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Commercial areas

For the city of Bonn, the manufacturing industry is of great importance from a structural and employment point of view. Thus, the manufacturing industry ensures a wide range of jobs. In addition, many of Bonn's industrial and commercial enterprises are leaders in national and international markets. The aim is therefore to continue to offer attractive commercial sites for settlement, expansion and relocation in the future. However, potential space for commercial operations in the city area is generally scarce, and it also competes with housing needs as well as office and retail uses. For this reason, there is a particular focus on securing existing commercial areas, developing new commercial areas and activating underutilized land potential.

"Thanks to the support of the economic development agency, we can now expand the company directly adjacent to our headquarters and are optimally prepared for upcoming orders." Christoph Jolas, Owner, Christian Miesen GmbH & Co KG

Commercial space offer

The total size of all of Bonn's industrial estates is around 456 hectares. Of this, 25.7 ha are available for the establishment or relocation of companies. The city owns 13.5 hectares. The sites can only be marketed in the medium term due to necessary land development. The municipal sites are the approx. 11.0 ha Pützchen office and industrial park and the approx. 2.5 ha extension of the Buschdorf industrial park on Hans-Herter-Strasse.

Commercial property appraisal

Due to the scarcity of commercial land and in order to be able to determine future needs and strategic goals of commercial land policy, the city of Bonn commissioned corresponding commercial land appraisals separately and jointly with the Rhein-Sieg district. The results showed that in the foreseeable future, not enough commercial and industrial land will be available or can be developed in both the city of Bonn and the central district area to meet the long-term land requirements of companies wishing to relocate. However, in order to be able to continue to make offers to companies to secure existing sites or to attract new ones in the future, the Economic Development Office, together with the City Planning Department, has developed a 3-building block strategy. The aim is to secure and make available commercial sites of all qualities. 

3-block strategy

Building block 1: Development of new urban potential areas and land reactivation

In addition to the survey of existing urban commercial areas and the determination of the urban commercial area requirements, the expert report surveys possible commercial area potentials for the city of Bonn that can be developed in the future. Priority is given to the development of these new urban potentials as well as the further development and qualification of existing commercial areas. Thus, further own commercial areas could be created in Bonn - under consideration of other uses.

With regard to the qualification of existing sites, the possibility of multiple internal development is currently being investigated for the Bad Godesberg North commercial area. This envisages building densification with simultaneous safeguarding and development of green volumes and the realization of sustainable forms of mobility, in line with the guiding principles for climate protection and climate adaptation.

Building block 2: Inter-municipal development of industrial sites within the framework of cooperation models (intermediate stage)

In the context of inter-municipal commercial area developments, there are no regional planning obligations for areas that have been secured by planning. Nevertheless, the municipality of Alfter is currently developing the Alfter-Nord industrial estate, which covers approximately 29 hectares, together with Bonn and Bornheim. An inter-municipal working group consisting of representatives of the three municipalities has been formed to prepare the joint development and future marketing of the site.

The development plan for the intermunicipal commercial area is currently being drawn up and a marketing concept is being prepared.

Building block 3: Inter-municipal development of industrial sites in line with the regional plan

Intermunicipal commercial land development as defined in the regional plan is also to be promoted between the city of Bonn and the Rhine-Sieg district municipalities. For this reason, the regional commercial land report also examined which land requirements exist for the economy as a whole in the city of Bonn and the Rhein-Sieg district in the future and whether the existing land reserves are suitable in terms of size and quality to meet the requirements. 

The Rheinbach site "Am Wolbersacker", for example, offers one possibility. At present, the prerequisites for an inter-communal commercial land development in the sense of the regional plan are being examined. 

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