Spatial Development Programme Caribbean Netherlands (draft)
The State Secretary for Kingdom Relations and Digitalisation announces that the draft of the Spatial Development Programme for the Caribbean Netherlands is available for public inspection at the following locations for a period of six weeks effective from November 3rd, 2023:
Openbaar Lichaam Bonaire – Kaya Amsterdam 23
Shared Service Organisatie (SSO) Bonaire – Kaya International z/n
Public Entity Saba - Power Street 1 – The Bottom
Shared Service Organisation (SSO) Saba - Matthew Levenstone Street # 5
Office of the Island Secretary Sint Eustatius - Van Tonningenweg 4,
Shared Service Organisation (SSO) Sint Eustatius - Fort Oranjestad z/n
What is the RO CN?
The RO CN contains the national spatial policy for the Caribbean Netherlands. It is aimed at the Public Entities. They must take the guiding principles from the RO CN and incorporate them in the preparation or revision of the island spatial development plans. The RO CN covers the following topics, among others:
- economical and multiple use of space to ensure sustainable development,
- future-proof housing that meets the needs of the population of the Caribbean Netherlands,
- protection of sensitive functions against the impacts of climate change,
- good water management to reduce flooding, drought and erosion,
- nature preservation.
Furthermore, the RO CN describes the measures through which the State Secretary proposes to realise the spatial objectives of the Central Government. In this regard, conducting a structured consultation between the Public Entities and the Central Government plays an important role.
How can you react?
If you want to react to the draft of the RO CN, for instance because you are missing a topic, you think the RO CN is too strict or too flexible or you want to express your agreement, then please send an email no later than Thursday December 14th, 2023 to email@example.com.
What happens next?
After the public consultation period, all reactions are collected, read and it is determined whether there is reason to adjust the programme. Afterwards, the (adjusted) programme will be submitted to the Executive Councils of Bonaire, Saba, and St. Eustatius for an opinion. After these opinions have been processed, the State Secretary will present the programme to the Council of Ministers for adoption. The adoption cannot be objected to or appealed against.