Dutch spatial policy zones

This datasets contains a range of spatial policy zones from the famous Dutch spatial planning system, i.e.:

  • The borders of the so-called 'Groene Hart', the green open area in between the four large cities in the west of the Netherlands. We have included the borders for 1958, 1993, and 2004.

  • The New Town Policy borders from 1974.

  • The borders of the 'Rijksbufferzones'. These buffer zones were designated in areas with considerable urbanisation pressure and had the intention to prevent cities from growing together into a solid urbanised belt.

  • A shapefile depicting the VINEX-urban development locations from 1999, linked to the Fourth Memorandum of Spatial Planning -Extra.

  • National landscape delineations from 2010.

If you want to read more about Dutch spatial planning and the various datasets we present here, we refer to Koomen, E., Dekkers, J.E.C., The impact of land-use policy on urban fringe dynamics; Dutch evidence and prospects, in: Malkinson, D., Czamanski, D., Benenson, I. (eds.), Modeling of Land-Use and Ecological Dynamics. Cities and Nature series, Springer, Berlin, 2013. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-40199-2_2.

Some nice examples of how this data has been applied in studies on the impact of Dutch spatial policy, are:

  • a study on the effectiveness of the Green Heart and Buffer zone policies (Koomen, E., Dekkers, J., & van Dijk, T. (2008). Open-space preservation in the Netherlands: Planning, practice and prospects. Land Use Policy, 25(3), 361-377. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2007.09.004).

  • a study on the balance between densification and urban expansion and its relation with spatial planning (Broitman, D., Koomen, E., Residential density change: Densification and urban expansion, Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, 54, pp.32-46, 2015. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compenvurbsys.2015.05.006)

For more information, you can contact the authors at VU-SPINlab, Dr Eric Koomen and Dr. Jasper Dekkers, see http://spinlab.vu.nl/about-us/staff/

Data and Resources

Additional Info

Field Value
Maintainer Jasper Dekkers
Last Updated August 9, 2017, 11:59 (UTC)
Created September 29, 2016, 09:03 (UTC)
Status completed
Usage Contraints Free to use
Region Netherlands
Classification unclassified
Custodian Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL)
Contact Jasper Dekkers
Contact Email j.dekkers@vu.nl
Creation date 2016-09-29
Temporal extent 1958-2004
Bbox-east-long 7.228
Bbox-west-long 3.332
Bbox-north-lat 53.632
Bbox-south-lat 50.75
Spatial reference system EPSG:28992