The municipal council can in the course of the second half of the year following the elections for the municipal council determine a municipal environmental policy plan for the purposes of the protection and the management of the environment on the territory of the municipality.
The municipal environmental policy gives more specific details at municipal level of the regional and provincial environmental policy plan. Within the bounds of municipal competence the municipal environmental policy plan can also complement the regional and provincial environmental policy plan. The municipal environmental policy plan must be in conformity with the compulsory provisions of the regional and provincial environmental policy plan.
The municipal environmental policy plan comprises a plan of action as referred to in article 2.1.7, § 3. The provisions of the municipal environmental policy plan are indicative, except the provisions of the plan of action made compulsory by the municipal council. These provisions are compulsory for the municipality and for the institutions under its authority.
With the coming into force of each new provincial or regional environmental policy plan the existing municipal environmental policy plan can be revised.
Provisions of the existing municipal environmental policy which conflict with compulsory provisions of the new regional or provincial environmental policy plan lose their validity ipso jure.
The draft plan is drawn up by the Mayor and Aldermen.
With the drafting of the plan, the municipality involves the public authorities, institutions and organisations under private law it considers most relevant.
The Flemish Government can enforce specific regulations concerning the consultation and involvement of the bodies, institutions and organisations referred to in § 2.
The Flemish Government can grant a subsidy to the municipalities for drawing up a municipal environmental policy plan or yearly environmental programme. It determines conditions and the specific regulations to this end.
After the appraisal of the voluntary execution of the provisions of this subsection by the municipalities, the Flemish Government can rule that the municipalities must draw up an environmental policy plan from a period it determines.