Arjen de Snoo
Arjen specialises in planning and zoning law. He litigates and advises on plans and permits, on the new Dutch Environmental and Planning Act and on the experiments that are being carried out in this context. He also advises and negotiates on partnerships between public and private parties concerning land developments and cost arrangements. Arjen represents stakeholders in proceedings on the crucial decisions and permits related to large spatial planning projects. He also advises on and litigates on matters related to pre-emption rights and expropriation.
Arjen regularly publishes and teaches on these subjects, among others at the Amsterdam School of Real Estate. In 2017, Arjen wrote a preliminary report on the renewal of the expropriation law for the Dutch and Flemish specialist associations the Association for Expropriation Law and CROW (the information and technology centre for transport and infrastructure). He is a member of, among other things, the Dutch Administrative Law Association, the Dutch Construction Law Association and the Dutch Construction Lawyers.
Qualifications & Experience
- LL.M. Constitutional and Administrative Law (Utrecht University)
Advising Commerz Real, the owner of the Amsterdam 'Twin Towers', the tenants of which are the Stibbe law firm and Akzo Nobel. Part of the estate is a large parking lot, partially built under Highway A10 ('the Zuidas'). The Dutch Government ("Rijkswaterstaat") needs to purchase this part of the building, in order to be able to proceed with a key project in national policy "Zuidasdok", an integrated project consisting of offices, a railway station, housing and (underground) infrastructure (railway and highway). Houthoff advises Commerz Real on the purchase agreement or expropriation. Houthoff has started litigation against the Zuidasdok zoning plan.
Advising a consortium of owners of the former NDSM-Wharf – VolkerWessels, Reggeborgh Group, Biesterbos Group – on planning and contracting issues regarding the redevelopment of this vast area in the Amsterdam-North Harbour.
Advising and representing Unibail-Rodamco regarding the development of a large shopping mall Leidsenhage (municipality of Leidschendam-Voorburg) and the redevelopment of the Zoetermeer City Centre.
Advising the Ministry of Infrastructure & Environment on various key legislative initiatives, including the new Environment and Planning Act, innovative environmental and planning instruments and land readjustment law, experimenting with new legal instruments and striving for creative solutions in complex matters. As a member of various expert teams, Houthoff provides hands-on advice to the projects involved, which include large area developments, harbours and large infrastructural projects.
Houthoff is the lead counsel to the private owner of the vast Dutch polder Duchess Hedwige (adjacent to the Belgian border in the southern part of the Province of Zeeland). Houthoff advises the owner and litigates against the Dutch Government regarding the planned project of the Dutch Government to submerge the privately-owned polder (more than 300 hectares of cultivated land) and turn it into estuarine nature. This submerging plan of the polder Hedwige is currently a major international political issue between both the Dutch and Belgian governments and the European Commission. Litigation against the State Zoning Plan Duchess Hedwige before the Dutch Council of State, as well as against the decision of the Dutch Government to expropriate 300 hectares of privately-owned land. An expropriation of this scale is unique in the Netherlands.