The goal of this study is to gain more insight into the nature of the underlying values in an area development process, how these values influence the process and how they can help in bringing it to a success. Project leaders of water authorities need this information to deal with issues of participation in planning processes. They increasingly taking part in integrated planning processes, as initiator or as a 'follower'. In addition, they cooperate with the Ministry of EL&I, DLG, provinces, municipalities and conservation organizations. The research will provide concrete leads and prospects for action to contribute to a successful area development process.