“Community involvement in the Netherlands is organised with procedures,” an urban developer mentioned at the closing of a session I attended this week.
As a citizen of the Netherlands, I have been and am part of such procedures. They shape our homes and neighbourhoods. Whenever a developer or the local municipality has a plan, they publish it in the local newspaper and online. They may organise an information evening for the people directly involved. Then, when nobody raises their voice, the plan is approved, and the community involvement checkbox checked. Equally, there are procedures for whenever someone complains. It is all very well arranged.
For instance, when the local government announced that a path behind our new home would become a shell path, some neighbours used a procedure to propose a brick path instead. The municipality followed their choice, resulting in a complaint from another group demanding a greener option. We advised the municipality on alternatives, but eventually, they simply called a vote on shells versus bricks, and the bricks won. Community involved?Continue Reading Read More »