Urban land-use planning “Former Offenbach Freight Yard”

Offenbach, Germany, since 2017

The development plan for the former site of the freight yard aims to define a new urban space in Offenbach that combines residential and commercial usage in a compatible manner. Designating urban areas in accordance with section 6a of the German Federal Land Utilization Ordinance (BauNVO) is a central element of the development plan

  • Client: aurelis Real Estate GmbH & Co. KG
  • Timeframe: since 2017
  • Planning Area: 9 ha
  • Use: Residential Development, Office / Administration, Conversion, Mixed-Use, brownfield development, Commercial / Industrial
Masterplan Offenbach 2030: excerpt Development Area East
Master­plan Offenbach 2030: excerpt Development Area East

The “Master­plan Offenbach 2030” already devised by AS+P envisages repositioning and realizing the site of the former freight yard as “Quartier 4.0”. In 2017, AS+P developed a framework plan for the area in question in order to assess the development potential for restructuring the freight yard site.

Now, the newly devised development plan is to create the legal basis for the town planning and high-grade development of the freight yard site.

Aerial photograph of the freight yard, view eastwards
Aerial photograph of the freight yard, view eastwards
Aerial photograph of the freight yard, view westwards
Aerial photograph of the freight yard, view westwards

The fundamental aim of planning is to revitalize the wasteland formerly occupied by the freight yard and transform it into a mix-use quarter based on the model of the ‘city of short distances.’ High-density construction is to create residential space in the quarter. As such, areas that are outside the city and have not yet been put to use or are not sealed will be protected and soil sealing will be limited.

The new development plan will enhance the attractiveness of the east of the city both as a residential urban location and as a site for manufacturing industries and service providers. As such, the designation of urban areas in accordance with section 6a of the German Federal Land Utilization Ordinance (BauNVO) with the corresponding eligibility rules is a key element of the development plan.

Aerial photograph of the freight yard, view westwards
Aerial photograph of the freight yard, view westwards

Following the management of the early engagement of the authorities and the public, AS+P is currently working on a draft development plan for the next step in the participation process.