The Story of Lelystad

Lelystad defines strategic tasks as a prelude to the environmental vision (‘omgevingsvisie’).


    The Story of Lelystad is the first step in the development of the environmental vision of Lelystad. An environmental vision (omgevingsvisie) is one of the new instruments within the Dutch Environment Act. In the environmental vision, every municipality regulates how it wants to develop in the future. This thus functions as an assessment framework for initiators and the municipality itself. The environmental vision replaces the structural visions and is really different: the realization is done in collaboration with everyone who is effected by the vision: residents, entrepreneurs, social organizations, politics, etc. Furthermore, other domains, such as the social domain, are integrated into a physical spatial plan.


    Borders versus existing city

    Lelystad is doing well. Economic centres such as Bataviastad, Lelystad Airport and Flevokust Haven are being developed on the outskirts of the city and attractive green residential areas on the outskirts of town attract new residents from outside. On the coast, the city seeks a relationship with the water to develop attractive, varied areas for living and recreation. There is space in Lelystad, and Lelystad has given these developments space.


    The developments are good for Lelystad, but unfortunately the relationship with the existing Lelystad is still limited. The strategic main tasks therefore put a lot of emphasis on the development of existing residential areas and the City Centre. The 70s and 80s have had serious problems for years, the town centre is depreciated and has a lot of vacancies. For Lelystad these are the tasks for the coming years.


    Four perspectives

    In the Story of Lelystad, Urhahn portrayed the DNA of Lelystad and relevant trends and developments. The position in the MRA, energy transition, aging population and changing mobility offer opportunities but also challenges for the future of Lelystad. In an interactive process with stakeholders, we developed four perspectives for Lelystad: the scenic city, the city of water, the connected city and the active city. On the basis of the tasks and ambitions as they are mentioned in the Story of Lelystad, the municipality will start work on the elaboration of an environmental vision.