Kortenberg is a rural municipality, right next to the Brussels metropolitan area. It is an attractive municipality for those who work in closeby Brussels and Leuven, and prefer to live in a more tranquil rural area. The municipality has to deal with many private developers who are reacting on the growing demand for houses and appartments. Due to a lack of vision that guides the spatial developments in the municipality there is an ad hoc policy on building projects. Therefor the municipality initiated the making of a masterplan with clear guidelines for new building projects and future spatial developments.
Kortenberg is a green municipality with wide views on the landscape. It is characterised by a large number of old villa’s which gives the municipality a typical atmosphere. On the other hand there are 3 big lineair infrastructural works that have a major spatial impact on the municipality: there is the railway, the highway and the historical road to Brussels. The masterplan provides a spatial vision on the more general issues in the municipality to emphasize it’s existing qualities. On the other hand it looks into more strategic places which ask for a more specific approach.
The masterplan is made in collaboration with the local inhabitants. During a walk with locals the most important spots were visited while ideas and suggestions were offered. With questionforms local expertise was gathered which turned out to be an important addition on the analysis. In the following fase an exhibition will give the inhabitants to chance to get to know the plans more in detail in their own pace.