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For two hours, the people of Piesenkamer discuss the future of their town centre


Highlights: For two hours, the people of Piesenkamer discuss the future of their town centre. Urban planner proposes closure of Warngauer Straße for motor vehicle traffic. Two requests to establish a community hall as a meeting place were finally granted. The aim must be to slow down traffic to and from Tölz as well as for traffic jam drivers. There are plans to tackle the projects in Schaftlach and at the same time a chic persones, underground car park and a cycle path.

Status: 04.12.2023, 12:36 p.m.

By: Alexandra Korimorth

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Around 60 people from Piesenkamer had come to the small fire station to discuss the future of their village with Mayor Norbert Kerkel (left). © Ak

The fact that they care about the future of their village was proven by around 60 Piesenkamers who recently came to an information event of the municipality in the small fire station. The focus of the evening was on the development of the new village centre.

Piesenkam – As is well known, the municipality of Waakirchen has acquired the former jewellery estate in order to create affordable housing on the site at the Löschweiher between Sachsenkamer Straße, Warngauer Straße and Hartpenninger Weg. The future of Piesenkam and the centre was the subject of a citizens' meeting. "We're showing what we're planning, but these are just initial ideas. Nothing is set in stone yet," explained Mayor Norbert Kerkel (FWG) in his welcome address. "We are here today to find out: What does Piesenkam want?" he added, opening a discussion that lasted almost two hours.

Urban planner proposes closure of Warngauer Straße for motor vehicle traffic

The basis for this was a rough urban planning framework plan by urban planner Vera Winzinger. Piesenkam had taken a close look at it with its landmark buildings, room edges, gabled arbors and façade-wide balconies and uncovered the problem areas in Warngauer Straße and Hartpenninger Weg. Their suggestion: close Warngauer Straße and keep it open only for residents, cyclists and pedestrians, consider a café and public toilets in one of the houses "Am Löschweiher" and provide a footpath on Hartpenninger Weg.

Through traffic as a central problem for the people of Piesenkamer

As a result, numerous pro and con arguments rained down on Kerkel, his managing director and head of the building authority. The traffic that floods the small town in the mornings and evenings, and even more so on weekends, turned out to be the core problem: too much, too loud, too fast, too reckless. The aim must be to slow down traffic and make Piesenkam unattractive for through and commuter traffic to and from Tölz as well as for traffic jam drivers. Time-controllable, retractable traffic bollards, a cycle path and footpath, a play street, a traffic light system, traffic island, targeted road bends, control of navigation apps, clearly marked pavements, a right-before-left regulation, the installation of speed cameras and pictograms were just some of the suggestions that are intended to remedy the situation according to the wishes of the people of Piesenkam.

Waakirchen housing association to build apartments

Kerkel suggested a traffic evaluation in order to then take meaningful and targeted measures based on numbers. Since the majority of the people of Piesenkam were enthusiastic about the idea of a town centre with a meeting place, playground equipment for children and a curling rink, they were curious to see what this town centre could look like structurally. Luitpold Grabmeyer, full-time managing director of the Waakirchen housing association (WBW-KU), explained the idea of building three residential buildings with condominiums on the northern slope of the land, which was also acquired by the municipality, through the sale of which buildings 4 and 5 are then to be financed with affordable apartments. "Locals would be given preference," Grabmeyer said. He was reluctant to get carried away with details such as the number of apartments in the two buildings ("about a dozen"), apartment size ("about 60 to 75 square meters") and prices per square meter in this preliminary stage of the planning phase. However, there are plans to tackle the projects in Schaftlach and Piesenkam at the same time.

Piesenkamer citizen says: "We don't need a chic person"

After a short discussion about cubatures and underground car park accesses, about the long-awaited cycle path between Piesenkam and Schaftlach and the proposal of the fire brigade to add one floor to their fire station and to establish a community hall for Piesenkam as a meeting place, there were finally two requests to the mayor. Municipal councillor Alexander Mayr (CSU) called for a change of perspective and not only to look at the corner "Am Löschweiher", but to expand the picture with a view of the bypass planned for Bad Tölz. A local resident asked for the new town centre to fit in with Piesenkam in terms of construction: "We don't need a chic one. It's supposed to be a gem," he says, referring to the current jewellery estate, which is clearly showing its age and is to be demolished in the course of project development.


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Kerkel thanked for the suggestions and impulses and promised: "Today will not be the last round in terms of Piesenkam's village center."


Source: merkur

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