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Frankfurt 2030+
Integrated urban development concept

In a dialogue-based planning process, from 2014 to 2017, the Integrated Urban Development Concept Frankfurt 2030+ (IUDC) was drawn up. In November 2019, the Municipal Council formally approved it. A perspective for Frankfurt’s urban development is presented in the form of six overall objectives and development strategies.

  • 1. Frankfurt for All

    In the year 2030, Frankfurt will be a city with living space for all. Thanks to a systematic housing policy the citizens of Frankfurt will be able to find homes that match their needs across the entire town. Investment into the social infrastructure and a targeted further development of the city districts and their centers are set to provide a contribution to equal participation and public services.


  • 2. Dynamic economic metropolis

    Frankfurt as the heart of the Frankfurt/Rhine-Main conurbation and the overall metropolitan area is aligning its economic structure and commercially used zones to meet future demands and its specific function in the region, as well as those resulting from its being a gateway to the world. In 2030, Frankfurt is set to be one of the leading innovation hubs if not the “digital hub” in Europe. In synergy with the region the city will offer attractive locations for industry and commerce, and will be turning into an important site for “Industry 4.0” as well as being a leading financial center.

  • 3. More Frankfurt

    2030 will see Frankfurt having become more urban. The city will be characterized by a higher architectural and population density, and by mixed use. Frankfurt commits to the chances afforded by urban growth and identifies innovative ways to address this in a sustainable way. It is only through the region contributing strongly to relieving the strain on the city and a balanced mix of urban planning approaches to action inside the city limits that Frankfurt will be able to sustainably shape the population and employment trends foreseeable today. Internal and external development in the city and the region shall complement each other. Green and open spaces will be upgraded, expanded and better connected in the course of further urban development, with an emphasis on their equal distribution in the urban area.


  • 4. Frankfurt respects the environment and the climate

    The city has remained livable and viable for the future. It contributes to international accountability as regards climate protection and the preservation of biological diversity. Securing and developing green and open spaces as important elements of a high quality of life continues to be promoted, open countryside upheld to ensure due air flow in and out of town and cool air production. Agriculture within the city limits plays a key role when it comes to regional food products and maintaining open fields. A central building block here is the GrünGürtel. Mobility is handled in a city-friendly manner through close coordination with housing development and a consistent promotion of eco-friendly forms of transport. Focused investments in public transportation allow the transport system to keep up with urban growth. Frankfurt makes every effort to protect the climate while at the same time adapting to climate change as it takes place.

  • 5. The region is the city

    Frankfurt is gearing its activities towards strengthening the entire region in the long-term to keep it fit for the future. In all of this, the City of Frankfurt will combine a strong, clear stance on issues of regional development with actions based on partnership and on involving everyone as equals. Current relationships with local authorities in the region and regional authorities will be strengthened and greater commitment shown to them. In the year 2030, Frankfurt will consistently define its ongoing urban development and the strategies this necessitates in a regional context. 2030 will see regional planning and regional development in the Frankfurt/Rhine-Main metropolitan region institutionally strengthened and its strategic capabilities bolstered.

  • 6. Urban planning as a community task

    When it comes to urban development, Frankfurt will continue to rely on the interfacing of politics, administration, economy, science, culture and civil society. Frankfurt will approach the city’s development holistically, actively provide information and consistently involve citizens above and beyond the legally required minimum, using new formats and technologies to do so.

A strategy map presents the thrust of the objectives in spatial terms. Eight areas were defined as focus spaces as they offer especially great potential for further urban development.
Download the Integrated Urban Development Concept Frankfurt 2030+ here as a PDF file or order it as a brochure. .

Ideas tour - July 2016, © City Planning Department, City of Frankfurt/Main

Since Municipal Council approval in 2019, the basic underlying conditions for and challenges to urban planning for Frankfurt/Main have fundamentally changed. The Urban Development Concept Frankfurt 2030+ is therefore being reviewed. The intention is to identify whether and to what extent the objectives formulated in it can be achieved, what benefits are expected from moving it forward, and what the requirements would be for an appropriate planning process.