Municipal Plan for Sustainable Development

The new Municipal Plan for Sustainable Development 'The City in the Making' is being prepared. This strategic document aims to provide an answer to the current and future challenges facing the City of Brussels. Between 14 October and 15 November 2019, an online survey will be conducted to enrich the diagnosis of the revised plan.

The City in the Making

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

Between 14 October and 15 November 2019, you will be invited to complete an online survey. This survey will enrich the diagnosis of the revised plan and gather your opinion on the ambitions of the City of Brussels on its territory.

Participants have the chance to win a duo ticket for the match of the Red Devils against Cyprus on 19 November.

How does the plan work?

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

Phase 1: diagnosis and ambitions

An objective analysis of the territory from different angles (urban fabric, coexistence, environment, mobility and economic development) 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 objectives are prioritised on the basis of feedback from citizens and translated into concrete actions to achieve the ambitions set 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 is the online survey, which will run from 14 October to 15 November 2019.


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

Maps of the quarters of the City of Brussels:

The diagnosis, combined with the challenges included in the majority agreement, leads to 7 major ambitions for the city of 2040:

  • A city that breathes
  • A city that moves
  • A city that evolves
  • An open and inclusive city
  • A city of proximity
  • A dynamic and smart city
  • An exemplary and participatory city

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