Planning reform beyond planning: the debate on an integrated Environment and Planning Act in the Netherlands

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    Abstract

    Land-use plans serve a dual function. On the one hand, they are programmes for future development, plans for action. On the other hand, they have a regulative function in relation to construction and land use. This paper investigates how the interplay between these functions is playing a role in the current debate about the new integrated Environment and Planning Act (Omgevingswet) in the Netherlands. Initially, the government proposed abolishing local landuse plans and replacing them with a system of by-laws. However, this proposal did not survive the debate on this bill. This paper will shed light on the relationships between planning and regulation by analysing that debate.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)420–434
    Number of pages15
    JournalPlanning Practice and Research
    Volume31
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

    Keywords

    • Planning reform
    • planning system
    • development control
    • spatial planning
    • Netherlands

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