Zoning plan checklist

Business associations are often advocates for a good business climate. One of the things they do is keep a close eye on municipal spatial planning, monitoring which developments are underway and whether those offer opportunities for new and established entrepreneurs.

Business associations can also influence spatial planning policy on behalf of their members. For example by regularly consulting with the city council and providing input on (new) zoning plans. In the preparation phase of new zoning plans, there are many opportunities to influence outcomes. You can seize those opportunities by using our zoning plan checklist, which focuses on 4 different area types.

Zoning plan

A zoning plan determines how space in a municipality can be used. What can be built and up to what height? What is allowed to be done where? In principle, zoning plans remain in force for 10 years and consist of 3 parts: rules, notes, and the zoning plan map. The municipality is responsible for adopting a zoning plan.

Purpose of the zoning plan checklist

This checklist is a tool that business associations and other interest groups can use to easily identify the key components of a zoning plan or draft. The questions in the checklist will help you assess the contents of the plan. Does the plan meet the needs and wishes of entrepreneurs? Do the rules offer sufficient scope for development? Using the checklist, business associations can give a thorough response to the plan, share their views, and participate in the consultation procedure.

Using the checklist

The checklist consists of general spatial planning themes (in Dutch) and specific themes for 4 area types:

You will find a list of questions or key considerations for each area. Answer these questions or ask business owners operating in the zoning plan area. Write down the most important comments in a vision document or formal consultation response and discuss them with the municipality.

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