Policy vision ‘Water in the City’ presented to the press

During the press moment of 28 May 2019, the city of Ghent and De Vlaamse Waterweg nv presented the policy vision ‘Water in de Stad Gent’. This policy vision was drawn up by OMGEVING with the support of De Urbanisten, Eco Insight, Hydroscan and Idea Consult.

Together with the clients, a strategy was developed for increasing the presence, the image and the power of water in the city. The plan focuses on an ambitious vision of the future for ten distinct types of ‘Ghentian blue’, each of which contribute to the multifaceted use and experience of water in the urban environment from their own perspective.

In the coming years, the document will be the guideline for the day-to-day management of the integrated design, use and management of Ghent’s water. On the one hand, it outlines how to deal with water today, on the other hand, it also lays down future-oriented water related accents. Above all, the policy vision stimulates coalitions with other policy plans and policy areas. Finally, the vision memorandum creates opportunities that accelerate and promote the integration of water in public spaces, in urban development plans and in the permit process.

More information about the project can be found here.