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

Willem Korthals Altes

Planning Practice & Research, 2016, vol. 31, issue 4, 420-434

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 land-use 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.

Date: 2016
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DOI: 10.1080/02697459.2016.1198556

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