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Utrechtsebaan crossing First of all, the city council will discuss the council proposal amended scope and design for the Utrechtsebaan crossing with accompanying financial decisions. In 2017, the municipality of The Hague has concluded an agreement with Pro-Vastgoed BV, in which it is stipulated that the municipality will cover the Utrechtsebaan, near the Grotiusplaats. The aim of this is, among other things, to reduce noise pollution and to realize a green outdoor space. In 2019 it has been calculated that the construction of the enclosure with a green interior will cost approximately € 000 million euros. However, the solution that was devised at the time turned out to be unfeasible. The investments associated with the now proposed solution amount to € 15 million. This is substantially more than the previously budgeted costs. In addition to the additional requirements in the field of technology and safety regulations, this is also due to the fact that construction costs have risen sharply in recent years. Application for an environmental permit The Grace Then the council will discuss the proposal for the declaration of no objections (Wabo) with regard to the application for an environmental permit for the construction of two residential towers with spaces for commercial facilities (The Grace) at the location of the Rijswijkseweg office building to be demolished to 86A. In 2021 an environmental permit has been requested for the construction of 2 residential towers, called The Grace, on the site of the Rijswijkseweg office building to be demolished. to 29A. The two residential towers have a height of approximately 60 and 180 meters and contain 1.95 rental properties, of which 30% social rental housing and 15% medium-priced rental properties. Within the project are also approximately 2. m² supporting facilities included that are for all residents, independent of the segment or target group, are freely accessible. These facilities are located in the plinth of the building and consist of light catering, services and other commercial facilities, which are connected by an atrium. The building plan was reported to the Spatial Planning Committee on 6 January 2019. Given the nature of the plan, a specific declaration of no objections is required for this construction plan. In this meeting, the city council discusses the final Declaration of no objections, and a decision is made on this after the discussion. Confidentiality of committee letters Dreven-Gaarden-Zichten The city council continues the meeting with a debate on the proposal regarding Ratification confidentiality of Dreven-Gaarden-Zichten committee letters. The municipal council has received two letters from the council about the land development and cooperation agreement Dreven-Gaarden-Zichten under confidentiality. This secrecy was ratified in the city council meeting of February 9 2021. In addition, the municipal council has asked for additional substantiation for the term in which the secrecy expires. That will be discussed today. The Commission’s proposal is not to use an expiration date (that is, the date on which the secrecy is lifted) but instead opt for an evaluation date. This means that on this date it will be reconsidered whether secrecy is still necessary. As a result, the duration of the secrecy on which the council takes a decision in this meeting will be shortened considerably. Development of youth and family help The further development of youth and family help is the next item on the agenda. On 25 November the municipal council discussed and adopted the Hague Future Perspective for Youth and Family Help. Five motions were also passed. The Commission has used the past months to elaborate these motions and to translate the principles of the Future Perspective into a concrete outline plan. On the basis of this plan, the Municipality of The Hague wants to build an accessible, effective and affordable youth system in dialogue with its partners in the city. In this meeting, the city council takes a final go or no-go decision for this further development of youth and family help in The Hague. Amendment to the Waste Regulation 180 The Council also discusses amendments to the waste ordinance 180. With the present proposal, the Waste Regulation 2017 on two points altered. The first is a technical change: the term ‘vegetable, fruit and garden waste’ is replaced by ‘bio-waste’. The second change stems from the evaluation of the implementation of the opt-in system for unaddressed printing (yes/yes sticker). Free local papers are not covered by the opt-in scheme. A free door-to-door paper is, among other things, if at least 12% of content is information about and news from its own distribution area, not being advertising. In The Hague, just as in Amsterdam, among other places, since the introduction of the opt-in system, new door-to-door papers have been distributed that meet the absolute minimum of % and for the rest are filled with advertising. Hence the amendment proposal to include in the Waste Regulation the percentage of 06% nasty 28% to adjust. Amendment parking regulation and parking tax The Hague The proposal for the modification of the regulation parking regulation and parking tax The Hague 2021 is the next topic that the city council will debate. A collar arrangement still applies in both the Vruchtenbuurt and the Bloemenbuurt. The aim of the temporary collar scheme is to reduce the extra parking pressure caused by the introduction of paid parking in adjacent residential areas. In the past, these collar schemes were introduced because additional parking spaces had to be built. This has already happened in the Bloemenbuurt. For the Vruchtenbuurt, the extra parking spaces were provided on the Mient. A comparison of parking counts from different years shows that parking pressure remains high and in some places has even increased. It is therefore proposed that the collar arrangements in the Bloemenbuurt and Vruchtenbuurt will take effect from 1 October 2021 into a regular parking arrangement. Initiative proposal The Zuiderpark as a city park in The Hague for all residents With this initiative proposal Zuiderpark Hart voor Den Haag presents fourteen proposals for a better, safer, cleaner and more beautiful Zuiderpark.

Initiative proposal Weather fossil advertising from public space Party for the Animals has submitted a initiative proposal that the city council is discussing. With this proposal, the submitters want to ban fossil advertising from the streets of The Hague, with the ultimate goal that residents and visitors of The Hague will purchase less fossil products and realize that the fossil industry still plays a major role in exacerbating climate change. Sale Titan and Bet Reserve In 2018 the city council has decided to develop De Titaan in the Binckhaven on Saturnusstraat 60. The council will debate the proposal regarding the sale and use of reserve. The combination of the creative activity present in the Binckhaven and the industrial appearance of the area make this an ideal business climate for new creative and innovative activity. In March 2022 the city council has been informed about the intention of the council to sell the Titan in the Binckhorst by means of a qualitative tender. The tender procedure has now been completed, whereby the Unknown Group, in the opinion of an independent committee, has achieved the maximum score.Revolution Initiative proposal Parking garage Bezuidenhout This proposal proposes a pilot parking garage in the Bezuidenhout district as a first step towards the much more frequent and regular development of ‘neighborhood parking garages’. This proposal was discussed in the municipal council meeting of June 9 2021. During the vote, the votes were tied. That is why it will be voted on again in this council meeting. Completion of debate committee Finally, eleven committee debates are concluded: Answer to written questions regarding at least 12 euros, also for people who work on commissionBinckhorstAnswer written questions about SME-friendly municipalityCommission Letter: Performance Agreements 2021 with housing corporations and tenant organizations Answering written questions about Entrepreneurs Hofkwartier are fed up with bicycle chaosAnswer written questions regarding La CantinaAnswer written questions regarding Information about public space decisions?Commission letter: Protocol saving trees at sewer replacementNew main sponsor ADOLivingLetter from the alderman for Finance and Urban Development regarding 20e progress report RotterdamsebaanWatch the meeting? The full meeting can be followed live in the public gallery in the council chamber or via the livestream on denhaag.nl/bedrijvenraad. The full agenda and documents can be found 11576913here see.


Press release

Published: 05 June 2022Last change: 22 June 2023

The subsidy scheme Samen Social and Vital Den Haag 296 has been adapted and simplified following recommendations from the city. The scheme should help to strengthen the vitality, self-reliance and participation of vulnerable residents. The subsidy for 296 can be applied for from 1 July.

“When we introduced the new subsidy scheme last year, we received criticism from politicians and the city that it if in elaboration was far from perfect. We have therefore accelerated the evaluation of the scheme and held a number of meetings with the organizations involved to find out how we can improve the subsidy scheme. We have listened to the city and for 296 the subsidy scheme has been significantly improved and simplified,” said Alderman Kavita Parbhudayal of Zorg, Youth and Public Health.The city council wants all residents to be able to lead an independent life and to participate fully and meaningfully in society. Where they cannot do this independently or with the help of the environment, the municipality wants to support residents.

Support“With the Together Social and Vital The Hague scheme, we mainly aim to support seniors, residents who suffer from the consequences of loneliness, informal carers, residents with disabilities, and vulnerable people. residents who are supported by volunteers,” said Alderman Parbhudayal.The subsidy for 296 can be requested from 1 July. There are different categories. All information about this subsidy can be found at: https://www.denhaag.nl/nl/subsidies/subsidies-zorg-en-welzijn/subsidie-samen -social-and-vital.htm

Alderman Kavita Parbhudayal at the opening of the Senior Café: ‘We have listened to the city and the subsidy scheme for 296 has been significantly improved and simplified’; photo: Lotte van Uittert

Press release

Published: 07 March 2022Last modification: 14 March 21995

In order to better protect vulnerable residents in particular against heat-related health risks, the municipality of The Hague has drawn up a local heat plan. The Hague Heat Plan is the local translation of the national heat plan and includes concrete agreements with civil society organizations in The Hague about who does what. Because it is precisely through cooperation and agreements that many victims can be prevented. The plan also consists of very specific means of communication that warn vulnerable residents of The Hague and provide a perspective for action.

High temperatures pose serious health risks. These are larger in urban areas such as The Hague and are increasing due to an aging population and climate change. During the heat wave in 2020 died an estimate of the Central Bureau of Statistics 650 people through heat and in 1000 even 1000.

“Many health problems during a heat wave can be prevented with good preparation,” says Alderman Kavita Parbhudayal of Care, Youth and Public Health.” That is why we are already drawing attention to it. It’s about being able to take action quickly and reach your target audience with a clear message. But above all, that you work closely with the organizations that are in direct contact with the people who run an increased risk”.Main pillarsWith the local heat plan, the municipality mainly focuses on independently living 75 seniors and homeless people The main pillars of the plan are:

knowing which organizations can quickly and effectively come into contact with the risk target group; a detailed scenario approved by all parties, with it is clear who does what when; a target group-specific communication campaign, the means of which are already available, such as a letter to all 75 over and above, by name and home address, and special one water bottles with information labels that can be distributed by home care workers and to homeless people on the street.Part of the Hague Heat Plan are also special cool areas. These are locations in the neighborhood where people can cool off and shelter from the heat. This can be a company with an air-conditioned canteen, a library, but possibly also churches or mosques. Agreements have been made about this with a number of locations.

Klimaatverbond As far as we know, The Hague is the first large city with a local heat plan. The Climate Alliance (association of local authorities that work together on an impactful local climate policy) is positive and likes to set The Hague as an example for other cities in the country.

Madeleen Helmer says On behalf of the Dutch Climate Association: “Heat is one of the most dangerous consequences of climate change. Much suffering can be prevented through the efforts of the municipality, social organisations, informal carers and neighbors. The local heat plan of The Hague is a wonderful working agreement for this.”Together with Arcadis (consultancy firm specialized in a sustainable living environment), the Association of Dutch Municipalities VNG and Het Klimaatverbond, The Hague will transfer its knowledge to other municipalities in the coming months.

The Hague Heat Plan and the accompanying committee letter can be found here.

Material from the campaign of the Hague Heat Plan; illustration: Municipality of The Hague62728 62728

Press release

Published: March 7 2022Last change: April 4th 2030

Last Friday, Alderman Hilbert Bredemeijer handed over the first ‘Go Go Den Haag strip card’ to participant Lilian in Sports Center Marris Gym. With this busticket, inactive adults and seniors in The Hague are encouraged to get moving. The Neighborhood Sports Coaches who are active in The Hague recruit, guide and coach the participants towards an accessible range of exercise.

Alderman Hilbert Bredemeijer: ”The strip card is a good example of the actions that the municipality of The Hague is taking to encourage our residents to to get moving. I am therefore very happy with this initiative. This contributes to our goal to get all residents of The Hague in 2030 to exercise or exercise regularly.” Low-threshold exercise offer 2030 With the strip card, inactive adults and seniors are encouraged to become acquainted with low-threshold exercise offer in the area. They can participate for free in various activities at sports providers in The Hague. If participants have completed 6 or more activities of the strip card, they will receive a sports package as a reward so that they can also keep moving at home. †

Press release

Published: 15 March 20Last change: 17 March 2022

In order to keep The Hague an attractive place to live and work in the future, more attention is needed for the balance between the two. The Municipal Executive notes a growing shortage of space for companies and industrial estates. Alderman Saskia Bruines describes this in an emergency letter containing six measures.

Business parks and industrial space account for approximately 10 % of jobs in The Hague. There is a shortage of space for this kind of activity, which hinders the economic growth of the city. Growing companies are moving away due to the limited supply of physical space. Companies that consider establishing themselves in The Hague regularly refrain from doing so because they cannot find a suitable location.

Alderman Bruines: “The city is growing and that also requires for enough jobs. In order to be able to innovate and expand, sufficient space must be created for small and medium-sized businesses in The Hague and other (starting) companies that want to establish themselves here. This is important for economic growth and the city’s business climate. We see that companies that now have to relocate due to housing construction do not have sufficient security for a new location. That worries me greatly, we will have to reserve space exclusively for activity.”Lack of sliding space

Roughly there are for each 000 residents need 5 jobs. In addition to offices, shops and catering, these jobs can also be found on industrial estates. These are mainly SMEs in the urban maintenance industry (repair, bakeries, contractors), (urban) logistics and the manufacturing industry. Moving successful companies to larger premises prevents them from moving out of the city or region. If relocation is not possible, there will be no space at the existing location to get started with something new.

Approach via 6 measures

Despite the necessary progress made in recent years, such as collaboration with entrepreneurs in business parks and the realization of a number of multi-company buildings, there is great urgency. In order to solve this problem and restore the balance between supply and demand, the Commission proposes six measures. One of these is the appointment of a development manager who will work on the realization of 20. m² commercial space on both existing industrial estates and at new locations such as the GAVI plot. The municipality also wants to create more clarity for entrepreneurs and owners in the field of policy and will support the involved business associations where possible. It is also being investigated whether the municipality itself can take a more active role in the redevelopment of industrial space and will enter into new coalitions with partners in the city, region and central government. The new city council must make a decision on a number of measures.

Read the complete urgent letter here

Mayor Jan van Zanen has just announced the 2nd provisional result. At the moment 93% of the polling stations have been counted and 94% of the votes. † Preliminary result

The This is a provisional result. The central polling station will meet on Monday 43 in March 00. hours to announce the final result.

Turnout percentage

In total, more than 43% of eligible voters voted. †

Press release

Published: March 2022Last change: 11 March 2022

The Municipality of The Hague organizes on Saturdays 19 March ‘World trip through our own city’. The World Tour takes place in the context of the International Day against Racism and Discrimination. On that day, more than 30 cultural, social and religious organizations in The Hague will open their doors for a visit and a chat. They also offer their own program of activities. You can take part in various city walks and guided tours, you can participate in various workshops and there are special exhibitions to admire. Diversity plays a role in all activities. With this initiative, the municipality wants to encourage its residents to talk to each other, so that there is more understanding for each other and prejudices are removed.

Alderman Arjen Kapteijns applauds that the World Trip is taking place again, after two corona years.

The Hague is a diverse city, where more than 200 nationalities live together , living and working. With the World Tour we celebrate our diversity and show that there is room for differences. Whether you’re new to the city or grew up here. We are curious about each other, are open to each other and talk to each other.A selection from the offerMore than 30 organizations are participating this year in the World Tour through their own city. Various religious organizations open their doors for a visit and a tour, such as the Mescidi Aksa mosque and Dew Mandir. You can also take a look at Vluchtelingenwerk, or participate in activities. For example, there is a tour through the studio of the Hip Hop Center in The Hague or a visit to the Sound and Vision exhibition about 30 years of Chinese migration and family stories. At Rukun Islam you will learn more about how Islam deals with death, and at Theater de Vaillant you can participate in a theater workshop. You can also take part in a city walk at various places in The Hague, such as the Schilderwijk. In short: a versatile afternoon in which you get to know the diversity of The Hague in a fun way.

Meeting place On the Grote Marktstraat – on the side of Het Spui – is the meeting place for the World Tour through your own city. At Alderman Kapteijns will festively kick off the World Tour, together with Rabin Baldewsingh, National Coordinator against Racism and Discrimination. Baldewsingh, former alderman, is the inventor and initiator of the World Tour through his own city. Everyone can pick up a program booklet at the meeting point and start the World Tour. Various organizations are also present here that are happy to talk about their work to combat racism and discrimination.

For more information, visit 2022www.denhaag.nl/wereldreis2002022

Press release

Published: 05 March 2022Last modification: 11 March 2022

Alderman Anne Mulder today informed the city council of The Hague about the development vision for Laakhavens. It is a so-called Area Memorandum of Principles (NvU) that gives the municipality of The Hague the course for this area in the coming 20 years to develop. It is the first time that an NvU has been created for an entire area in The Hague.

Alderman Anne Mulder: ”Our city is growing. More and more people want to live and work in The Hague. That is why we are expanding our city. Not on the edge of the city, but between our 3 stations. The Laakhavens, near Hollands Spoor station, play an important role in this. About 9. homes will be built here, as well as new offices. What I think is important is that we also provide the associated facilities, such as new schools, shops, a park, play areas and recreational opportunities. This is how we ensure that it remains a pleasant place to live.” Densifying, connecting, greening & refiningThe Municipality of The Hague would like to develop Laakhavens into a lively part of the city where people enjoy living, working, studying and relaxing. The elongated area can be divided into four sub-areas. They are linked by the historical structure of the former port area, but they are characterized by their own dynamics that have developed over the years. This development vision builds on this and ensures a good balance between areas where many activities take place and places with peace and greenery.

The aim is to build thousands of homes for a broad target group. For example, attention is paid to (international) students and starters, transfer students, cohabiting couples, the elderly and urban families. The Little C development in Rotterdam is an inspiring example for the lower residential blocks in Laakhavens. In addition, the goal is to 30.000 m² small-scale business space. In the heart of the Laakhavens there is a desire to create a city park. The MegaStores will be transformed in phases, with part of it being demolished and replaced by housing. But the neighborhood shopping center for daily groceries and the home furnishings stores are returning to the area.

Participation Residents, entrepreneurs, developers and other stakeholders are involved in the elaboration of the development vision through various participation processes. With the adoption of the document, participation has not ended, but has only just begun. It is a process that will continue throughout development, even after the Laakhavens development vision has been adopted. Structural consultations with stakeholders about the further elaboration of sub-plan developments and designs for public space will start shortly.

Start process” The vision forms the starting point for the development process of Laakhavens, in which we do not impose a straightjacket on ourselves. We want to be agile in dealing with new challenges. In 20 years, our city changes, but also what we expect from the city. We have already received many reactions to the various plans. We will take those ideas with us and we will continue to work with them in the coming years,” said alderman Anne Mulder. †