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City Executive opts for new approach to city development

In a range of different neighbourhoods, such as Buikslotermeerplein, Osdorpplein, Arenapoort and Zuidas, there will be additional housing as a result of densification. There will also be investment in accessibility, the retail offer and in cultural amenities. For Zuidas, this will mean intensifying its role as a mixed neighbourhood with high-rise buildings. It could also bring about better connections with the surrounding neighbourhoods. Other potential developments could include the construction of additional housing and the realisation of better amenities.

Continued healthy growth

In recent years, Amsterdam has grown as a result of housing construction on former industrial sites (Port City) and the development of completely new residential districts, such as IJburg and Zeeburgereiland, but the City Executive is now changing course. ‘By adopting this plan, we’re opting for a new form of urban development’, says Deputy Mayor Van Dantzig. ‘Densification will enable us to maintain space for business and green areas in the city. These plans aim to enable Amsterdam to continue to grow in a healthy way. That will help to ensure that Amsterdam remains a great city for all of its residents.’

20,000 homes

In 2016, the Executive at that time set out its vision for housing construction in its development strategy Koers 2025. Many of the ambitions outlined in it have now been realised or are at an advanced stage of planning. These plans run until around 2031. The new strategy will ensure that there are development locations on which a total of around 20,000 homes can be built in the period 2032-2035.


The plans to achieve housing construction by means of densification mean that there will be much greater focus on what amenities and infrastructure are already in place rather than just what needs to be developed. As a result, there will be an important role to play for people living in the neighbourhoods, businesses and wider Amsterdam residents. If the City Council approves this plan, an intensive process of participation will be initiated. Starting from 8 February, Amsterdam residents will be able to contribute their ideas about the new strategy.

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