Town Planning Review

Land-policy instruments for densification: the Dutch quest for control

Town Planning Review (2020), 91, (3), 239–258.


Land-policy instruments are important to local governments for the implementation of densification. This article explores the factors behind local governments’ motives that determine the use of specific land-policy instruments to achieve densification. The aim is to increase understanding of how available land-policy instruments are applied in practice by local governments to realise housing development at inner-urban locations. In-depth analysis comparing two Dutch municipalities shows that common underlying factors explain municipal land-policy applications, while available instruments are used differently. Insights into these factors help to explain local governments’ behaviour regarding land-policy instruments.

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Meijer, Rick

Jonkman, Arend