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Luzerner municipality wants to reduce immigration – with the recipe of the Green

It was the attempt of a taboo to break. As Bastien Girod 2009 linked in a position paper on population growth and the consequences for the environment, Association of the Greens national Council, two of the subjects had worn to date, and in advance of the right margin in the political Arena, the left-green circles were dismayed.

Ten years later, a growth-critical submission to the urn comes with the urban sprawl initiative of the young Greens. The referendum aims to prevent new development zones and the urban sprawl will stop. With a restriction of immigration, this goal could not be reached, the initiator.

No village, no city

However, the spatial planning can be to the control lever. The Lucerne municipality of Hochdorf want to implement in this way, the Initiative "high village slowly grows" by SVP cantonal councillor Beat master. Four years ago, the Voters have approved the request, which was also called "Ecopop light", at the ballot box, with 54 per cent against the will of the municipal Council, of the Executive. The voting campaign of the fear of identity and loss of one's Home in a community with almost 10'000 inhabitants no longer a quiet village but not right in town.

Since the adoption of the Initiative, the population in the 5-year is allowed to grow-on average by only 0.7 percent per year, i.e. about 65 people. The municipality is further obligated to issue construction permits if the building law meets the requirements of the. No but on new Einzonungen, although they could be eliminated as a so-called rural centre municipality of new building land. Also, the municipality has suspended the planned development of the station area.

Less growth since 2016

the measures will Work? In 2015, the village was one of the high-9400 inhabitants, meanwhile, are well 9800. Over the last four years, the population grew at around 1 percent per year. The increase is flattened for 2016 but, in the past year, the growth amounted to only two people. Initiator master with the implementation of the Initiative so far "satisfied". He admits, however, that the construction activity would be removed from 2016 onwards, probably without his Initiative – simply because, unlike in the previous years, not so many projects were in the Pipeline. "The Initiative is intended to prevent a new boom in construction," says masters. Whether you are acting sustainably, will therefore show in the next couple of years.

Previously, a more soft position. The next year Hochdorfs voters will decide on the Revision of the zone plan. The debate two variants. Common to them is: The municipality of leaves next to no new building zones. The difference is: variant of one-to-lets within the settlement area, a moderate compaction, regardless of the development of the population, while variant two does not create opportunities for densification. If the Council brings both versions to the vote, he will decide in the coming weeks.

The lead Council Roland Emmenegger (FDP) refers to the implementation of the Initiative, which he has rejected, or as "challenging". This is not only because, in the village half of the population growth, birth surplus – a development that may affect the municipality. "A good quality space planning with a moderate compaction within the building zones is only possible if the communities are free from theoretically projected growth figures," says Emmenegger. Fallow zones or dilapidated areas, which were to develop affordable housing that would otherwise be "stopped in their tracks and prevented". The community feel because of uncertainty – such as with investors and builders.

Emmen wants to Hochdorf

Ensure follow-emmenegger also makes the urban sprawl initiative. The new spatial planning act of the Federal government carrying the undesirable urban sprawl is already sufficient account of, he finds. SVP-member of the Parliament master, however, is the desire on 10. February probably approve, and thus "a sign against urban sprawl". So much of the SVP politician with the concerns of the young Green sympathizes: conversely, this is not the case. Lucjan Franzini from the initiative Committee of local immigration restrictions: "The culture of the country it is of no use if instead of in the high village, just in a different place, a land of culture will be lost, and new structures emerge." However, the village can't defend himself, only for high against the building boom. In Canton Lucerne, Emmen, a SVP Initiative pending that will restrict the population growth. Your Role Model: High Village.

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 15.01.2019, 21:58 PM

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