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Vinex ("Vierde Nota Ruimtelijke Ordening Extra", translates as Fourth Memorandum Spatial Planning Extra), is a policy briefing note of the Dutch Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment (Ministry of VROM) released in 1991.[1] Large outer city areas were pointed out by the policy for massive new housing development.

Main points of the VINEX policy[edit]

To accommodate the increasing population in the Netherlands the Ministry of VROM determined a number of main points in the Vinex-document for the construction of new housing districts starting in 1993. New districts had to be placed near existing town centers and had to contribute to the following aims:

  • Endorsement of existing malls (Increasing the potential number of customers)
  • Limit the removals of unsatisfied inhabitants in medium-large cities
  • Protection of open areas by concentrating the agglomerations around existing medium-large cities
  • Limit traffic between residencies, work and stores (short distances offer more possibilities for public transport, bicycles and walking)

The Vinex-locations also had to diminish the unfair pricing of housing. This means that certain households live in housing that is too affordable when compared to their income, as a result of which these houses no longer become available to households with a lower income. So they tried to solve the shortage of affordable housing by luring wealthier households to the more expensive Vinex-locations. Nevertheless, the Vinex-locations had a determined share of affordable rentable houses.


  1. ^ Jelte Boeijenga, Jeroen Mensink: Vinex Atlas, 010 Publishers, 200

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