De ruimtelijke ordening en de gemeentelijke fusie

  • Evert Lagrou


During the amalgamation period, important changes occurred in landuse planning primarily under the impetus of regional formation. The position of the municipalities has not been strengthened. In the historical monument policy, the gap between the national and the municipal level is particularly large. This is also the case for housing policy, but the gap is generally not felt to be encumbering by the municipal authorities. 
After the amalgamation and the «politisation» of the municipal council parties, most of the municipal administrators have, in a very pragmatic way, received a direct line to the national land-use planning via party clientism. This appears to be much more efficient than the formal procedures of the urban construction law, the historica monument law, and other provisions. However, this does have the consequence that the people of the amalgamated municipalities feel little involvement in the land-use
policy. Some municipalities have tried to break through on this by the launching of a structure plan.
The political orientations of the designers and other land-use planning experts and the sometimes anti-political attitude of large groups of the population are not alien to the aforementioned pragmatism. All this, however, complicates the impact on land-use organisation by the local communities, which are still administratively powerful after the amalgamation.

How to Cite:

Lagrou, E., (1982) “De ruimtelijke ordening en de gemeentelijke fusie”, Res Publica 24(3-4), 559-576. doi:

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Published on
30 Dec 1982
Peer Reviewed