A new hotel resort with almost 500 beds is to be built near the Strubhäuslköpfl in Rußbach (Tennengau). And for this new major project, no environmental impact assessment is required, as the country has now established.
Exactly 484 beds are to be built in Rußbach next to the cable car parking lot. A hotel resort with apartment and room units including a reception, lobby, swimming pool, wellness, fitness and seminar area, as well as a sports shop, ski depot and restaurant is planned. There should also be 173 parking spaces for hotel guests – the majority of them, however, underground in a garage.
The preliminary assessment for the project is through, says Rußbach Mayor Karl Huemer (ÖVP). He sees the development of tourism positively. In the past 20 years, 400 guest beds have quickly been lost. The state has now determined that no environmental impact assessment is necessary for the project.
Equivalent to the EIA procedure is not achieved
According to the state environmental attorney Gishild Schaufler, the corresponding signatures are not achieved. An EIA procedure is only required for more than 500 beds. However, species protection should of course be taken into account during construction, for example in relation to felling work should only be possible outside of the breeding season.
In order to open up the paths, a nature conservation permit is also required. It is not yet clear when exactly the hotel resort will be built. The next time the area will be discussed in the municipal council in June at the earliest, according to the mayor.