No net land take for Flanders. Towards a roadmap for the implementation of Europe’s land target Authors Peter Lacoere HOGENT Hans Leinfelder KU Leuven DOI: https://doi.org/10.14512/rur.1696 Keywords: Land take , no net land take, mitigation hierarchy , Flanders Abstract Since 2011, the European Commission has recommended that member states reduce land take and achieve the ‘no net land take’ objective by 2050. The objective was reinforced in the EU ‘Soil Strategy for 2030’ and is likely to gain further importance in the upcoming Soil Health Law. This paper investigates the feasibility and implementation of a no net land take policy for the Flemish region, Belgium. The new land policy for Flanders was announced in 2016, representing a paradigm shift from spatial growth to final growth boundaries. The paper uses a generic model of the policy-making cycle to assess the implementation of a no net land take policy at the national or regional level. We propose a roadmap of implementation in five cyclical phases for Flanders, but many aspects of this proposed roadmap can be applied to other parts of Europe as well. In the implementation stage, the targeted selection and implementation of land-use instruments is of paramount importance to realise the land-take reduction trajectory. The Flemish case of the so-called Bouwshift shows that development instruments supporting further construction at good locations are politically more popular than protective measures that actually protect soil and landscape but intervene in property rights. Downloads Download data is not yet available. Downloads PDF HTML XML Published 2023-10-06 How to Cite Lacoere, P. and Leinfelder, H. (2023) “No net land take for Flanders. Towards a roadmap for the implementation of Europe’s land target”, Raumforschung und Raumordnung | Spatial Research and Planning. DE. doi: 10.14512/rur.1696. More Citation Formats ACM ACS APA ABNT Chicago Harvard IEEE MLA Turabian Vancouver Download Citation Endnote/Zotero/Mendeley (RIS) BibTeX Issue Online First Section Research Article License Copyright (c) 2023 Peter Lacoere, Hans Leinfelder This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Articles in Raumforschung und Raumordnung – Spatial Research and Planning are published under a Creative Commons license. From Vol. 79 No. 2 (2021), the license applied is CC BY 4.0. From Vol. 77 No. 1 to Vol. 79 No.1, articles were published under a CC BY-SA license. Earlier volumes have been re-published by oekom 2022 under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License CC BY 4.0.