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Local development with obstacles: Freising sets the course for Achering


Highlights: Freising's city architect: The church, the airport and the landscape conservation area set clear limits to the development of Achering. A change ban was issued for the area in June 2020. In order to ensure that property owners with building applications could not create facts in the meantime that might stand in the way of the planned development, a draft development plan was presented to the planning committee. The committee could therefore not agree to the draft. "These restrictions really make a development plan extremely complicated," says city architect Barbara Schelle.

Unobstructed view of the church: This is what the monument protection requires. And that stands in the way of Achering's local development. © Lehmann

According to Freising's city architect, this development plan is complicated. The reasons: The church, the airport and the landscape conservation area set clear limits to the development of Achering.

Freising – What should the centre of Achering look like in the future? This question has been on the table in Freising since May 2020: At that time, the planning committee decided to restructure the center of the Freising district by means of a development plan. In order to ensure that property owners with building applications could not create facts in the meantime that might stand in the way of the planned development, a change ban was issued for the area in June 2020.

Monument protection restricts planning

At the most recent meeting of the planning committee, the members were now presented with the draft development plan "Achering Ortsmitte" - drawn up on the basis of a catalogue of criteria approved by the committee in October 2021. The church is at the centre of the current plans – as the monument protection authorities want: the previously undeveloped areas north of the church are to be preserved as meadows or areas for agricultural use. In addition, the characteristic secluded location of the church is protected in the draft plans, the development does not move closer to the church. But that's not all: In order to strengthen the solitary effect of the church, the green area south of the church is to be continued as a rounding off of the village.

This is exactly where Karl-Heinz Freitag (Free Voters) asked: "The fact that the view of the church must remain unobstructed can be seen in this way. From our point of view, however, a corresponding green strip in the direction of the landscape conservation area would also be sufficient – we would release the rest of the meadow for development." The FW could therefore not agree to the draft. And with reference to the landscape conservation area, he added: "Neighboring municipalities take hectares of land from the landscape conservation area".

Werner Habermeyer (Greens) was also surprised by the "lush green strip around the church". His suggestion: "If the green strip in the southern area could be reduced, many Acheringians would be taken into account."

Many different interests in the proceedings

Anton Frankl (FSM) wanted to know whether the suggestions that had come from the Acheringer in advance had been incorporated into the planning. Because: "I want to have the citizens of Achering on board, they have to like their place." Mayor Tobias Eschenbacher's counter-question "How do you define 'the Acheringers'?" made it clear how many different interests have to be reconciled in such a procedure. Regarding the further course of action, he explained: "If we approve the draft development plan today, the property owners will be able to raise their objections. We weigh them up and, if necessary, incorporate them. With a decision today, we are entering the procedure. Without it, everything stays as it is."

City architect Barbara Schelle explained the problems that had to be taken into account in the planning committee: On the one hand, the area around the church was not easy, "the concerns of monument protection weigh very heavily". There had even been a viewing appointment with the administrative court, because in the eastern area it was planned to bring the buildings closer to the church. However, according to the administrative court, this is not possible. The next big restrictive issue in Achering: the airport – keyword noise pollution. And then there is the landscape conservation area. "These restrictions really make a development plan extremely complicated," Schelle summarized.

(By the way: Everything from the region is now also available in our regular Freising newsletter.)

Rudi Schwaiger (CSU) suggested expanding the scope of the B-Plan and still entering into the procedure. According to Schelle, it makes no sense to make the scope much larger. In addition, it would then be a completely different draft, which would also deviate from the objectives of the framework plan.


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Nothing is set in stone yet

City director Gerhard Koch tried to take away the fear of immediately setting everything in stone with the approval of the draft: "It is a completely open procedure. In the next step, we have to collect and weigh up." He warned against including in the draft areas that are still in the landscape conservation area. "In doing so, you create a problem situation that may block everything." And Eschenbacher added: The administration can only present a draft that it is convinced "works and can withstand everything, i.e. we can only submit a proposal that we consider legally viable."

Manfred Drobny was able to make friends with the generous open space around the church: "The design is coherent." And planning consultant Hans Hölzl (FSM) also pleaded for the proposal to be approved and for the actual work to begin as soon as the objections and supplementary requests of those affected are available. In the end, the majority was convinced: The draft development plan was sent to the next procedural step with 8:6 votes – now public participation follows.

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Source: merkur

All news articles on 2023-06-10

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