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Re: Replacement apartment blocks being built

I'd say - if I buy a place, I know.that an empty or underutilized neighbor plot is bound to be used sooner or later. While I feel for you, if I put my money into a land, I pay for it as much not only because I like it, but also because I know it has so much of the building reserve unused. I must admit privacy and distance from neighbours comes at a steep price in Switzerland.
With the building land conservation laws since a few years the low density zones are either frozen or actively de-zoned in further places while existing ones are converted in higher density zones and the only new zones added are of medium/high density ones (blocks of flats, not even terraced houses). While I feel for you, you might be swept by a general mind set of a "densification" wave.
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Re: Replacement apartment blocks being built

It's not underutilised. There is an existing apartment block there. It's just not positioned so close to our border, and is within the current zone regulations. Of course zoning may change over the years. I am not opposed to the development per se - I'd just like some adjustments.
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Re: Replacement apartment blocks being built

Raise a petition, get sufficient signatures from the natives in your community and get it on the next “Volksabstimmung” [referendum]. Planning for building projects appears on the ballot every other referendum day. I voted against the last one.
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Raise a petition, get sufficient signatures from the natives in your community and get it on the next “Volksabstimmung” [referendum]. Planning for building projects appears on the ballot every other referendum day. I voted against the last one.
I'll talk to the two natives in my house (aka, "the kids").
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I'd say - if I buy a place, I know.that an empty or underutilized neighbor plot is bound to be used sooner or later. While I feel for you, if I put my money into a land, I pay for it as much not only because I like it, but also because I know it has so much of the building reserve unused. I must admit privacy and distance from neighbours comes at a steep price in Switzerland.
With the building land conservation laws since a few years the low density zones are either frozen or actively de-zoned in further places while existing ones are converted in higher density zones and the only new zones added are of medium/high density ones (blocks of flats, not even terraced houses). While I feel for you, you might be swept by a general mind set of a "densification" wave.
Agreed, won't be long until 'space' becomes truly valuable. At the moment, the high price only applies to some areas, but if you are prepared to commute for up to 1 hour- then space becomes very affordable.
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Re: Replacement apartment blocks being built

Interesting that my comment is confirmed in the Romandie paper 'Le Temps' yesterday.

'Avec pandémie et l’explosion du recours au télétravail, la proximité des grands centres urbains perd en importance, au bénéfice de prix plus bas et d’une meilleure qualité de vie dans les plus petites villes et à la campagne.'

with the pandemic and the explosion of home working, the proximity of large urban centres lose their importance, in favour of lower prices and a better quality of life in smaller town and in the countryside'

(and space!)

https://www.letemps.ch/economie/rats...-villas-champs
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Re: Replacement apartment blocks being built

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We've got a letter from the developer, asking to meet to discuss our issues.

That's the first goal achieved.
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Re: Replacement apartment blocks being built

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We missed zif 21. With that any development over 3000 m2, which this is, can go an extra story and be a bit higher.

Although this could be seen as two projects (it is divided into A and B), the gemeinde agreed to treat it as one. And that's more than 3000m2. It is good to know that the regulations are being followed.

However, we discussed some of the issues behind why we raised our (apparent) legal objections, and they're open to addressing our issues in some other ways. They want things to go smoothly and they want a reputation of being considerate to neighbours. If we reach agreement on that (or not), we have to decide whether to withdraw our objections, or continue the fight. If we continue, it will go legal of course.

No further information as we're still in negotiation.
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Re: Replacement apartment blocks being built

Everything went quiet for a while then we got an email from the developers asking when we were withdrawing our objections. It was news to us that we were!

So we phoned the cantonal buildings department and asked them what the process was and whether we actively needed to do anything. They said not. That the next step would be that we'd receive a letter from them detailing changes to the plan (if any). We could then choose whether to accept or put forward any new objections.

We informed the developers of this, and told them we're waiting for the official letter from the canton. "Oh ok. No hurry." I guess their initial gambit was to try to convince us we had no hope, and get us to withdraw.

Now we're waiting for the cantonal response.

In the meantime, families are now moving out of the apartments. It's a bit sad - some of them have been there for decades.
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Re: Replacement apartment blocks being built

Final update.

We and the neighbours got letters telling us the plans had been revised and we could go the Gemeinde Bauamt to check out them out. My neighbour and I went down on Monday and had a look.

It's really cool down there. They have a full 3d scale model of the entire community.

Anyway... we checked out the plans and the admin assistant kindly got us the originals so we could compare. The extra floors have been agreed by the Gemeinderat so no hope there, but the underground garage has been extensively redone to improve lines of a sight and safety. Also, under the previous plans, the rubbish bins would have been visible from our living room. They've now shifted down the hill and an extra parking space put in.

On monday some new plants arrive to help with our privacy from the new buildings.

Apparently, if we object further, we can continue, but we can't be bothered. We knew we weren't going to win, but at least this way we have some concessions and we've got the contact details of the project manager and architect should we need them. And there's the satisfaction that at least we didn't roll over a die - for what's that worth!

I'm looking forward to not living in a building site...
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Re: Replacement apartment blocks being built

Personally, I just don't get it why they approve the urbanization to spread horizontally instead of letting it go vertically. I don't think there is any difference living on the 10th floor or 20th floor but in whichever floor you live it makes a huge difference if you get out of the building into some greenery or just stay in a zone of all-concrete


Regarding the plants which are meant to "wipe your tears", be careful. In dense urban areas trees are often cut due to allergies of your neighbors or simply because it turns out their roots are destroying the urban area.
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Re: Replacement apartment blocks being built

Last meeting - this time with a representative of the Gemeinde present, and a representative of the owners of the land and current buildings, as well as the architect and the project manager.

They redesigned the underground garage exits to improve the lines of sight. This was due to one of our objections.

The Gemeinde representative confirmed that the Gemeinderat had allowed the extra height in accordance with local planning law.

We also found that they're going to renovate the school at the same time, to minimise the duration of disruption in total. They're also considering making the approaches to the school 20kph play streets which would be great.

They will involve us in the planning for the regreening of the area.

They confirmed that if our homes are made dirty by the construction, their insurance will cover that. (Obviously proof needed).

So, our objections have all been dealt with, we have good communications with the project manager, and it seems that raising the issues was a good thing to do. It's certainly better than rolling over and dying.
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