Nobody knows what Oosterwold will look like in the future. The decision in favour of randomness and room for individual initiative means that there is no final blueprint. That does not mean that there are no ideas in this respect. You can find these ideas in the structural vision of the municipalities of Almere and Zeewolde. The most important basic principles are:
A landscape of initiatives
Oosterwold is a large green area with space for new living and working environments. But agriculture, commercial activities, recreation and facilities can also be created. Whether or where new farms, schools, care facilities or companies and industrial estates will be developed is unknown. That depends on the initiators.
A free choice of plots
Every initiator is free to determine the size, location and shape of the plot in consultation with the landowner. Some locations are reserved for such purposes as expanding the infrastructure, for example. Apart from that, the freedom to choose your own land depends on its availability and price for which the owner wishes to sell it.
People make Oosterwold
The design of Oosterwold is not imposed by the government but is created bottom-up. That means that the makers decide what Oosterwold will look like. These may be residents, current landowners, entrepreneurs, developers, private individuals or institutions. Oosterwold will attract people who are looking for like-minded people to found a community or collective living or care group, or simply people who want to live independent of society. Everyone can take part. Initiators can work together, in groups, or operate entirely independently. Of course, co-ordination with your neighbours is always part of the equation.
Building infrastructure together
The main infrastructure (national, provincial and polder roads, waterways and ditches) remains the responsibility of the authorities. Developing the local road network and ditches on the plots is the responsibility of the initiator. That means, among other things, that every initiator constructs a road on one side of his or her plot that connects to an existing section. The road should be built in such a way that someone else can connect to it. Gradually, this will lead to a local road network.
Sustainable and self-Sufficient
Every initiator – individually or together with others – is personally responsible for water management, waste water processing and the power supply. This must be sustainable whenever possible. The ambition to also supply electricity to the surrounding area makes it probable that larger systems will be built or that smaller electricity and/or waste water systems will be linked together.
Oosterwold is green
More than two-thirds of the surface of Oosterwold will be green and add ecological qualities to the area. There is room for many kinds of green, such as agriculture, forest, recreation and vegetable and ornamental gardens. These different types of food are part of the self-sustaining nature of Oosterwold.
First initiatives and only then public investment
Initially, in the case of ordinary area developments, public money is spent on such things as the infrastructure and making the land ready for building. That does not happen here. Here, a back-seat role on the part of government also means that money is spent only when it’s there. This is why initiators pay a contribution to public investment in advance. Once there are enough users in the area, the authorities will then use this money for public facilities and widening existing roads.