The central government, provinces, municipalities, and district water boards have incorporated the policy ensuing from the Delta Decisions and preferential strategies proposed in Delta Programme 2015 into their policy and management plans. The central government has done so in the National Water Plan and the Management and Development Plan for the National Waters; the district water boards have done so in their Water Management Plans, and the provinces in their framework visions, Environmental Visions, and provincial water (management) plans. The municipal efforts mainly pertain to policy that ensues from the proposed Delta Decision on Spatial Adaptation. This is embedded into land use zoning plans and municipal sewerage plans, but also into operational plans such as management and maintenance plans.
The Environment Act, that will come into force in a few years’ time, requires the central government, provinces, and municipalities to draw up integrated Environmental Visions, featuring long-term strategic key choices with respect to the physical living environment. These Environmental Visions afford the provinces, municipalities, and district water boards a pre-eminent opportunity for connecting the Delta Programme taskings with other social taskings and vice versa. At the national level, the project brief entitled De opgaven voor de Nationale Omgevingsvisie [The taskings involved in the National Environmental Vision] constitutes the prelude to the National Environmental Vision.
The central government and the provinces must have environmental visions in place once the Environment Act comes into force. Following its entry into force, the municipalities have a period of five years to draw up environmental visions.
In the province of Fryslân, municipalities, the province, and the district water boards are joining forces in the preparations of the Environmental Visions, which both the municipalities and the province will draw up for their own territories. Rather than a single, collective Environmental Vision, this collaboration will yield jointly formulated “building blocks” for supra-regional taskings. The mienskip support group, composed of interest groups, experts, entrepreneurs, and local residents, will be actively involved in drawing up the “building blocks” for physical living environment policy. What sort of Fryslân would you like to live in by 2030? How do we climate-proof Fryslân? How will we address issues such as depopulation? In the Environmental Visions, the answers to such questions are compiled into an integrated vision of the living environment. This is intended to provide more clarity regarding the developments that can be expected and the desired developments, and to increase the scope for customisation and initiatives.