Zoning and forgiving roads in Raalte NL

In the centre of Raalte, a town of about 20,000 people, is the Booijink pig feed factory. In Hamilton the district plan (ODP) states under 2.2.4 Central City, Business and Industry.

(i) The Central City is the primary business centre, serving the City and wider region, and is the preferred location for commercial, civic and social activities

In Raalte the town’s most central activity is an industry making pig food. Next to this factory is a shopping centre and a good number of supermarkets.

All the heavy traffic going to/from the factory and supermarkets travels through the centre of Raalte.


In Hamilton the ODP states at 9.1 that the purpose of land being zoned industrial includes

b) … reducing the potential for non-industrial activities establishing in industrial locations

The Hamilton ODP also states 9.3 Rules – Activity Status 

9.3 Rules – Activity Status – New supermarkets, is a Non Complying activity in an industrial zone

In Raatle, supermarkets and non-industrial land use are all around this factory; this is not normal but it was regarded as manageable before zoning was over-used by town planers. There was a time in Hamilton when “*Barton and Ross operated a large joinery shop in connection with their furniture business ; Mullen and Noys a foundry”; and other industries were in the city centre. A second thing to note is that even though heavy traffic is travelling through the centre of Raatle, the road width is narrow, the kerbs are near flush and where there are bollards they are used to a minimum. The two photos below were taken across the road from the factory.


Moving further to the east, we have the Intersection of Burgemeester Kerssemakersstraa and Kerkstraat. Everything about this/these intersection/s is ‘forgiving’ and one can see the Dutch ‘Sustainable safety’ design elements demonstrating that ‘obstacle-free zones are the most important in this respect’.

On the busy Intersection through Raalte, kerbs, separators and an informal round-about exist; they are placed to maintain wide, separated cycle lanes with the car route scaled to allow for two-directional light vehicular traffic, and because the heights of the obstacles (kerbs, separators and islands) are kept to a minimum, heavy vehicles can still travel through. But here the speed of the heavy vehicles is equal to or lower than that of weaker road users. This means everyone has time to stop and be forgiving when mistakes happen, which they do.End

*1970 November – The Southern Sector of Hamilton’s Central Business Area – Town Planning Office – REF-S-711-552-209-931-151-HAM

Page 3, The two major non-conforming uses are ‘heavy’ industries

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