Topic of the practice
Climate mitigation and citizen engagement
Good Practice Information
Mitte Altona, with about 75 hectares, is the second-largest inner-city urban development scheme of Hamburg. It concerns converting land previously used by railway lines. Since this new site is situated between areas, numerous stakeholders have been involved in the project development process from very early on. Open and proactive stakeholder involvement was considered crucial to the success of the project. Different forms of participation were considered. City officials hold public meetings, such as information events or workshops, on a regular basis within the development area. These meetings are held in an information centre established for this reason in 2011. In addition, also in 2011, an advisory board was elected consisting of residents, local businesses, joint building ventures, local initiatives, cultural institutions and others.
Evidence of success
The Mitte Altona participation process led to the critical review of planning targets and further development of thematic focuses (request for a neighbourhood management office, integration of the inclusion theme into the planning process, car-independent housing). However, it's too early to determine if the Mitte Altona participation process will influence strategies and decisions at city level.
Contact details to obtain further information on the practice
Ministry of Urban Development and Environment
Annex completed on: 11-27-2014