19 Nov '12

Political impact of land use planning

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door RK
Twelve years ago the run-up to the municipal elections in Overijse turned out to be an eventful time. The upshot was that the Christian Democrats lost 7 seats, while Dirk Brankaer's small Overijse 2002 list increased its number of seats from three to nine.

Twelve years ago the run-up to the municipal elections in Overijse turned out to be an eventful time. The upshot was that the Christian Democrats lost 7 seats, while Dirk Brankaer's small Overijse 2002 list increased its number of seats from three to nine. The background to the political upheaval was the general dissatisfaction with the policy, and plans for a new shopping complex, a new business park and the demolition of Mariëndal Castle. Brankaer, who is now starting his third term as mayor, explains why his (albeit radical) land use policy is  less controversial. He is emphasising the need for consultations and clear channels of communication. And above all, a policy tailored to the village and its people. Because land use planning may not only threaten a village's identity but also strengthen it. (RK, dec 2012)