The first ideas for the Sand Motor date back to the beginning of this century. Initiators were the Province of South Holland and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment (Rijkswaterstaat).
A number of developments were brought together in the initiation phase which started in 2007:
- the ‘Geluk’ parliamentary resolution of 2003, requiring the exploration of ‘an integral, multi functional and sustainable, phased expansion of the coast between Hoek van Holland and Scheveningen’,
- the advice of the Tielrooij Committee of the Province South Holland, in their ‘coast booklet’ (In Dutch: ‘kustboekje’) of 2006, and
- the development of the idea of mega-nourishment in the Rijkswaterstaat innovation program (WINN), reflecting the ambition of Rijkswaterstaat to explore methods to upscale coastal nourishment.