Spatial-Economic vision for Schiphol Region, Holland

An example of the implementation phase for large scale urban design.

Delivering a strategic vision

The City of Amsterdam, Municipality of Haarlemmermeer, the Province of Noord-Holland and the Schiphol Group (airport operator) were concerned that they were not sufficiently capitalising on the benefits of the airport because of a lack of joint working. They also felt that leaving the development of business sites around the airport to market forces would lead to fragmented development, with adverse effects on the accessibility and international competitiveness of the airport and the region.

To address this they set up a management forum (Bestuursforum Schiphol) in 1987 and subsequently a joint development company – the Schiphol Area Development Company (SADC).

In 2000 the Bestuursforum produced its first spatial-economic vision aimed at providing a coherent development framework for the economic growth in the airport region and a powerful marketing tool. The framework established a strong context for SADC’s activities.

Even though the vision was developed and is being implemented outside the statutory planning system, it has been perceived by the partners as an essential and meaningful strategy that fills the gap between the regional structure plan for Noord Holland Zuid and the local land use plans for Amsterdam and Haarlemmermeer.

Further reading
www.noord-holland.nl/web/Actueel/Nieuws/Artikel/Ruimtelijk-Economische-Visie-Schipholregio-20092030-REVS.htm

Key diagram

Key diagram
© Bestuursforum Schiphol
 

Amsterdam airport corridor concept diagram

Amsterdam airport corridor concept diagram
© Bestuursforum Schiphol