Lyon Confluence - everybody is involved

Developing a new neighbourhood in a city is impossible without citizen participation. Time dedicated to the exchange of ideas and to consultation has played a constant role in the project since launch. In La Confluence, it is always possible to participate and give your point of view.  



Historical and regulatory consultation 

In 1998/99, a large exhibition "Lyon Confluence, an urban development project” presented the site's potential to nearly 24,000 visitors and enabled 1,000 comments and suggestions to be collected. The exhibition marked the beginning of the consultation process and an exchange of ideas with Lyon's residents.
The creation of the two phases also involved regulatory consultations:

  • In 2003, four preliminary public meetings were held before Phase 1 was created
  • In 2008 and 2009, prior to the creation of Phase 2, six themed workshops were held, an exhibition-journey called "My city tomorrow" was created, enabling written comments and suggestions to be collected, as was the interactive website,
  • In spring 2016, consultation on the redevelopment of the Perrache station sector enabled 247 written opinions to be collected (see Close-up).

Continuous consultation

The public spaces are subject to continuous consultation throughout their design to ensure that they correspond as well as possible to the ways residents use them. Consultations were held in 2011 for the redevelopment of the Camille-Georges and Renée-Dufourt squares. The redevelopment project for the Saone Embankments was presented and debated at each phase of its conception between 2011 and 2014. The construction and the building sites were also then organised to take users into account and minimise inconvenience (meetings with users / newsletter / signage / a dedicated email address). Once delivered and in use, the public spaces may still be adapted if needed. This happened, for example, in the case of Port Rambaud where a new foot path was created.

Encouraging face-to-face meetings 

SPL Lyon Confluence has always aimed to create a dialogue with those who make the neighbourhood what it is: initially with the existing residents and stakeholders in the Sainte Blandine district, and then with residents and employees moving into the new Confluence neighbourhood as well as with the city’s key organisations. In 1999, a welcome and information centre, also dedicated to public consultation was created. In 2006, a dedicated “space for all” was opened: La Maison de La Confluence (see dedicated webpage). The participative monitoring committee (launched the same year) meets three times per year to bring together stakeholders in the neighbourhood's socio-economic and cultural life and in its governance. It is chaired by Greater Lyon’s Vice-President for Participative Democracy, and provides a forum to ensure its members are the first to receive project news, to listen to their concerns and ideas, and to exchange ideas and discuss topics of their choice. Welcome evenings for new residents that Lyon Confluence has organised since 2010, provide an opportunity to build links between new and existing residents in the neighbourhood. They are also an opportunity to share good practices in food, gardening and transport corresponding with WWF's recommendations (link to dedicated webpage).

Increased communication 

The website, mobile phone app, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are all modern, simple and flexible ways Lyon Confluence uses to communicate with its audience. It passes on project updates and news about community life in the neighbourhood, exchanges ideas informally and instantly with anybody who wants to join in. In particular, with those who are not able to go and see for themselves. 

Meetings and dates for your diary: click here.


Year of first consultation

6 981
Number of visitors welcomed to the Maison de La Confluence in 2015



Let's open up Perrache

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The consultation Let's open Perrache was organised to inform the public and invite them to comment on the redevelopment project for the Perrache station. It took place on the 17 and 18 May 2016. 247 opinions were collated, mainly concerning the redevelopment of public spaces and public transport. An evaluation of the consultation is being written and will be made available in the autumn.
In order to enable the public to stay informed, give their opinions and ask questions, the full details were made available:


  • On the internet site
  • By email
  • On the Facebook page "Let's open up Perrache"
  • At a public meeting presenting the whole project, 
  • At three themed workshops: "Let's open up Perrache", "Moving through Perrache", "Let's connect Perrache".