Zaanstad tries to level Dukra’s plan

In the letter that councilor Wessel Breunesse (GL) writes to the city council on 17 May about ‘Fremskridtshavnen Dukra’, it quickly becomes clear that there are problems. The municipality and the operators of the marina want a ‘quality impulse’, but from the neighborhood “there have been many mixed reactions”.

What exactly is a quality impulse? And why are local residents against this ‘quality’?

The plans include “in addition to the renovation of the marina’s public spaces, the realization of 10 hotel units and 24 water houses”. Based on the documents from Zaanstad and the developer, the Neighborhood Association Oude Haven states that it is much more than 24 water houses and 10 hotel units, but “a total of 41 houses and 10 holiday homes, a catering sheet (capacity: 107 people) with a large terrace (capacity: 147 people). “

There are also various other new building plans in the area (Houthavenkade, Badhuisweg, Zaans Blauw – a total of about 900 new homes) The Dukra plan does not include parking spaces. Local residents also believe that the historic open view of Zaan aan de Hogendijk will disappear if the plan goes ahead in its proposed form.

Breunesse wants a ‘supported plan’ for the development of Dukra marina:

“Supported plan means a plan where all interests are duly mapped, both individual interests and collective societal interests, and where the common interest is sought. This does not necessarily mean that a design is created that everyone agrees on, but it is of course possible. ”

The last thing the councilor can forget. The objections from the neighborhood are unabated.

Participation

The councilor also writes “two sessions were held in the fall of 2021, chaired by an independent discussion leader.” In March 2022, the municipality completed a participation plan. Some stakeholders * are allowed to advise, others are informed (information is also ‘participation’ according to Zaanstad). This “information” even applies to “direct stakeholders”.

And thus Breunesse sprinkles salt in an open wound. Local residents have major problems with participation – or rather the lack of it. The plan was dropped without saying anything, the neighborhood was expected to sign at the intersection. For example, the declaration of intent (end of 2018) states that a plan must must be developed, but according to the documents, that plan had been in place for a long time, and it was even already ‘approved’ by Inverdan supervisor Sjoerd Soeters.

Local residents already stated in an e-mail to the province last year that they discovered through a WOB request, “that the municipality and the developer are currently preparing / finalizing the first agreement. It has also been shown that at the same time ( among other things) is busy preparing / completing the requirements plan, the designed area plan, a lease agreement for the marina and a long lease for the houseboats. In short: The plan already seems to be in place. The neighborhood is not satisfied that the client gets’ leadership ‘in participation, Zaanstad should also himself play an active role.

cultural history

What Breunesse does not write is that the ‘independent discussion leader’ (Petra Boom, also active in Peperstraat, the formation in 2018) finds Zaanstad’s attitude to participation below par:

“I understand that the residents have not experienced any participation and can not say with certainty why they have chosen to involve local residents at a late stage in the process and only inform them. Given the neighborhood vision for the Russian Quarter and the impact the plan has on local residents, participation could and should, in my opinion, have taken place earlier and differently. ”

In February 2022, Boom informs the municipality that she does not want to continue with the task, she has too much responsibility but too little influence. But Breunesse is in good spirits:

“The municipality, the developer and the local residents will in the coming period continue to discuss the content with each other to investigate how the plan best meets, for example, the aspects that the residents have expressed concern about. In any case, it is about the quality of life for the environment (including parking pressure) and the way in which the plan does justice to the area’s cultural history. ”

A final meeting with local residents will be held in early June. Two to three alternatives to the neighborhood are presented. Before the summer, the council must decide on the physical program for requirements (RPVE) for the marina. This also includes the ‘feasibility study’ that Zaanstad is currently working on.

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* The Hurricane itself is also involved, the editorial staff is housed in the former Havnemesterhus on Houthavenkade. Housing should also be built. We have a contract with a notice period of two months.

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