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An exploration of the impacts of the 'Omgevingswet' on the collaboration between citizens, businesses and governments.

Detail Summary
Date 28 March 2019
Time 20:00
In Orbit
Copyright: Tomas Saraceno

At first it seemed something obscure to people in plannig, but now there is really no way around it. From 26 separate laws for a.o. construction, the environment, water and urban planning, to one single 'Omgevingswet' (the Environment and Planning Act) in 2021. The idea of this act is to make planning more flexible, simple, integral and proximate to society. However, opinions on the practical consequences of this act are highly varied. During this evening we will seek answers to the following questions:How did the Omgevingswet come into being? What is the ideological background of this paradigm shift in Dutch planning? What are the impacts of this new law on the collaboration between citizens, businesses and governments? Who will get more or less influence? And what does the new institutional setting mean for the future of our physical environment?

Everybody who is interested in law, cities and society is welcome!


Before diving into the meaning and the consequences of the Omgevingswet, Hein Pieper will discuss its history.

Thereafter, Daan Hollemans, Antea consultant and researcher at the Open University, will give a crash course on the Omgevingswet. What are the most important concepts and its instruments?

We will also discuss the case of Zaanstad, one of the municipalities that has seriously started working with the Omfgevingswet. Anne Langenesch (programme manager Omgevingswet) and Letty Liemerink (communications advisor Omgevingswet) will discuss how the municipality of Zaanstad experiments with this new law.

During this evening, a panel with Danielle Chevalier (researcher Law & Society), Arjen Heus (social entrepreneur Hoodlaband and Ariel Kozijn (legal expert at BPD) will discuss the cases based on their own knowledge and perspectives.

Organisation and Registration

This public event is part of the Omgevingswet Seminar Series organized by Tuna Tasan-Kok, Michiel Stapper, Danielle Chevalier and Martijn van den Hurk and sponsored by a Centre for Urban Studies seed grant. The public seminar is hosted at Pakhuis de Zwijger as part of their planning and development programme.


This event is hosted in the IJzaal at Pakhuis de Zwijger.