statutory clean-up requirement for contamination resulting from certain activities defined in the Act.

work. The government contribution will generally be directed towards increasing amenity and the attractiveness of the areas concerned as places to live.2 FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS Government grants for urban regeneration The investment costs needed for urban regeneration can largely be met out of the benefits it brings. The competent authority sets a term for the cleanup. the clean-up requirement remains. 13 14 15 16 That for individual risk is a strict value. the owner/leaseholder is responsible for the contaminated site. The Soil Protection Act provides that in a case of severe contamination. by means of an order. Control. The clean-up regulations make a clear distinction between cases where remediation is effected by the party concerned and where it is the authorities who have the work done. dependent on the degree of urgency involved14. These are generally linked to a particular characteristic or component of the project concerned16. Public Works and Water Management. given the present use of the land. For example the Intrafonds of the Ministry of Transport. If a case of contaminated land is not deemed to be in urgent need of clean-up. There are several government grants schemes to cover the shortfall in funding for redevelopment projects. In principle the party responsible for causing the contamination is liable for the costs of clean-up. Government policy is to leave it increasingly to the private sector to tackle urban areas. 2. The 'ICM criteria' (Isolate. Monitor) apply in such cases. Quality on Site. Programme to promote more intensive use of spatial resources. A decision in this regard is based on the present risks associated with the current level of contamination. but a deadline need not be set.serious impairment of the functional properties of the soil for humans. in accordance with the polluter pays principle. it will have a supporting rather than a lead role. whereas for societal risk it is advisory. It will no longer bear the brunt of the investment costs. A number of other specific sources of funding are also available. Many of these are associated with the various policy programmes mentioned above 15. the government will provide a safety net. do business and visit. In some of these cases. If this proves impossible. and the 14 . whether or not it is to be treated as environmentally urgent. the competent authority (usually the province) will indicate. temporary measures need to be taken to ensure that the contamination does not spread. For example: BELSTATO urban renewal fund (approximately NLG 800 million per year available over the period 1990-2005). for example because the responsible party cannot be traced. flora and fauna. however. Where the costs are not fully covered by the benefits. but even then.

for StiREA. the urban renewal fund. Many sectoral policy documents and programmes.e. The Soil Protection Act includes provisions relating to the costs of cleaning up contaminated land18. drawing up a remediation plan and carrying out the necessary measures (and who also bears the costs)19. The provinces are responsible for coordinating soil clean-up activities under the Soil Protection Act. who is responsible for investigating the problem. it is firstly the party who caused the contamination. A multiplicity of specific activities which strengthen the economic structure of cities would qualify for subsidies. In some cases it is a public body which caused the contamination or which owns the land. i. have already included provisions for the clean-up of contaminated land in their project cost estimates. the clean-up is assumed in principle to be the responsibility of the parties concerned. for example. Where a site is severely contaminated and is deemed to be environmentally urgent. Government grants for tackling contaminated land For several years the government's environmental policy has been directed towards 'external integration'. shared industrial premises and commercial property in deprived areas. location-related subsidies for housing and infrastructural investments. of which one-third for the four large cities. 'Room for Economic Activity' Incentive Scheme. The government will act as safety net and carry out the work itself only where the clean-up is not performed or funded by a third party and the case is environmentally urgent. A sum of NLG 3 million per project is available for restructuring and NLG 7.5 million for new projects. A single project can often obtain funding from a number of different financial schemes which relate to different aspects of the plan. This is the case. and which therefore has to bear the costs. A total of about NLG 500 million is available each year. and otherwise the owner/leaseholder. the government can resort to coercion. for example. A sum of NLG 75 million is available under StiREA over the period 1996-1999 for the Netherlands as a whole. 15 . In 17 18 19 VINEX covenants (approximately NLG 900 million budgeted for 1995-2005 for contaminated land). encouraging other policy sectors to accept greater responsibility for the environment and the costs associated with the environment. As mentioned earlier (section 2.1).Schemes such as StiREA17 and subsidies granted under the major cities policy are intended specifically to promote commercial activity in cities. If the party who caused the problem or the owner/leaseholder refuses to carry out the necessary remedial work. where relevant to sectoral development or implementation. such as the construction and revitalisation of industrial estates. Agreements in this regard have been made between industry and government for industrial sites currently in use.

subject to current priorities and the contributions made by other departments and private organisations. and to adapt it to local circumstances20.their soil clean-up programmes the provinces indicate which sites will be tackled from the government budget each year. and provided that the contamination involved is severe and environmentally urgent or has a high societal priority. area-specific policy. 2. A decision has been taken. It is acknowledged that local policy means more than simply implementing the policy determined by central government. to substantially increase public spending on contaminated land. The municipalities have a key role in this. such as spatial planning. The relationships between the various actors are also considered (who takes the ultimate decisions. municipalities can. This possibility is limited however. Municipalities are being given more latitude to implement national policy at the local level in an integrated manner. In order to resolve this problem. The public authorities At present the Dutch are engaged in further decentralisation and deregulation. Although this philosophy has not yet been fully applied in all areas of policy. However.). who has to consider whom and when. In practice this means that only urgent projects are tackled quickly under the Soil Protection Act. Policy is increasingly being developed at the level at which the problem is felt and can be solved. to be provided within the context of the Soil Protection Act. can be allocated integrally. Their job is to orchestrate and oversee the entire 20 This has long been the case in some policy fields. with the agreement of the province. the number of sites requiring clean-up far exceeds the available budget. Since the Town and Country Planning Act of 1962. within the context of the national soil clean-up policy. 'tailor-made policy'. The present policy on urban restructuring leaves the responsibility for implementation to the local parties. The interaction between policy-makers within the various administrative strata is becoming an increasing focus of attention. a shift can nevertheless be discerned towards what might be described as 'arms-length management'. tasks and responsibilities of the different actors involved in the redevelopment of urban brownfield sites. etc. start projects in advance of Soil Protection Act funds being made available if they cover the initial financing. These extra resources. municipal land-use plans have involved reconciling the interests of the 16 . Priorities for tackling sites based on environmental criteria often do not correspond with the desired planning for the development of urban brownfield sites. because no guarantees can be given in advance about the size of future budgets and grants. etc.3 ACTORS This section looks at the various roles.

Private sector The redevelopment of urban brownfield sites can involve many different private organisations. This cooperation. the environment. location policy. The sectors involved include housing. is fostered by the Town and Country Planning Act. potential investors are increasingly being involved early in the planning process. all those involved can bring their own interests. housing associations and the market to assume the roles expected in this process. spatial planning. intensive cross-sectoral cooperation between different policy departments is needed and is indeed occurring. there is a clear trend at different levels towards a more integrated approach to urban brownfield sites in the Netherlands. landowners. If the private sector is to be brought into a project. In practice. If the public authorities show confidence in a project by investing in it. have regard to the desires and interests of local residents and businesses and to monitor the relationship between the interventions being made and the development of the town or city and the surrounding area. to invest in the same neighbourhoods.process. Private companies look at a project in cost-benefit terms. which is crucially important in restructuring projects. The municipalities will also have to create the conditions which encourage the other parties. it is therefore important that the costs are reduced or that there are ways in which the return can be improved. e. When the government cooperates with the private sector on a redevelopment project. developers. various actors involved. 17 . private investors will be more inclined to follow. These parties will obviously have very different interests in relation to the redevelopment of the site. creativity and knowledge to bear to create a realistic and financially sound development which can count on the support of both public and private parties. investors. companies occupying or wishing to locate on the site. including transport companies. This means that within each level.g. As we have said. housing associations and other private bodies. Public investment should create a climate which induces others. which provides for relevant policy sectors to be formally involved in the development process. if the redevelopment is set about in an effective manner it can give rise to a process of self-regeneration which will automatically draw in other parties. economic affairs and transport infrastructure. They will only be interested in participating in a project if they think it has some market potential. and the way they participate in the process will also vary. so that they can help to control costs and/or maximise the potential return. etc. Furthermore.

contracts and covenants. The study is looking both at projects of national importance. 18 . residents. A study is currently being conducted of the various stages needed in the redevelopment process. A large-scale study by the ICES21 into private sector (user.Public-private partnerships of this kind are becoming increasingly common. There is a statutory requirement for some involvement of interested parties. and any interested natural or legal person in a relevant municipality. The Town and Country Planning Act provides for the involvement of local residents. and the various stages of the development process are often regulated through agreements. The thinking underlying this is that major projects of this kind demand funding on a scale too large for the relevant public authorities to bear on their own. The ICES study is also looking at the redevelopment of industrial sites in inner cities in view of the large number of sites and high costs involved22. and at major infrastructure on a local and regional scale. 21 22 Interdepartmental Committee for the Economic Structure. identifying the stages in which private sector involvement should be promoted. such as the siting of stations on the high-speed rail network and underground construction projects. Projects involving changes in and the development of urban areas can have differing consequences for the various stakeholders involved. when land-use plans are being prepared or revised. developer and financier) involvement in the development and use of major infrastructural projects will be completed very shortly. and the policy instruments which need to deployed to facilitate or increase private sector involvement. investor. workers and interest groups. Stakeholders Restructuring and revitalisation projects in the Netherlands increasingly seek the close involvement of at least the local business community.

20.1 Background History The Céramique site is situated at the edge of downtown Maastricht between the historic quarter of Wyck and the new Randwyck commercial centre. This time purchase could go ahead with the help of the ABP pension fund. Plans to buy it up and develop it came to nothing because of the high price of the land.000 m2 for catering and retail.3 3. On 10 June 1987 Sphinx gave the municipality the opportunity to purchase the entire site.000 m2 (gross floor area) offices and other establishments.1. based on the shared objective of a high-quality development of the site. 20. The development of the site will restore the relationship between these two areas. this site had been isolated from the rest of the city by high perimeter walls. which the municipality could not afford on its own. with three property developers. Since the middle of the last century this site of some 23 hectares had been the centre of the ceramics industry.400 parking spaces (the majority underground/covered). in consultation with the municipality. Until 1990 it was used by the company NV Koninklijke Sphinx. 4. Since the advent of the ceramics industry. For this and other reasons the site formed a physical barrier separating the outlying areas behind it and the old centre. 70.000 m2 for cultural and other non-commercial purposes. Right from the outset ABP indicated that it wished to be involved in the project. This is one of the reasons why the municipality of Maastricht has for some time been interested in the Céramique site. The last remaining divisions of this company relocated to other sites in the city in 1990. ABP therefore concluded contracts. Catalyst The area forms an important link between the districts of Wyck and Randwyck.000 m2 hotel accommodation. 19 . The building plans include the following: 1600 homes. 5.1 Case studies CERAMIQUE MAASTRICHT 3.

Work started on the plans in late 1991. whose proximity to the German and Belgian borders should be exploited. The project is one of the first urban regeneration projects to implement the thinking in the ViNo.2 Specifications Relation to policy and regulations The overall policy objective of the municipality of Maastricht is actively to enhance and strengthen the city of Maastricht by building on its specific characteristics and qualities.1. The South Limburg Structure Plan (formally adopted 19 February 1987) recognised 20 . and the scheme is expected to be completed around the year 2002. central government has largely confined its involvement to monitoring progress. The Ministry of Housing.5 billion has been spent over the last ten years on regeneration projects. Spatial Planning and the Environment designated the project a model project for public-private partnerships (PPP). So far. The development of the Céramique site is consistent with this objective. but should not be seen in isolation. and NLG 1. This site offers the opportunity to develop a new. In physical terms this is one of the final large-scale stages in the process of regenerating the inner city and Maastricht as a whole. high-quality district in the heart of Maastricht in a broad and forwardlooking context. which will have a major knock-on effect for Maastricht and the surrounding area. a market hall and various traffic access schemes. The municipality has been actively pursuing a policy of urban regeneration for the last 20 to 30 years. introduced to allow central government to develop its policy in a project context.In addition a number of supra-local facilities will be built. 3. with the aim of fostering the development of public-private partnerships for urban regeneration projects. The plans will permit some of this potential to be realised. The development of the Céramique site accords well with the objectives of the Fourth Policy Document on Spatial Planning (the 'ViNo'). which designated Maastricht (with a complementary role for Heerlen) as one of the urban nodes outside of the Randstad conurbation in the West of the Netherlands with excellent economic potential. such as a bridge over the river Maas for pedestrians and cyclists. A number of sub-projects have now been completed or are in progress. The PPP model projects were subsequently incorporated into the so-called 'key project approach'. Potential There is growing national and international interest in the potential of Maastricht as a residential and economic centre.

It is the most complex component of the project. The province contributed NLG 15 million from a budget for supraregional infrastructural projects established under the Memorandum on the Prospects for South Limburg23.1. restored buildings of historical interest such as fortifications dating from the 14th and 16th centuries and a director's residence.3 Description Legal The formula chosen for the development and realisation of the project was one of public-private partnership between ABP and the municipality of Maastricht. including the Eastern abutment of the Céramique bridge with the necessary walkways and stairways and a pedestrian's route to Wyck. shops and car-parks. This complex is situated on the North side of the Céramique site. 23 24 These funds were earmarked to help finance the restructuring of South Limburg following the closure of the coal mines. The award of this subsidy was conditional on the municipality and the province presenting it jointly. The Ministry of the Interior made a contribution of NLG 11 million to the public component of the Northern complex in the framework of the 1994 employment initiative. former workshops to be converted into a theatre. homes. 21 . with major ramifications for supraregional development. The province also commissioned a new site for the Bonnefanten Museum. agreements relating to the legal aspects of the project. international activity centre with facilities for international organisations and a European information centre. 3. The main features of this partnership are as follows: acquisition of the necessary land and premises.the crucial importance of this site for the city. referring to it as a key element. Funding Central government has allocated NLG 20 million to the project under a scheme for subsidising largescale construction projects. directly adjacent to Wyck. and is related to the status of the project as a model PPP project. and forming a single indivisible construction sub-project in technical and financial terms 24. The Northern complex comprises the following elements: municipal library/archives. infrastructure. demanding an integrated approach to ensure that the desired quality is achieved. offices.

Since the contamination in the soil has virtually no public health or environmental implications. and cannot leach out. The precise basis on which the risks are apportioned was clearly specified in the 1994 protocol to the original agreement. The agreement on cooperation was amended in 1994 by means of a protocol which dealt with matters such as the planning and scheduling. The municipality of Maastricht has initially contributed NLG 19 million towards the realisation of the project. These heavy metals are bound to the glazing. it did not fall formally within the purview of the Soil Cleanup (Interim Measures) Act25. adopted at the end of 1989 and approved by the province of Limburg in June 1990. Finance and risk The entire project is worth NLG 900 million. 22 . so that no heavy metal contamination of the groundwater has occurred. laying the necessary building site infrastructure. The amendment was designed to ensure that the buildings were realised within the desired quality specifications. however. As a result. The glazing of the fragments contains heavy metals.- establishment of the financial framework for the exploitation of the site. which will be responsible for financing the exploitation of the building site. agreements on the apportionment of risks and responsibilities. the development and realisation of the various project modules and quality. The land was acquired by ABP. The financial risks associated with the Céramique project are being shared by the two parties. and resulted in a substantial acceleration in the rate of progress. A further NLG 50 million will be forthcoming for the construction of the library/municipal buildings. the site was not included in the provincial programme for the remediation of contaminated land. however. The approach adopted nevertheless adhered to the guidelines laid down in this Act. execution of the construction work. The land-use plan incorporates a certain flexibility in order to allow for economic and social developments which may occur at any time during the process. Clean-up procedures and standards The surface of the Céramique site consisted of a mixture of ceramic fragments and soil. Responsibility for the clean-up rested with the municipality. The development of the land is regulated by a land-use plan.

Multifunctionality. A strong relationship has consciously been established between the planning and specifications on one hand and their actual realisation in the design on the other.40 metres in depth would be laid on public spaces. An 'after-care' plan has also been developed which considers what needs to be done in the event of the future development of the site (with regard to the buffer layer and the presence of slightly contaminated soil). The development will also help to strengthen the economic position of both the existing shops in Wyck and the new Randwyck commercial centre. This was reinforced by the early appointment of a supervisor with both urban planning and architectural expertise. In addition. density and quality The development of the Céramique site will contribute to a more intensive use of the spatial resources of the city. an architectural approach has been adopted in which the overall concept in particular is important. An information centre was set up on the Céramique site and detailed news-sheets were produced to keep the community abreast of developments during the process. 23 . The site will combine various different functions (see programme). A layer of clean soil 1.A function-oriented approach was adopted for the remedial work. 25 Part of the scheme for tackling contaminated land added to the Soil Protection Act in 1994. Economic regeneration The development of new economic activity on the site will create new jobs. The relevant comments from the consultation exercise were taken on board in the land-use plan. The soil under buildings and car-parks is remediated to an acceptable level which safeguards public health. This overall concept must address and resolve both structural and spatial issues. The principle was to ensure the presence of a buffer layer between the contaminated soil and human activity. residents were able to take advantage of their right to make their views known in the statutory consultation on the land-use plan. Community involvement Information evenings were held for those living in Maastricht at an early stage in the planning procedure. Integrated approach In developing the Céramique site.

New policy approach In developing the Céramique site. Rather than choose the normal project development route. An overblown project organisation with politicians and officials from a whole range of different disciplines was shunned in favour of a small core group of representatives and officials. The sum reserved in the development budget for this purpose was only NLG 5 million. ABP was approached to take an active role right away in the planning process as the ultimate investor 26. thus restoring the relationship between the two districts at an early stage in the project. a fast-track procedure was adopted with short lines of decisionmaking. This method provided the best possible guarantee that the plans would be brought to a successful conclusion.1. This led to a deadlock which was resolved when the municipality made landfill facilities available. it was possible to reduce the costs somewhat. One of the first elements of the plan to be realised was the Avenue Céramique. The company did not meet its obligations in this regard. Remediation costs eventually rose to NLG f 10 . By providing a landfill the municipality discharged its part of the liability. 26 ABP then itself entered into contracts with three property developers for the execution of the building work. Sphinx was liable for a contribution of up to NLG 2 million and also for making landfill facilities available. despite the fact that the development still had a long way to go. By treating/excavating the non-chemically contaminated soil from the site and using it as a cover/separation layer in the municipal landfill site.4 Results Current status The Céramique project is currently in full swing.15 million. A proper mandate for the parties and good contact were decisive factors in the speed of the decision-making process. This also provided the opportunity to convince investors and local residents early on that the development would be of high quality. which connects Randwyck with Wyck and the city centre. In the event of this figure being exceeded. The soil clean-up programme has already been completed. This initial investment in public infrastructure ensured that the Céramique site was immediately integrated into the city. Many of the subprojects have now been completed or are in progress. partly due to the general rise in the costs of disposing of contaminated soil. 3. This clearly enhanced the willingness of the private sector to invest in the area. 24 . however. The agreement stipulated that ABP and the municipality would be jointly liable for any excess costs.

Other lessons learned from the project are: Early investment in public infrastructure helps to generate support in the community and boosts investment by the private sector. Opting for a rapid procedure and short lines of decision-making produced good results. the intermixing of different functions. based on a long-term vision and long-term agreement. its innovative approach to a large construction project. energy and creativity are needed to convert the intention to work with private enterprise on an urban development and regeneration project into binding contractual obligations on how it is to be implemented. It is not yet possible to make an evaluation of the comprehensive. as not all the elements have yet been completed. It was eventually possible to draw up contracts which adequately formulated the agreed quality standards and guarantees necessary for the actual execution of the overall project. the fast-track planning process. definitive plan. Comprehensive external communications on the part of the municipality helps to ensure the sustained support of politicians and the community for the plan. The factors which appeared to be decisive in ensuring rapid decision-making were that the parties were properly mandated and that good contacts were maintained between the parties involved. the high quality of the homes.Evaluation and assessment Considerable determination. The Céramique project was one of the very few such projects in the Netherlands at that time which succeeded. Lessons for the future The Céramique project is acting as a national demonstration project in relation to: partnership with private enterprise. 3. This support is indispensable for a plan of this magnitude. Contingency planning early on in the planning process before the contract phase can help to avert unanticipated setbacks. offices and infrastructure.2 CIBOGA GRONINGEN 25 .

3. After the site had lost its function part of it came into the possession of the expanding University Hospital and the University. The planning process attempted to bring all these 26 . CiBoGa could form an important link between the inner city and the suburbs in the northeast of the city and between the University Hospital and the Hortusbuurt neighbourhood. it became a kind of buffer between the old city and the new residential neighbourhoods. occupying a total of some 14 hectares. Property developers. the city's largest employers. it formed a broad wasteland containing only the gasworks. a park which forms a green lung in the inner city. The site is situated centrally amongst various residential districts and runs along the Noorderplantsoen. As a result of its former function the gasworks site is severely contaminated. With the advent of natural gas in the 1960s. had long blighted the neighbourhood and the local business climate. The Circus ground. investors and housing associations had already been showing interest in the area for some time. Boden and the Gasworks (hence CiBoGa). occupying the most northerly part of the plan area. This area. The area was never developed. After the walls were demolished over a century ago. The area forms part of the former fortified city walls of Groningen. In consequence. was (and still is) basically a parking area. production was discontinued. but was used twice a year as a fairground and circus. Most of the CiBoGa site was occupied by the gasworks which had been there since 1853.1 Background History The Ciboga site to the northeast of Groningen city centre actually consists of three separate sites abutting on one another: the Circus ground. the University Hospital and Groningen University. Because construction was not continued at this site. The Boden site acquired its present form when the Korreweg and Oosterpark estates were laid out in the 1920s and 1930s. Catalyst CiBoGa is the last major inner city site at which inner city housing can be realised in accordance with the VINEX targets for Groningen. It is within walking distance of many of the main features and facilities of the city. which had lain derelict or seen only makeshift use. Between 1940 and 1970 the area was used as a storage depot for goods destined for the central part of the city. local residents and businesses were keen to consider how the area could best be developed. The area is also close to three major centres of employment: the city centre area.2.

Even the more heavily burdened sites which were ignored for 27 . The fact that the site lies within the city limits means that its development can help to reduce car-use.000 m2.different parties together. Potential The development of CiBoGa will have major knock-on effects on neighbouring areas. Special attention will be given to ecology. The clean-up operation will begin in October. Apart from its contaminated soil the environmental quality of the CiBoGa is good for a city-centre location.e. The influx of new residents will also increase demand for local facilities in the northeastern part of Groningen. the integration of the new and the old. energy and waste collection. The draft urban development plan also reserves 20. The question of whether it is possible to satisfy this need is currently being studied. intended for functions linked to the University Hospital.000 m2 for offices and commercial space. It is seeking to meet 40% of the VINEX target (i.2. 7000 homes) within the existing city limits. sustainable building using new forms of construction. The space available for this purpose is limited and must be used optimally. The CiBoGa site will also have a strategic significance in relation to the city centre. The object is to create a sustainable district with restricted car-use and good spatial quality. The emphasis will be on compact construction (an average of 70 homes/hectare). two supermarkets (3000 m2) and 6000 m2 of large-scale retail facilities. making an integrated approach possible. 3. 1300 underground parking places (of which only 500 will be residential). New opportunities will be created for the present west-side shopping centre. with large-scale retail facilities and car parking for the city centre. During the consultation exercise it transpired that this space will not be sufficient: the hospital will need 50. It is important that this environmental quality should be preserved and further enhanced with the development of the site. giving the go-ahead for the construction of the new CiBoGa district. The area has been designated as the north eastern access zone. CiBoGa has enough space for over 900 homes.2 Specifications Relation to policy and regulations The policy of the City of Groningen is to increase its urban density. In early 1998 the minister of VROM signed a covenant on the clean-up of the soil. in particular commuter traffic. and flexible buildings and public spaces.

3 Description Legal A study phase was inaugurated on the basis of a declaration of intent made between the municipality of Groningen and the private sector participants. Funding VROM contributed NLG 200. the municipality was able to draw on both the Soil Protection Act budget (NLG 10 million) and project funds established under the Act (NLG 12. This was a result of the chosen strategy of taking an integrated approach to the quality options and shortening the development period. The municipality was also able to avail itself of subsidies totalling NLG 25 million from various schemes for the above-ground development of the CiBoGa site. The CiBoGa site fulfils these requirements admirably. The objective is to contain the growth of car traffic to no more than 30% by 2010. Since the development involves compact housing at an urban location with excellent public transport access.000 towards the costs of preparing the project in the framework of the VINEX project 'Quality on Site'. the ecological aspirations and the difficult inner city situation interface well with the 'Stad & Milieu' objectives. which might be applicable in other cases. Various studies were carried out to formulate the 28 . The CiBoGa development is also one of the national projects that form part of the 'Stad & Milieu' programme. objectives relating to sustainable development. 3. The conjunction of above-ground and underground development. The favourable position of the CiBoGa site should help to limit car-use. The province itself contributed NLG 1. in 1990 the area was designated a model project within the framework of the Second Transport Structure Plan. The sites concerned are suitable for intensive construction and presently house a range of different functions.5 million).years are now being given priority.4 million. As far as soil remediation costs are concerned.2. Groningen also has a progressive transport policy. In 1995 the project was further designated a 'synergy project' under the VINEX 'Quality on Site' project.

9 million towards this total. The CiBoGa plans cannot be accommodated within the existing land-use plans for the area. With the adoption of the plan the agreement came to an end. were willing to invest. an agreement on future cooperation will be submitted to the Council. corresponding to the statutory municipal contribution of 10% of the estimated total clean-up costs at the time of NLG 70 million (excluding value-added tax). which with accrued interest now amounts to NLG 9 million. A preparatory decision has been taken and the revision will be completed by the middle of the year. When a decision comes to be taken on the draft plan. This brought the total costs for clean-up for the entire CiBoGa site down to NLG 49. Rehabilitation and development would only be possible if both the municipality and the province. The market will make a substantial contribution of NLG 5 million by accepting a higher land price. within the foreseeable future.4 million. The municipality will itself contribute NLG 11. in consultation with the provincial soil remediation team.8 million. VROM indicated that it would not be able. This amount. As mentioned earlier. to reduce overall clean-up costs for the former gasworks site to NLG 31. the rest of the costs will be met by central government grants under the Soil Protection Act and a grant from the province of Groningen. The parties involved in developing the CiBoGa site are determined that the financial burden imposed 29 . is also to be used to help defray the soil clean-up costs. Financing and risks At the beginning of the project the province and municipality appeared to be facing soil clean-up costs for the site of the former gasworks of about NLG 80 million. to provide any financial support to the municipality and the province. The studies resulted in a draft urban development plan. The 1993 contract governing this transaction provided for a sum of NLG 7 million. to be set aside.objectives and identify the constraints and relevant issues for the CiBoGa development. the sites and buildings remained the property of the municipality of Groningen. in which the cooperating parties will present their responsibilities. When the Groningen Drenthe Energy Company acquired the municipal energy company. and if possible the open market and the energy sector. By recalculating on present prices and by means of ingenious planning which integrated the soil remediation work and preparatory sitework prior to construction the CiBoGa team was able. working methods and organisation. which will therefore have to be revised.

Cordes is heavily contaminated with lead and. chromium. These sites do not qualify for subsidies under the Soil Protection Act scheme. The gasworks site is severely contaminated. and will have to be dealt with by the municipality itself. A more balanced distribution of the costs between the various parties was secured by swapping costs between underground and above-ground work. This allowed nearby residents and the business community to make their contribution to the planning process. The Circus and Boden sites are contaminated with PAH and mineral oil. The clean-up operation will be kept as lean and efficient as possible so as to save costs. The development of the integrated plan for the area is heavily influenced by the magnitude of the contamination at the former gasworks site. Clean-up procedures and standards Within the CiBoGa boundaries there are four sites which are subject to the Soil Protection Act: the gasworks site. mainly involving PAH and mineral oil. both in the area itself and in adjacent areas. 30 .by the need to clean up the soil should not jeopardise the high quality planned for the development. The groundwater here is slightly to moderately contaminated locally with C3 and C4 benzene isomers. Almost half of these costs will be met by receipts from the sale of the land. The groundwater is severely contaminated by benzene and cyanide. In addition. zinc and copper. the Boden site and Cordes. the Circus site.5 million to the above-ground developments. panels of residents and business people were set up at an early stage at city district level to provide a forum for structured discussion. the municipality will contribute NLG 32. by co-financing and by phasing the work. particularly by PAH (tar) and cyanide. to a lesser extent. A decision was taken to integrate the soil clean-up with the construction activities. The investment of NLG 110 million should help guarantee this quality. Community involvement Special attention is being paid in the project to arranging contacts with residents and the business community. reflecting their particular positions. and the groundwater under both these sites is contaminated with PAH. The lead content is related to the quantities of rubble in the soil. An open planning procedure was adopted for this purpose. Apart from the four Soil Protection Act cases there are several other contaminated sites within the plan area. By way of an experiment. with above-ground and underground structures being coordinated on an ongoing basis with the plans for cleaning up the soil. mineral oil and aromatics.

subject to a number of rules. These panels were given the opportunity to work alongside the professionals involved in the project. In developing the CiBoGa site.5 metres. Underground car-parks will be built in those places where the soil is most contaminated. 31 . panels were set up during the investigation period. and these will form buffers between the housing and the deep residual contamination. an open planning procedure was adopted in which all the relevant parties participated. Integrated approach The municipality of Groningen has developed an integrated plan in which the above-ground and underground redevelopment of the CiBoGa site is linked to the soil clean-up operations. New policy approach In order to build a wide support base for the CiBoGa project. retail outlets and offices/commercial space. The development mainly involves the construction of housing. Building on this inner city site will also bring about a further consolidation of the inner city urban fabric. Slightly contaminated soil can be re-used and heavily contaminated soil can be removed and cleaned. the objective is to achieve a high construction density (an average of 70 homes per hectare) and good environmental and spatial quality. There is therefore a certain intermixing of functions. This will eliminate any risk to the residents and also reduce remediation costs. In order to increase public involvement. Economic development/ Multifunctionality.The open planning procedure preceded the formal consultations required by the Town and Country Planning Act. Central government was also involved in the planning through the 'Quality on Site' project. density and quality The CiBoGa site is expected to breathe new economic life into the nearby shopping centre as well as the city centre. with residents and business persons from the surrounding neighbourhoods participating in a personal capacity. Contaminated water will be purified. In places where the walls of the underground car-park are laid the contaminated soil will be excavated to a depth of 3. The statutory basis for this was provided by a Consultation Ordinance enacted by the municipality of Groningen. combined with car parks.

Evaluation and assessment Many different parties were involved in the development of the plan. evaluation and assessment would be as yet premature.3 DE WOLFSDONKEN 'S-HERTOGENBOSCH 3.but also provided for the development of a sustainable neighbourhood of high spatial quality. Compact housing with excellent access to public transport allows a car-restricted neighbourhood to be created.1 Background History De Wolfsdonken is an obsolete industrial estate which lies to the west of the centre of 's-Hertogenbosch. Since the execution of the plan has yet to be started. Before work starts on cleaning up the soil. This resulted in a plan of high quality which not only devised an integrated solution to the main obstacle which had thwarted the development of the area for years .3. 3.3. 32 .2. The willingness of the various stakeholders to contribute to the development of the area made an integrated approach possible. however. an integrated plan will first be drawn up in order to ensure good coordination between these clean-up activities and the further development of the area. The presence of serious contamination in the soil does not have to frustrate the achievement of a high environmental quality. with restricted car access. The estate occupies an area of some 20 hectares. Lessons for the future Considerable cost savings can be made by taking an integrated approach to soil clean-up and site development.4 Results Current status The preparatory work has now been completed and work will commence shortly. and is very mixed in character.the contamination of the soil . An open planning process increases support for the project and helps to enhance the overall quality of the area.

both small and large. The city has developed as a commercial and service centre. To its west a concentration of educational establishments occupies the site of a former sports complex. Present ideas are that the latter will be made up of social facilities and/or urban facilities and/or enterprises offering employment. The 'urban facilities' would probably consist of training centres. The Railway District is being transformed from an industrial estate into an area of mixed functions. The plan also provides for 450 homes and a park.000 m2 of office and similar space. noise nuisance.000 m2 for educational establishments. The land-use plan provides for 70. 200. The investments for the area as a whole total NLG 1. depending on specific designs and market forces. in terms both of 27 28 The Utrecht-Eindhoven and Tilburg-Nijmegen line. a conference centre. Between 700 and 1250 homes will be built. The site is also exposed to contaminated soil and groundwater. an area where restructuring started in the mid-1990s. The area has a capacity of some 200. The low intensity of usage at the site is underscored by the presence of the burnt-out buildings belonging to one of the companies.000 to 250.000 m2 of office and similar space. hotels and catering establishments.5 billion for new buildings and NLG 350 million for road and rail infrastructure and public spaces. the area has a forsaken feel about it. The centre of 's-Hertogenbosch has grown considerably. Catalyst De Wolfsdonken adjoins a railway track27 and the Central Station. The programme consists of at least one-third of the floor area for housing. and is within walking distance of the city centre. and forms the intersection of the north-south links with the towns of North Brabant. odours and major hazard.containing modern and outdated businesses. It forms part of the 'Railway District' in 's-Hertogenbosch. a district hospital with 800 beds and a new station.000 m2 29. An academy of art is also located on the site. including 2500 to 3000 homes. which is being completely redeveloped (and is partially completed) 28. offices and educational facilities. 65. De Wolfsdonken is strategically situated within the existing city of 's-Hertogenbosch and can be readily accessed both by public transport and by car. Arising from the desire of the municipality "to extend the city centre onto the other side of the tracks". Potential 's-Hertogenbosch is strategically situated within the southern flank of the ring of cities in the central part of the Netherlands. A concentration and mixing of functions on this site will contribute to its sustainable development. one-third for businesses offering employment and one-third to be determined later. The redevelopment of De Wolfsdonken will start in 1998 and will last six to ten years. Overall. the De Wolfsdonken industrial estate will also undergo a radical restructuring and functional renewal. To the south former barracks are being transformed into an area containing housing. the first of which will be completed around the year 2000. 33 . To the north of De Wolfsdonken lies 'La Gare'.

In 1993 a plan for the De Wolfsdonken industrial estate intended to serve as a model exemplifying particular aspects of location policy was issued32. Funding The move of the law courts into a neighbouring area will contribute indirectly but significantly to De Wolfsdonken. Otherwise. intended to generate ideas for developing different aspects of spatial policy. so it was decided to draw up a new land-use plan for De Wolfsdonken. bus. and will shortly be occupied. 3. allowing it to relieve some of the pressure on the centre. February 1998. New law-courts were recently completed. cars and bicycles converge. thereby fulfilling the first policy objective for the development of De Wolfsdonken. The development of De Wolfsdonken follows on logically from these earlier developments. 27 March 1946. The municipality recently 31 issued a first draft of the new plan. Urban regeneration will have the effect of making this formerly peripheral district 'on the wrong side of the tracks' part of the city centre. 34 31 32 . The completely new station has a new entrance and a new footbridge. The station has been modified to accommodate evolving requirements. no major state funding was available for the project33. and will give a major impulse to the development of the area.3.3 29 30 Description Excluding facilities constructed for cars .3. approved by the North Brabant provincial executive. Plan for extending city by sections. Discussions are currently being held with the province about applying for central government cofinancing of the costs of cleaning up the site in so far as they cannot be recovered from former owners. A partial revision affecting the western section was adopted by the municipal council on 13 December 1954. The Fourth Policy Document on Spatial Planning provides for the drawing up of these model plans.2 Specifications Relation to policy and regulations The current land-use plans covering the area are somewhat outdated30. and now forms part of an integrated transport interchange where train. 3. The purpose of this plan was to curb the growth in car use.population and jobs.

It was established through two devices: a Public-Private Cooperation (PPC). The discussions between the authorities and the private parties culminated in three formal agreements: a declaration of intent. A small area is severely contaminated. The groundwater is in part severely contaminated with volatile organic compounds. and a Public-Private Partnership (PPP). The costs must be recovered where possible from the polluter and/or the owner. An integrated approach will have to be taken to cleaning up the groundwater of De Wolfsdonken and the surrounding area. PAH and mineral oil. The site clean-up investigation has already been completed. The redevelopment process was only made possible by the fact that an integrated plan was drawn up for the area. A closed soil balance is proposed whereby the slightly contaminated soil excavated during the building work will be used for terracing work elsewhere on the site. It will involve cleaning up hot spots and preventing the further spread of contamination. and the soil there will probably be removed. A development corporation was set up.Legal The plan was formally adopted as a land-use plan. 35 . 33 Because 's-Hertogenbosch has not been designated a 'nodal town'. a cooperation agreement and an area development agreement. Financing and risks The cooperation with the private sector proved to be very important. if it is in its possession. Clean-up procedures and standards The soil is slightly to severely contaminated by heavy metals. Following the site investigation. Both these forms of cooperation were formalised in declarations of intent. ideas have developed about how the clean-up should be tackled. whereby the private sector and the municipality bear the risks and erect the buildings jointly. In view of the severity of the contamination the methods to be used must be approved by the province. and locally with mineral oil. The development of 'costly' plots could be offset by the development of 'cheap' plots. in which the private sector bears the risks and erects the buildings. In the case of a PPC the parties pay 8% of the expected receipts from the land to the 'major works' fund. and takes care of the planning procedures. cooperation agreements and development agreements. In both cases the municipality sells the land. and will take several years. The contamination needs to be dealt with in accordance with the Soil Protection Act because it falls within the severe and urgent category. Contaminated groundwater has also migrated into neighbouring areas.

etc. but were novel at the time (early 1990s). The spatial plan was only drawn up after the environmental problems had been assessed. New policy approach The process-oriented approach and the direct cooperation with the private sector were crucial to the success of the project. social amenities. Other community involvement in the development of De Wolfsdonken is provided for in the spatial planning procedures (in particular those relating to consultation). Various different functions will be combined in the area. a declaration of intent was drawn up. Multifunctionality. in both technical and procedural terms. thus boosting the local economy. housing. This permitted the development of De Wolfsdonken and the wishes of the various parties concerned to be properly coordinated. offices. procedure and content proceeded in tandem. Those with a direct interest in the planning are the nearby businesses. density and quality One of the key concepts in developing the area is to increase the urban density. urban facilities. financiers and the municipality. During the project development. A master plan was then drafted and a feasibility study carried out. The master plan consists 36 . including industry.Community involvement The plan area is virtually uninhabited. Economic development One of the aims in developing De Wolfsdonken is to increase the concentration of employment. partly by intermixing functions. Integrated approach An integrated approach was taken in developing De Wolfsdonken. and discussions were held with them. allowing it to be optimally integrated into its wider setting. The development of De Wolfsdonken will form part of the development of the Railway District as a whole. After an initial exploratory phase involving discussions between developers. This allowed environmental considerations to be fully integrated into the planning of the development.

g. since any loss in exploiting the land can be offset by the return on the buildings. based on urban planning principles.3. The draft landuse plan is the first step in the actual implementation of the project. contractually regulated. residents and other stakeholders. Spread of risk through PPP device.4 Results Current status The preparatory work was completed with the signing of the cooperation agreement. evaluation and assessment would be premature at this stage. e. The municipality would not have been able to embark on a project of this magnitude without private sector participation. Support and enthusiasm on the part of the administration are indispensable. etc. The master plan was developed into a draft land-use plan. This was the point at which the partners were able to take a decision to continue their cooperation. Cooperation with fixed partners. Spreading risk between a number of parties opens up many opportunities. Good communications with the administration. 3. Linking the exploitation of the land and the buildings permitted greater risks to be taken. Lessons for the future Joint planning or consent by municipality and private sector. central government funding: self-reliant.of scenarios for the physical and functional development. The municipality must demonstrate its willingness to invest. The feasibility study gave an idea of the project's financial viability. Not dependent on external subsidies. Evaluation and assessment Since the execution of the plan has yet to be started. environmental considerations. 37 .

4. Policy is elaborated not only in various secondary policy documents. the provinces and the municipalities have very different responsibilities and tasks.4 4. The three case studies illustrate this shift in vision and approach. In the approach adopted there has been over the years a strong development. and. They show how in a creative way redevelopment can be undertaken with quality-of-life and affordability as paramount concerns. implementation programmes. The Netherlands are currently in a phase in which these implementation instruments. economic and environmental aspects. Early on a relatively piecemeal sectoral approach was en vogue. The cooperation of the municipality with the private sector should be as much as possible be fixed in 38 . legislation. an integrated approach becomes possible. Soon the need became evident for greater coherence in and coordination of the range of policies aimed at redevelopment. the unity in policy is (ever) increasing. An open planning process is a good way of doing this. In this process there is an open eye for integration of contents (different policy fields) but also of procedures (coordination of the interests of the various levels of government. the private sector and the public) and between content and procedures. joint or not. The result is a veritable policy patchwork quilt. Since then. Because it has become increasingly common for the policy documents which deal with the development of urban brownfield sites to be drafted jointly by different departments and in dialogue with the other actors involved.2 LESSONS FROM THE CASE STUDIES Planning process In urban redevelopment projects it is important that the municipality cooperates with the various parties involved.1 Summary and conclusions MAIN POLICY ASPECTS The redevelopment of derelict land has been on the political agenda of the public authorities in the Netherlands for decades because of among others the long planning tradition in the Netherlands and the relative pressure on urban space. financial schemes. If the various stakeholders are willing to participate in the development of the area concerned. efforts are being made to produce a coherent contribution from the various policy approaches and from the different administrative levels. after having been tried in real life situation. in which central government. stressing the physical environment not relating social. are being made more suitable for an integrated approach.

Planning Urban brownfield sites are often ‘famous’ because of severe soil contamination. Other specific action by the authorities. Such collaboration needs to be statutorily arrangement. The development of inner city sites can considerably contribute to the quality of the immediate urban areas. For the redevelopment of these areas collaboration between the municipality and the private sector is often essential because it leads to risk sharing. In order to expedite the decision-making process. before the signing of contracts. These schemes should first be seen as secundary funding only. Support To be able to implement large-scale projects of this kind is support of political parties and the general public of utmost importance. 39 . By incorporating ‘bad weather’-scenarios in an early stage of the planning process it becomes possible up to a certain extent to foresee and avert. economic and/or spatial quality. Risks There are considerable risks associated with (large-scale) inner-city redevelopment. This need not necessarily thwart area development. Generally speaking municipalities are unable to bear the costs on their own. unanticipated setbacks and thus limit risk. It is not wise to make the development of an area totally dependent on external subsidies of this kind.(written) contracts. When the soil clean up and the site development are embarked upon integrally this can lead to considerable savings. (main) investors are often ready to follow. however. The government has in recent years established a number of financial schemes to help fund inner-city redevelopment projects. Support can be created through vast external communication. When the government shows itself willing to invest. Linking land and building exploitation may as well help to limit risks in such a way that losses in land exploitation can be offset by positive returns on the buildings. Next to that prior investment in (quality of) public space can also assist in this process by providing an early image of the future quality of the proposed developments. in the field of environmental. for instance designation as a model project by central government and/or initial investment by the municipality can give impulses to further investment. By using an integrated approach of the development(s) additional benefits can be gained. it is important that the participants be properly mandated and that good contacts be maintained between the parties involved.

J. H. Wouters Project bureau (Project Manager) Project bureau Groningen municipality (CiBoGa): Ms. M.Appendix LIST OF CONTACT PERSONS Maastricht municipality (Céramique): Mr. Daalderop Spatial Planning and Town Planning Department 40 . Notten Mr. Peuscher Spatial Planning and Economic Affairs Department (Project Secretary) 's-Hertogenbosch municipality (De Wolfsdonken): Mr. L.

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