Chapter 8: Social cost–benefit analysis of an inner-city transformation project
An SCBA is a valuable measurement tool, but not appropriate for urbanisation processes or metropolitan developments. Adri Duivesteijn, 2009. The instrument of the social cost–benefit analysis (SCBA) has been widely accepted in the assessment of investments in infrastructure, but it has led to fierce discussions in recent applications in the domain of land development. Former minister Jacqueline Cramer, for instance, stated in a parliament debate about the spending of the budget for the National Spatial Strategy that this instrument is not always equipped for the ‘complexity and integrality and the long term orientation’ that is required in the decision making for these kinds of projects. Adri Duivesteijn, former alderman for spatial planning in Almere, even classified the SCBA as a measurement tool unfit for urbanisation processes or metropolitan developments. The recently published ‘Guideline for SCBAs of integral area development’ (Werkwijzer MKBA van integrale gebiedsontwikkeling) blamed the criticism partly on the differences in ways of thinking between economists and planners, and partly on the specific characteristics of integral land development.
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