Collaborative governance within the Environmental planning Act. ‘Changing planning processes in sustainable inner-city area developments with the implementation of new Environmental legislation in the Netherlands’

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Currently there are more than 26 laws with 4700 law articles aimed at the living environment in the Netherlands. The new Environmental planning Act will consist of one law with 349 law articles. Under the Environmental planning Act, more room is reserved for regional differences and for local customization in different development areas. In addition, various stakeholders will have more involvement during the development process. New, governance related challenges arise due to social processes and a declining role of the government. The converging factors that lead to this spatial assignment in the Netherlands require new forms of cooperation between state, market and civil society. From a sectoral vision, to a joint implementation, often referred to as ‘hybrid governance’, facilitated by the Environmental planning Act. The institutional framework on which current Dutch spatial planning is based appears to be not flexible enough to meet the demand of society to intervene in planning processes. The aim of this research is to investigate the new division of roles between the state, market and civil society under the new Environmental planning Act.
Faculteit der Managementwetenschappen