Even though the city of Bonn is predominantly service-oriented, the manufacturing industry and the skilled trades are of great importance from a structural policy and employment perspective. For example, the manufacturing industry ensures a wide range of jobs in manufacturing, for example. In addition, many of Bonn's industrial and commercial enterprises are leaders in national and international markets. The aim is therefore to be able to continue to offer attractive commercial sites for the settlement, expansion and relocation of industrial and craft enterprises. However, because land potential in the urban area is scarce, the need for commercial space usually competes with the need for residential space as well as office and retail uses. Therefore, in addition to the development of new commercial areas, a special focus is placed on securing existing commercial areas and activating underutilized area potential.
Commercial space available
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.
In order to alleviate the existing shortage of commercial space as quickly as possible and to be able to meet the demand for commercial space from companies again in the medium term, the Bonn Economic Development Agency is continuing to pursue a 3-building block strategy.
Component 1: Development of new urban potential areas and land reactivation
One focus of economic development continues to be on the development of new municipal industrial estates. In this regard, the development of the Pützchen office and industrial park and the expansion of the Buschdorf industrial park are being driven forward in particular. However, planning law still has to be created for both sites, which will take into account aspects such as sustainability, climate and mobility in addition to building and planning regulations. The aim is also to achieve better utilization of space through "stacked commercial" development. Thus, further own commercial areas could be created in Bonn - under consideration of other uses.
In addition, the further development and qualification of existing commercial areas will also be pursued in the future. With regard to the qualification of existing commercial areas, 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 harmony with the guiding principles for climate protection and climate adaptation.
The developments in the Beuel-Ost industrial park are also part of the inventory qualification. The results of the pilot project "Climate-friendly commercial area Beuel-Ost" are to be transferred to other commercial areas in Bonn in the future. The model project aims to show which possibilities can be used in an existing commercial area to unseal and green areas and to reduce emission
Component 2: Inter-communal commercial space development 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. The municipalities see inter-municipal cooperation in the development and marketing of land as the right approach to offering the increasingly scarce resource of "commercial land" on a regional basis and to retaining local companies in the region and attracting new ones. Planning law is currently being created for this commercial area.
Component 3: Inter-communal development of industrial sites in line with the regional plan
An inter-municipal commercial land development in the sense of the regional plan is also to be promoted between the city of Bonn and the Rhine-Sieg district municipalities. For this reason, a regional commercial land survey was carried out to examine the future land requirements for the economy as a whole in the city of Bonn and the Rhein-Sieg district and whether the existing land reserves are suitable in terms of size and quality to meet these requirements.
At present, the possibilities and prerequisites of an inter-communal commercial land development in the sense of the regional plan are being examined. In this context, the possibility of implementing a commercial land pool, into which all available land potential is fed for joint development and marketing, is also being examined.