Effective building in built-up areas:
More green and sustainable high-rise buildings.
We advocate greenery in new construction projects. We also believe that these projects should always be sustainable. Green building is important for several reasons. Not only for the ecology and climate, but also due to the urban heat island (UHI) effect and for the local food production, stress-reducing and health-promoting effects. We also see good options for vertical farming. We opt for beautiful, green and sustainable high-rise buildings, to use the built-up areas efficiently and to avoid building in green areas. Instead of new ‘star flats’, we would much rather see green, plant-covered flats.
The municipality is responsible for the spatial appearance of the city and it does so through zoning plans. It arranges where we as a city build new residential areas or expand existing neighborhoods. In the zoning plans, the municipality determines which part is for houses, which part for nature and which part for industry. For example, in a zoning plan you will find whether you can start a business at your house and you can read which developments are planned for your district/neighborhood, such as a construction of a shopping complex.
Municipalities are also linked to higher authorities and existing regulations. For example, a Deltadijk dike will replace the Grebbedijk dike, whether we like it or not. We are also bound by the regulations of Rijkswaterstaat (no wind turbines) and Gelderland (natura 2000 protected areas network).
In Wageningen, approximately €8.5 million will bespent on housing. That's 8% of the total municipality budget of €106 million.
Pleaded for a city ecologist
Perhaps our most extraordinary and least recognized result of all. In the coalition (of which we are not part), it was decided that Wageningen will have an urban ecologist. What is special about this is that this was not mentioned in any of the election programs of other parties. An urban ecologist was only mentioned in our election manifesto. While others take credit, you can't read their election manifestos on it. At the end it doesn’t matter whose idea it was, it matters that Wageningen is becoming a bit greener again.
Advocated expansion of rules for housing construction
In recent years we have supported the plans for housing and tried to remove obstacles. Our clear choice has been to let go ofthe rules for appearance, such as height and shape. We also found participation less important. On the other hand, we have firmly adhered to the number of housing units and green, sustainable construction.
Less talking, more action in the city centre
Wageningen created avision in 2017 for the city centre, by and for the entrepreneurs of its citycentre. The municipality choose for talking about the new vision for the city centre instead of taking actionable steps. We believe that money can be spent better as municipality. We have repeatedly mentioned that we rather see thatthe municipality is working on painting the walls and organising the events, because as the city’s heart the city centre needs to be more lively and in motion.
Supporting the CultureActionplan
We support the development of the CultureActionplan. After the bankruptcy of the Venster wefind it important that de municipality takes on a coordinating role for cultural education and development