Why an environmental planning act?

Why an environmental planning act?

(The Dutch coat of arms, next to: Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment. On-screen title: The Environmental Planning Act. Room for initiatives. A better environment for all. An animation. Voice-over:)

CHEERFUL MUSIC

VOICE-OVER: Every human being wants a clean, safe and attractive environment.

(A cartoon figure is sweeping.)

We need rules to use our environment as well and as fairly as possible.

Rules which prevent issues, protect interests and help to achieve goals.

Over the years, environmental planning law has become an impenetrable forest

of laws, rules and procedures.

It is hard to see the wood for the trees.

It should be simpler. There is room for improvement.

But how?

The Environmental Planning Act, one integral framework

for the management and development of an environment.

The basis: less rules and more trust in the people who use this legislation.

What's going to change?

It forces us to come together to look at what we want to achieve in an environment.

The rules are grouped together logically. This makes things clearer.

Conflicting legislation is less likely.

It clusters plans.

It speeds up procedures.

You can see which rules are applicable to you per location.

You can realise a project with just one permit.

You can have more flexibility when it comes to meeting demands.

The rules are less constricting.

Who will things improve for?

For companies, social organisations and civilians.

For civil servants of municipalities, water boards and provinces.

For administrators, aldermen and delegates.

The Environmental Planning Act.

Room for initiatives. A better environment for all.

(The Dutch coat of arms, next to: Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment.)

Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment