Vision Outlying area Oisterwijk for decision-making before the council

Oisterwijk – In its meeting of 23 August, the Municipal Executive of Oisterwijk decided to submit the new Vision for Outer Areas to the Council for decision-making. The vision was created with the input of residents and stakeholders in the rural area. In the vision, the most important functions in the rural area have been brought into balance: nature, agriculture, tourism and housing. Cultural-historical elements are also included in this. In doing so, the Executive Board implements the assignment in the administrative agreement.

The Buitengebied Vision has been drawn up in collaboration with council members, residents and stakeholders. Initially, it was determined together with council members and stakeholders which themes and sub-themes should be described in the vision, including a prioritization. Stakeholders then provided their input in in-depth sessions and a discussion note was drawn up. This was discussed with the council to provide direction and then shared with the stakeholders.

Their response has been (partly) incorporated into the final vision. Alderman Eric Logister is enthusiastic about the approach: “All in all, a very detailed, careful process that has demanded the necessary time, both from our stakeholders and from our organisation. But the result justifies the delay we’ve incurred as far as I’m concerned. All the more so because this vision is an important basis for the new environmental vision.”


The Buitengebied Vision contains ambitions that provide direction for future developments within our municipality and strives for a balance between the most important functions in the rural area. In addition to ambitions per theme, specific policy principles have also been included, which form a new assessment framework for spatial developments in rural areas.

Harmonization of policies

As of January 1, 2021, the core of Haaren with associated outdoor area has joined the territory of the municipality of Oisterwijk. Slightly different spatial policy frameworks currently apply to the Haaren territory than to the Oisterwijk territory. The Buitengebied Vision contains ambitions and conditions for spatial developments that apply to the entire territory of the municipality of Oisterwijk, with which the policy is harmonized.

Vacant Agricultural Building (VAB) policy

With the adoption of the vision, an unambiguous VAB policy applies to the entire municipalities. The input for this policy framework comes largely from the existing Haaren VAB policy. The difference with the Haaren VAB policy is mainly due to the fact that the rezoning is no longer fixed on a specific function and the size of the buildings, but on a number of general principles about quality, size, added value for and pressure on the environment. and adaptability within the outer area.

Odor Standards

In the context of increased health care, the bandwidth that the environmental law will offer and the harmonization of policy, the Commission believes it is important to have an odor ordinance for the entire territory of the municipality of Oisterwijk before the environmental law comes into effect (planned for January 1, 2023). to establish. This is possible by assuming the standards that apply in the former municipality of Haaren.

Clear frameworks and flexibility

Many developments are taking place in the rural area, including the nitrogen crisis, the climate crisis, the biodiversity crisis and also a social crisis due to the many farmers stopping. There is a lot going on and there is plenty of social discussion about this. This has been taken into account in the Buitengebied Vision by striking a good balance between clear frameworks and ambitions for the direction we want to go in on the one hand and some flexibility on the other to be able to move along if current developments require it.

The Vision Buitengebied can be viewed at with the council agenda of September 29, 2022.

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