STEP 05 – Vienna’s urban development plan
Charting the course for the city's journey into the future
Urban development and planning is a bit like an orienteering course - the goals and stages are clearly defined, but there are many ways to get there. Conventional urban development plans are reaching their limits. Visions of a city's future quickly become outdated due to unexpected global or regional developments. This does not apply to Vienna's urban development plan though. Called STEP 05 for short, it provides mostly orientation, pointing the way, but leaving sufficient freedom for individual planning decisions. STEP 05 is more about offering decision-making support than optimal solutions. It stipulates general rules, such as requirements that have to be met for a certain area to be used for a certain purpose, and defines 13 project target areas.
True to its motto - ‘Think European - act regionally - develop Vienna', STEP 05 describes scenarios for an attractive place to live and do business in.
STEP 05 provides the instruments needed to strengthen and augment Vienna's role in an international context while further improving the city's already high quality of living. Particularly in a growing city such as Vienna, urban development is the result of how different interests and different land uses are balanced and coordinated and how various processes are defined on a day-to-day basis. STEP 05 supplies a framework for all of these activities.
The spatial planning vision in urban development offers an outlook on Vienna's future, giving an outline of where development will be possible, what level of building density can be achieved and which green spaces are to be preserved. This makes it easier to assign priorities in developing existing land for building.
The business planning vision provides orientation for the development of a prospering business environment where large international companies as much as a multitude of small and micro-enterprises in the trade, service, and retail sectors have an important role to play. All of these businesses have different needs and requirements which they want the city as their place of business to fulfil. STEP 05 describes adequate measures for meeting these demands.
Vienna is rightly called a "green city" - green spaces and non-built-up areas constitute about half of the city's territory. This includes woodland, meadows, agricultural areas as well as gardens and parks. The green space planning vision defines where and how Vienna's ‘green assets' are to be preserved at the current high standard.
Vienna lies in the heart of Europe, and it is now more than ever a top priority to develop successful partnerships in the region. The regional planning vision links up Vienna's development with that of its environs.
Focus on 13 target areas:
Vienna has set priorities: 13 target areas for urban development have been designated where there are either special problems to be coped with or where special opportunities for development present themselves. Target area selection is based on functional criteria, irrespective of political or topographic boundaries. That is why you will find the historical inner city or new green-field developments such as Seestadt Aspern among the target areas as much as waterfront areas or former large railway station sites. Development is based on a shared interdisciplinary standard with a participatory approach. STEP 05 provides the goals, while all the relevant stakeholders in the target areas are involved in their concrete implementation, forming a participatory platform where visions, programs and measures are developed specifically for each area. Overall coordination and technical support are provided by an interdisciplinary team specifically constituted for each area and made up of city administration staff and external experts.
Facts & Figures
- 13 target areas:
New Central Railway Station - Erdberger Mais
U2 Donaustadt / Aspern
Floridsdorf -Brünner Straße
Prater - Krieau - Stadion
- Preparation time: 2 years
- Experts involved in preparation: approx. 650
- "STEP 05 dialog" events: 50
- Timeframe: 10 years
- Progress report: after 5 years
DI Markus Damm
Tel. +43 1 4000 84268
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- Municipal Department for Urban Devenlopment and Planing (MA 18)
- Stadtentwicklungsplan Wien 2005
- Stadtentwicklungsplan Wien 2005 Zielgebiete