For the city of Haarlem, spatial quality is an important trump card in the process of attracting inhabitants, investors and visitors. By means of the Policy Note Spatial Quality, the municipality of Haarlem has expressed its views on the direction in which the city should be developed. It is an instrument for the city to maintain a consistent spatial policy, to focus on the longer term, to guarantee and reinforce the qualities of the city without ‘locking it up’ and no longer being open to initiatives and change.
SteenhuisMeurs was commissioned to draw up the first book of the policy note: the Vision on Spatial Quality. We scrutinised the existing spatial policy and established a vision for the city with guiding conditions (the ‘golden rules’) in order to facilitate making fundamental judgments in respect of projects and launching new policies. The relation between future proofing, the quality of the living environment, cultural heritage and spatial quality are important themes. With this vision, the city succinctly makes clear to its citizens, inhabitants, investors, developers and civil servants where its strength and its ambitions lie.
The Vision Spatial Quality Haarlem was adopted by the city council on 28 June 2012.