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How to combine strategic plans, partners and projects in a more interactive way is an important planning issue (also) in the Netherlands. We want to share experiences and lessons learnt in the ISOCARP/Antwerp 'community of practice'!
Combining multi-level strategic planning, partners and projects in the Netherlands

Abstract paper for ISoCARP congress Antwerp 19-23 September 2007
Arjen van der Burg
Jan Goedman

How to combine plans, parties and projects in a more interactive way is an important planning issue in the Netherlands (as well). A new spatial planning approach is based on an influential study on Spatial Development Politics (Ruimtelijke Ontwikkelingspolitiek) published in 1998 by the Scientific Council for Government Policy. Using this study as a frame of reference, best practices in the Netherlands and abroad were analysed and the outcomes are used as a basis for the preferred Development Planning (DP) approach. Most important in this approach is a different, more co-operative attitude from government control towards multi-level governance at one hand and reinventing new ways of subsidiairity between administrative levels at the other.

A new Spatial Planning Act (WRO, to be implemented in 2008) contains corresponding new rules for spatial planning. On each of the Dutch administrative levels (national, provincial and local), there is a legislative framework for three components of spatial planning: structure schemes, project decisions, and (digital) land-use plans. Structure schemes are the strategic policy documents that will replace the present formal national, regional and local plans.

New planning practices were developed on the regional and the national level as an important component of the new National Spatial Strategy. On the regional level all 12 provinces were invited to submit pilot projects, which were evaluated in late 2005.
On the national level four regional programmes were introduced consisting of a portfolio of strategic projects in which the central government has many responsibilities.

Parallel to this process the identification and development of integral projects of national importance, to be subsidized by the State, started in 2005. This asks for multi-level governance.

On the basis of lessons learned we are now working on a combination of visioning and project development not only on a regional but also on a thematic basis taking into account important policy issues in the Netherlands as climate change, deteriorating countryside and housing, integration and neighbourhood development.

development planning the dutch way
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