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Press release Passauer Neue Presse: Compromise: Five floors instead of seven

Narrow majority in the building committee approves construction project in Ludwig-Thoma-Strasse - dispute over number of parking spaces

At the first attempt, the city councilors had given a clear rejection to Bayernareal Wohnbau GmbH & Co. KG a clear rejection: A seven-story building with 56 apartments - that is too much for the building plot in Ludwig-Thoma-Strasse, according to the assessment of the committee and also the city administration. After several discussions with the developer and representatives of the district administration, a compromise has now been found. This carries however only a scarce majority of the Neuöttinger building and town development committee with.

Five stories instead of seven, 48 residential units instead of 56 - that's what the new proposal, which was on the table at the recent meeting of the building committee, provides. "We stick to the fact that no more building is allowed," said Mayor Peter Haugeneder. There had been talk of five full stories in a preliminary building application, he said, but then the residential developer submitted a building application that called for seven stories. The city and city council unanimously said no to this (the Anzeiger reported). Subsequently, there were several discussions, which were not easy, said Haugeneder, but in the end led to an agreement.

About this the town councillors were not however also unreservedly happy. The number of stories was reduced again from seven to five and correspondingly fewer apartments are to be built. The planned number of parking spaces, however, gives the members of the committee a stomach ache. According to the building application, an underground garage with 27 duplex parking spaces and one single parking space is to be built - a total of 55 parking spaces. Too little for a house with 48 dwellings, finds city councillor Konrad Estermaier (free voters), particularly since the parking situation around Ludwig Thoma road is anyway strained. There was agreement for this estimate from all parliamentary groups. "The bill doesn't add up," said CSU City Councilor Verena Mayer with regard to parking spaces, explaining, "We're in a quandary." Because at the same time, she said, it was clear that housing construction in Neuötting had to be promoted.

SPD city councilor Stefan Wienzl suggested alleviating the parking shortage in this neighborhood with the help of residents' passes. This would be difficult, said Mayor Peter Haugenender. "But feasible?" hooked CSU councilwoman Kathrin Räcker. With the help of the parking permits, delivery trucks and company cars that were parked in the streets and disputed residents' parking spaces could perhaps be banned. But that would only shift the problem, Mayor Haugeneder said. "Trucks and delivery cars are parked all over the city." Those who are not allowed to park in one street simply park their vehicles two streets away. "We have to accept that as it is." Haugeneder also pleaded not to forget that there is a need for new housing in Neuötting. He said he could understand all the arguments about the number of parking spaces. But: The plans of the housing company are legally permissible.

The Bavarian Garage and Parking Space Ordinance requires one parking space per apartment when building apartment buildings, plus ten percent of the residential units for visitors. So in the case of the apartment building on Ludwig-Thoma-Strasse, the developer must build 53 parking spaces. Bayernareal Wohnbau plans 55 parking spaces and thus even exceeds the specifications. "And we can't pass resolutions against the law after all," said Haugeneder.

Irmgard Rauschecker (CSU) demanded that the number of visitor parking spaces written down in the parking space ordinance (ten percent of the residential units) be increased. "This is completely outdated," SPD City Councilor Rupert Bruckmeier also found. But it is not that simple, Mayor Haugeneder pointed out. After all, he said, it was a matter of statewide legislation.

Incidentally, there was no discussion on the subject of a playground: according to the city's new ordinance, the developer is obliged to build a playground. This is planned, said Haugeneder in response to a question from CSU City Councilor Franz Wiesmüller. The plans show a roughly 60-square-meter play area. "If he didn't build it, he would have to pay a fee," the mayor reminded.

In the close vote, the councillors' reservations about the building project were finally reflected: four councillors voted against the building application, while five voted for the city to give its consent.



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