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BI explains counter-strategy to gravel mining – Deputy mayors explain: “Municipality is on two tracks”


The requested gravel mining in the municipality of Irschenberg is currently not being discussed publicly. The citizens' initiative Irschenberg therefore organized an information evening to inform interested citizens about the current status and the planned strategy.

The requested gravel mining in the municipality of Irschenberg is currently not being discussed publicly.

The citizens' initiative Irschenberg therefore organized an information evening to inform interested citizens about the current status and the planned strategy.


– What happens next with the requested gravel pit in the Oberhasling district of Irschenberg?

In order to answer questions, to show the goal of the land use plan and to enable a constructive exchange, the citizens' initiative (BI) Irschenberg held its information evening, which was attended by around 100 people, but not Mayor Klaus Meixner (we reported).

Although the first test drillings were carried out on the 5.7-hectare field in 2019, the municipality only started the project in November when Hafner Beton GmbH & Co KG, which has belonged to the Austrian Leube Group since 2012 and currently has 520 employees, received the mining application made public in 2021.

The BI was founded in January 2022, “since the municipality did not seek any reasons against the requested gravel pit,” recalled BI spokesman Florian Kories.

More distance - less mining volume and less traffic congestion

Hafner Beton wants to quarry 440,000 cubic meters of gravel there over a period of around ten years – plus empty runs and the many deliveries to fill the pit.

The traffic load that BI expects is immense.

The information evening presentation, which can be accessed at, assumes a mining volume of 770,000 cubic meters and over 120 truck trips per day.

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The distance between the gravel pit and the neighboring properties with the newly built residential buildings, which are only 20 meters away, is also critical.

The goal of the BI: With the designation of other concentration areas, the exposure could be significantly reduced.

But this is difficult because there should not be any large alternative deposits in Irschenberg, but mining cannot be prevented in general.

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BI is aiming to significantly increase the distance to residential buildings in Oberhasling and thus reduce the mining volume to a tolerable level - ideally in such a way that mining is no longer lucrative for Hafner Beton and the Leube Group.

A local small business owner could then step in.

But third mayor Tom Niggl (CSU) pointed out that the dismantling period would be lengthened.

The decision of the municipal council for a partial land use plan is available, an office has been commissioned.

At the same time, the procedure is running at the district office, which has to approve the postponement of the application for gravel extraction.

Once the decision has been received, the municipality still has one year to get its gravel partial land use plan off the ground.

BI concerned community may turn around

Actually, everything is going according to plan, and yet the BI is concerned that the municipality could throw this strategy overboard and instead conclude an urban development contract with Hafner Beton.

As reported, the municipality recently sent a corresponding draft to the company.

Municipality plans two tracks with urban planning contract

At the BI information event, Second Mayor Marinus Eyrainer (FWG Irschenberg) explained the community's plan as follows: "We are deliberately going on two tracks." The reason: There were doubts as to whether the route via concentration areas and partial land use plan would work.

Even BI's lawyer admitted in conversation with council members that "there is no 100 percent guarantee of success," Eyrainer reported.

But you need security.

If you fail, you are in a worse negotiating position, warned Kathleen Ellmeier (FWG Reichersdorf).

"It's not that we don't worry," added Eyrainer's colleague Regina Gruber.

"There is nothing fixed, only criteria for consideration"

A concern that BI does not share.

300 meters distance, 150 or even just 70 meters?

It's about weighing this up appropriately within the framework of the guideline values ​​and the situation on site in order to stand up in court - although there are no fixed distances, only weighing criteria that you want to seriously consider.

And without a court decision, it will hardly work, as a BI member interjected: "Either Hafner Beton complains or we do." The question is what the community prefers.

The goal of BI is clear: they want to work together with the community and find a common solution.


The EGL office will present the current status

of the determination of concentration areas for gravel extraction to the Irschenberg municipal council on Monday, 23 January.

The public meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the gym.


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Source: merkur

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