Open Space Preservation in the Netherlands: Planning, Practice and Prospects

Land Use Policy 25 (3): 361-377.

Posted: 6 Mar 2018

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Eric Koomen

VU University Amsterdam - Department of Spatial Economics

Jasper Dekkers

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, School of Business and Economics

Theon van Dijk

Lexonomics

Date Written: September 28, 2009

Abstract

Open space preservation is a planner’s issue that is constantly debated, in particular on the success of the implemented instruments. Assessments of policy-effectiveness face many methodological problems that are briefly discussed here. We choose to analyse the contribution of Dutch policies to open space preservation by comparing actual land-use developments within different restrictive planning regimes. The presented analysis differs from comparable efforts that usually rely on census statistics through its use of local-level geographical data and spatial analysis techniques. Our approach has the advantage of being able to analyse the impact of spatially explicit regional zoning regulations. In addition to comparing regions with strict and less strict regimes, this paper also assesses the importance of another open-space characterisation. The latter refers to a distinction in agriculturally shaped and exploited landscapes and natural areas. We conclude the analysis with a discussion on possible spatial planning implications.

Keywords: Open space preservation; Policy evaluation; Spatial planning; Land-use change; the Netherlands

Suggested Citation

Koomen, Eric and Dekkers, Jasper and Dijk, Theon van, Open Space Preservation in the Netherlands: Planning, Practice and Prospects (September 28, 2009). Land Use Policy 25 (3): 361-377., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1479803

Eric Koomen (Contact Author)

VU University Amsterdam - Department of Spatial Economics ( email )

De Boelelaan 1105
1081HV Amsterdam
Netherlands

Jasper Dekkers

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, School of Business and Economics ( email )

De Boelelaan 1105
Amsterdam, 1081HV
Netherlands

Theon van Dijk

Lexonomics ( email )

Grensstraat 81
Brussels, 1970
Belgium

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