Sprawl initiative: no land to excavate

The idea is convincing because it is radical. In Switzerland everyone should
The construction areas are frozen today. No country should be more divided into zones
allowed. Except that it is gezzont a plot already eingezonte, equivalent.

So he calls the "stop sprawl!" Initiative. They presented the young Verdi, February 10, comes before the people.

Statistics speak for desire: since 1983, almost 2,000 hectares of land have been built in Switzerland each year. Soil is a limited resource and threatens the forest in the nineteenth century. And like forestry, the initiators ask, green today must be placed under strict protection.

But, as always, when an initiative persuades because it is radical and radically simple, on closer examination, it does not maintain what it promises.

In addition, the young Greens risk that with their referendum they will not stop or slow down the sprawl, but will continue to shoot. As the?

Unused construction areas are distributed unevenly across the country. Where demand is particularly high, in cities and agglomerations, most of the land is already oversized. In the big central cities, there are over 90%, as shown by a study by the city association.

Things are different in peripheral rural areas. Above all, the canton of the Valais has – from the point of view of territorial planning – a building land too far. Exactly these areas would benefit from a plan. Instead of less it would be built in the future more often in these mostly poorly developed regions. Not only would you lose the green that the initiators claim to protect. No, it would have also unnecessarily spent a lot of public money: where today it is still grass, first a road, a sewage system must be built.

On the other hand, a development that has just begun: the retro-zoning would be interrupted. Above all, the Valais will massively reduce its construction areas in the coming years. As required by the revised Federal Land Planning Act (RPG) adopted in 2013. The cantons must only show the land of building land in their construction plans, as they will actually be needed over the next 15 years on the basis of statistical forecasts. What is too much must have passed from the plan. In the Valais, ie 1000 hectares.