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Northeast of the Anne Frank Development

Neues Wohnen in Eschersheim

Topic:
Urban development draft, Housing
District: Local district:
9
Size of area:
13.5 ha
Project management:

Mr. Gunther Stoll
Telefon: +49 (0)69 212 74120
Telefax: +49 (0)69 212 30731


Project description

Reason for planning
Frankfurt has a great need for additional housing. Estimates suggest the population will grow by around 70,000 people by 2030. Owing to the urgent need, back in 2014 a joint resolution was passed to draft several priority development plans, one of which is the “Northeast of Anne-Frank-Siedlung” planning area. Thus, the development plan is intended to meet the demand for housing by creating attractive living space.

Planning area
The development area is on the periphery of the Eschersheim district. Its border runs from west to east between the A 661 interstate and the road Am Gabelacker. In the southwest the area adjoins the existing housing development north of “Anne Frank Siedlung”. In the northwest the development area is bordered by Berkersheimer Weg, which links the districts Eschersheim and Frankfurter Berg.
The entire planning area is around 13.5 hectares in size.

Planning objectives
The development plan will lay the legal basis for planning regulations for a general residential area. The goal is to derive from the area’s identity an urban and at the same time green quarter with easy access to the local recreation area and residential options for various sections of the population. To promote a lively quarter with amenities and opportunities for social interaction the existing center of the quarter, Im Geeren, is to be expanded by new supplementary uses.

Project Progress

Next steps in the legal zoning plan procedure

  • Specific elaboration of the draft urban development proposal
  • Early participation of public authorities in accordance with section 4 paragraph 1 of the German Building Code (BauGB)
  • Implementation of specialist in-depth studies
  • Compilation of a draft legal zoning plan
  • Display of the draft legal zoning plan and renewed participation of the in accordance with section 3 paragraph 2 of the German Building Code (BauGB)

October-November 2019: Involvement at an early stage of various public-interest bodies as per section 4 para 1 of the German Building Code on the basis of the urban planning proposal.

May-July 2019:
Elaboration of the urban planning proposal to give it firm shape.

April 2019:
Public presentation of the winning proposal, which had been developed further and the primary school location integrated into it.

November 2018:
Public presentation of the competition entries submitted and announcement of the winner. The competition entries go on display in the Dept. of Planning and Housing.

August 2018:
First public discussion on the competition and presentation of the initial conceptual ideas by competition entrants.

May 2018:
Urban planning and landscape planning ideas competition launched, with strong civic participation.

June 2014: City Council Resolution of June 26, 2014 that Development Plan no. 902, Northeast of Anne Frank Housing Estate be drafted.

2009:
First presentation of the district as an area for housing in the Regional Land Use Plan.

2008:
The area in question is included in the City Housing Construction Development Program..



Information on the project published by the City Planning Department


More information

Revised winning design

Public presentation of the advanced winning design with integrated elementary school

To ensure the creative and functional quality of the future structure of the development and open spaces, an urban and landscape planning ideas competition was announced on May 9, 2018 in the framework of the development plan procedure. The competition shall take the form of a restricted, two-phase, cooperative urban and landscape planning ideas competition. This type of process enables active inclusion of the public in the competition procedure, with the studios presenting and putting up for discussion their designs in two public events.

The first citizens’ event, at which the planning studios will present their conceptual deliberations on the planning area, will take place on August 29, 2018 from 5.30 p.m. (venue to be announced). This event will offer interested members of the public the opportunity to discuss the designs together with the planners as well as express ideas and criticism. The results of this event will be taken into account in the second competition phase and the development plan procedure.

The planning studios will present their final designs to the jury and interested members of the public at a second public event to be held on November 13, 2018. Following public discussion of the individual entries, the jury will announce the winning design. Subsequently, a draft development plan is to be drawn up on the basis of the competition results.
The plans envisage a construction area dating from the 1990s being advanced and dovetailed with the adjoining countryside. As such, the competition was intended to demonstrate how extending the existing development and linking it to open space can create an urban and at the same time green residential quarter with attractive outskirts and references to the adjoining countryside.

Moreover, with its open space planning qualities the area is also to give both the old and the new neighborhoods a sense of identity. To this end, ideas were to be developed through which parts of the green structures that define the area can be integrated in the future planning structure.

In order to involve citizens and local politicians in the development of good and sustainable solutions for the construction area at an early stage, the competition was accompanied by a broad-based citizens’ participation process. At two events citizens were able to talk to the planners directly, present their wishes and improvement proposals, and receive direct feedback from the studios with regard to how they would follow up the citizens’ suggestions.

A total of 15 consortiums of urban planning and landscaping studios took part. The first stage was anonymous. With the jury having singled out five drafts, at the beginning of the second stage citizens were called on to enter into direct dialog with the planning studios. At this kick-off event the statutory early participation of the public in the legal zoning planning procedure took place. The planning studios subsequently used the resulting suggestions to further elaborate their drafts in the second stage. To conclude, the final drafts were presented a second time at an open civil dialog. Prior to the jury announcing the winner, all interested parties had an opportunity to discuss the planning studios’ ideas and voice their opinion in the discussion about the Solutions.

In addition to the requirements of the development, which encompasses an elementary school, the event speakers presented a new alternative for the bus route through the quarter as well as ideas for the integration of a second central green corridor running from north to south, which is in future intended to link even better the countryside on the northern border and the school with the Anne Frank Development and the center of Eschersheim.

In the second part of the event, citizens had the opportunity in the so-called “Market of Possibilities” to access extensive information about the updates and the ongoing planning process at various themed display sections and actively get involved by contributing ideas, wishes and proposals. Of particular interest in the context of these discussion forums were proposed solutions for optimum and (from the existing quarter) independent access to the new school premises. Further suggestions related to the design and pedagogical concept of the new elementary school. Attendees were however also concerned with the ongoing approach to the wooded area and the hobby gardens situated to the west of it.


  • Head of the City Planning Dept. Martin Hunscher gives an introduction &copy Frankfurt City Planning Dept.
  • Heike Appel, Head of the Planning and Construction section in the City Parks Dept. lecturing on the planning status for the district northeast of the Anne Frank housing estate &copy Frankfurt City Planning Dept.
  • View of the audience during the remarks by Jörg Stellmacher-Hein, Head of Transportation Planning section at the Frankfurt City Planning Dept. &copyFrankfurt City Planning Dept.
  • Jörg Stellmacher-Hein, Head of Transportation Planning section at the Frankfurt City Planning Dept. giving his lecture &copy Frankfurt City Planning Dept.
  • Market of opportunities: Dialogue &copy Frankfurt City Planning Dept.
  • Market of opportunities: A lively discussion &copy Frankfurt City Planning Dept.
  • Markt der Möglichkeiten: Blick von oben auf den Dialog © Stadtplanungsamt Stadt Frankfurt am Main
  • Markt der Möglichkeiten: Torsten Becker, Stadtplaner tobeStadt © Stadtplanungsamt Frankfurt am Main
  • Markt der Möglichkeiten: Fragen und Anregungen der Bürger zu Planungen von tobeStadt  &copy Stadtplanungsamt Stadt Frankfurt am Main
  • Market of opportunities: Explanatory remarks by Maren Hullen, Head of Fundamental Pedagogical Planning section, Frankfurt City Schools Dept. &copy Frankfurt City Planning Dept.
  • Markt der Möglichkeiten: Fragen und Anregungen der Bürger zu Themen des Stadtschulamtes © Stadtplanungsamt Stadt Frankfurt am Main
  • Market of opportunities: Heike Appel, Head of the Planning and Construction section at the Franfurt City Parks Dept. lecturing on the planning status for the district northeast of the Anne Frank housing estate &copy Frankfurt City Planning Dept.

Competition procedure and opportunities for participation

Competition procedure and opportunities for participation

To ensure the creative and functional quality of the future structure of the development and open spaces, an urban and landscape planning ideas competition was announced on May 9, 2018 in the framework of the development plan procedure. The competition shall take the form of a restricted, two-phase, cooperative urban and landscape planning ideas competition. This type of process enables active inclusion of the public in the competition procedure, with the studios presenting and putting up for discussion their designs in two public events.

The first citizens’ event, at which the planning studios will present their conceptual deliberations on the planning area, will take place on August 29, 2018 from 5.30 p.m. (venue to be announced). This event will offer interested members of the public the opportunity to discuss the designs together with the planners as well as express ideas and criticism. The results of this event will be taken into account in the second competition phase and the development plan procedure.

The planning studios will present their final designs to the jury and interested members of the public at a second public event to be held on November 13, 2018. Following public discussion of the individual entries, the jury will announce the winning design. Subsequently, a draft development plan is to be drawn up on the basis of the competition results.


The plans envisage a construction area dating from the 1990s being advanced and dovetailed with the adjoining countryside. As such, the competition was intended to demonstrate how extending the existing development and linking it to open space can create an urban and at the same time green residential quarter with attractive outskirts and references to the adjoining countryside.

Moreover, with its open space planning qualities the area is also to give both the old and the new neighborhoods a sense of identity. To this end, ideas were to be developed through which parts of the green structures that define the area can be integrated in the future planning structure.

In order to involve citizens and local politicians in the development of good and sustainable solutions for the construction area at an early stage, the competition was accompanied by a broad-based citizens’ participation process. At two events citizens were able to talk to the planners directly, present their wishes and improvement proposals, and receive direct feedback from the studios with regard to how they would follow up the citizens’ suggestions.

A total of 15 consortiums of urban planning and landscaping studios took part. The first stage was anonymous. With the jury having singled out five drafts, at the beginning of the second stage citizens were called on to enter into direct dialog with the planning studios. At this kick-off event the statutory early participation of the public in the legal zoning planning procedure took place. The planning studios subsequently used the resulting suggestions to further elaborate their drafts in the second stage. To conclude, the final drafts were presented a second time at an open civil dialog. Prior to the jury announcing the winner, all interested parties had an opportunity to discuss the planning studios’ ideas and voice their opinion in the discussion about the solutions.