Municipal Plan for Sustainable Development

The City is currently working on a new Municipal Plan for Sustainable Development: 'The City in the Making'. This strategic document aims to provide an answer to the current and future challenges facing the City of Brussels.

The City in the Making

In line with the 2018-2024 General Policy Program, the objectives to be defined in the plan will lead to concrete actions, in accordance with the Regional Plan for Sustainable Development.

An online survey was organized between 14 October and 30 November 2019. That survey was intended to enrich the diagnosis of the revised plan and gather your opinion on the ambitions of the City of Brussels on its territory.

La Ville en devenir - 2050

The development of the Municipal Plan for Sustainable Development 'The City in the Making' takes place in two steps:

Phase 1: analysis and ambitions

An objective analysis of the territory from different angles (urban fabric, coexistence, environment, mobility, economic development and governance) makes it possible to identify the strengths and weaknesses, opportunities and threats of each neighbourhood. This analysis is presented to the population and compared with the challenges of the majority agreement. This makes it possible to highlight the great ambitions expressed in the various objectives for the territory.

Phase 2: action plan

The priority of the objectives are determined on the basis of feedback from citizens and translated into concrete actions to achieve the ambitions for each neighbourhood.

The action plan is accompanied by criteria to measure its effectiveness.

Citizen participation

Citizens are called upon to contribute in various ways to the analysis of the territory and the making of the action plan. The first step consisted of an online survey, the results of which are currently being analyzed. The next step is to organize workshops in the course of 2020.


After final approval of the plan by the government, the progress of the various projects will be evaluated regularly on the basis of the established criteria. If necessary, the plan will be updated in the light of environmental and social results or developments.

  • 2019: analysis and ambitions
  • 2020: objectives and action plan
  • 2021: public inquiry and advice from authorities
  • 2022: approval by the government
  • 2023: monitoring

The analysis of the territory was carried out by internal experts in consultation with the regional specialists. On the basis of an analysis per main theme (environment, urban fabric, mobility, coexistence, economic development and governance), it highlights the characteristics, strengths and weaknesses of the various neighbourhoods of the city.

Maps of the quarters of the City of Brussels:

Between 14 October and 30 November 2019, an online survey was held among the population of Brussels to find out their wishes and concerns about the future of the City and their neighborhoods. The aim of this survey was to enrich the municipal plan for sustainable development 'The City in the Making', which is currently being drawn up.

In October 2020, workshops with experts took place to indicate strategic objectives and propose actions. These were supplemented by meetings with key players, associations and local residents via virtual walks.

The diagnosis, combined with the challenges included in the majority agreement, leads to 7 major ambitions for the city of 2050:

  • A healthy city
  • A city on the move
  • An evolving city
  • An open and inclusive city
  • A nearby city
  • A dynamic and smart city
  • A participatory and exemplary city

A 'city of proximity' is the ambition that includes in particular the concept of a city within 10 minutes. That is, a city where all citizens can find the facilities, services or shops that meet their daily needs within a 10-minute walk.

Above all, it is a concept that not only improves the quality of life of the inhabitants, but also offers many other benefits for more active mobility, functional diversity, meeting places and social cohesion. In particular, it fights against the isolation of vulnerable people.

How? The City has already developed a cartographic model with which the spatial coverage of so-called proximity facilities and services can be analyzed. This map shows data in the form of a 'heatmap'. The areas with the most facilities that can be accessed within 10 minutes are colored red (a warm zone). Green or cold zones indicate the places with the fewest facilities in the area.

The old development plan from 2004 is therefore completely revised. The details of the old Municipal development plan (goals, diagnosis,...) are only available in French and Dutch:

Municipal Plan for Sustainable Development