Public participation for the Albert (Forest) Sustainable Neighborhood

The challenges

Neighborhood contracts are concluded between the Region, the community and the neighborhood residents as a means of strengthening the neighborhood through 2 major types of action: the construction or renovation of residences, infrastructures, local equipment, or the rehabilitation of public space and the subsidy of actions on the ground that are intended to improve the quality of life of the inhabitants and to reinforce social cohesion.

Since 2006, the Community of Forest earned 5 successive “Sustainable Neighborhood” contracts at the initiative of the Collège des Bourgmestre et Echevins:

  • Contract for Abbaye Sustainable Neighborhood (2014-2018)
  • Contract for Albert Sustainable Neighborhood – CQDA (2012-2016)
  • Contract for Primeurs-Pont de Luttre Neighborhood – CQPPL (2010-2013)
  • Contract for Saint-Antoine Neighborhood – CQSA (2009-2012)
  • Contract for Saint-Denis Neighborhood – CQSD (2007-2010)

The neighborhood targeted in the Contract for Albert Sustainable Development (CQDA) includes the upper part of the Forest Neighborhood, located at one end with upper Saint Gilles. Its program of intervention was approved after the 2012 definition phase, which 21 Solutions actively participated in.

Solutions

21 Solutions and Espace Environnement were tasked with the participation aspect of the study in preparing the Contract for Albert Sustainable Development. This assignment was completed on behalf of the Forest Neighborhood in partnership with the EON urban development office. Participation actions were developed according to three distinct but complementary axes:

  • Procedure with respect to public outreach: citizens, neighbors, neighborhood stakeholders, employees, business owners, etc.
  • Procedure targeting public action organizations: associations, neighborhood committees, structures present in the neighborhood
  • Procedure targeting community resources: public works, public education, sport, seniors, early childhood, youth, housing, extracurricular resources, prevention, policing, etc.

The results of the diagnostic study were presented in the file that was the basis of the Contract for Albert Sustainable Neighborhood and can be consulted here.

Approved by the Region in 2012, the program will be implemented between 2013 and 2018.

More information available on the project blog:
http://quartieralbertwijk.blogspot.be

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