A ban on holiday apartments paid for by investors: if Lech in Vorarlberg has been gold-plated since last summer, it should also be in Salzburg, demands the nature conservation spokeswoman for the Salzburg SPÖ, Karin Dollinger.
The construction ban for the investor model in Lech is valid for two years. Every construction project is examined to see whether it will endanger the livelihoods of the population, whether land prices will continue to rise and what the consequences will be for the labor market.
Salzburg municipalities could also impose building bans, demands SPÖ nature conservation spokeswoman Karin Dollinger: “You can also rededicate secondary residential areas that have not been built on for a long time – often for 50 years. We have to take an active role here, otherwise we will have other investor models on all of these areas and in the end nothing belongs to us anymore. “
Vacation homes are often rented out
In many Salzburg municipalities there are holiday apartments that belong to investors and are then rented out. A building ban is legally possible, says ÖVP regional planning councilor Josef Schwaiger: “Basically, periods of reflection do not hurt. But it must be taken into account that this very sharp instrument is used in a targeted manner and to the extent necessary. The communities have all of these options. “
Legal foundations difficult for municipalities
The ÖVP mayor of Mühlbach, Anna Reitinger, says about current problems of municipalities in the approval process: “It is difficult, if you do not want something, then you die, too, to reject and to find the legal basis.” There are currently models in Niedernsill or Werfenweng, for example.