Town Planning Review

Recent changes in the Dutch planning system: Towards a new governance model?

Town Planning Review (2006), 77, (2), 127–146.

Abstract

As with several other countries, The Netherlands is currently facing major changes in its planning system. Since the 1980s a shift has become apparent from government to governance in spatial planning. Nevertheless, many original regulations and instruments have remained intact. Following adoption of the proposed changes, the planning system should be more tailored to current requirements. This paper looks into those changes in the planning system which affect the governance model. It concentrates on the new model for governance (as presented in the National Spatial Strategy), the new Spatial Planning Act, additional land policy instruments, and the institutional organisation at the regional level. The paper concludes by relating the changes to the governance debate.

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