Making its city centres attractive and future-proof together: this is the goal that the municipality of Teylingen has set out to achieve. They want to develop a new city centre strategy for Sassenheim, Voorhout and Warmond. Over Morgen will be in charge of the project management. We are actively looking for cooperation with the local parties within the city centres: entrepreneurs, residents, visitors, partners in the security sector and property owners. A city centre is not something we bring to life alone – but we can do it if we work together. Besides drafting the city centre strategy, we will also help upgrade the municipality’s retail plans.
The city centre strategy for Teylingen is set up in several steps. We start broad, then narrow our scope to focus on individual city centres, with dedicated sessions to create a future perspective plan for each, then end broad again, with a complete city centre strategy that includes an implementation programme.
Connection with society
From the very beginning of the project, we interact with residents in order to find out what they are satisfied with and what leaves room for improvement. The process is documented in an online platform: www.centrumvisieteylingen.nl. We plan several gatherings per city, such as drop-in sessions and meetings for strategic groups. We also collect information for the city centre strategy directly on the streets, for example on the accessibility of the locations by bike, places where people can meet, parking options, security, the design of the public areas and, of course, the range of shops. We work on the future perspectives for each city centre and share all interim results on the online platform. The research we carry out in the city centres and the data that is already available gives us all the information we need to build our strategy. We slowly complete the city centre strategy as we work through the process and update the related Story Map accordingly.
Chances and opportunities
The city centre strategy gives entrepreneurs, residents, organisations and the municipality a good grip on the potential development of the city centres in Teylingen. The implementation programme is explicitly designed with society in mind, to clarify which actions fall under the specific responsibility of each player. In the course of the process, we constantly look for chances and opportunities for cooperation. The end goal: making the city centres in Teylingen more pleasant and attractive.