The Administrative Court rejects the complaint of the Salzburg State Environmental Prosecutor’s Office that the nature conservation approval for the expansion of the Mönchsberg garage is illegal. This approval has now been confirmed by the Supreme Court.
The final legal hurdle for the planned extension building has thus been cleared. After years of protests, the opponents of the project now only have the citizens’ survey on June 26 left. However, this is not binding for city politics. The start of construction for the enlarged Mönchsberg garage with around 650 new parking spaces at a cost of 40 million euros is already planned for the summer.
Supreme Court: “Interventions only temporary”
In January 2022, the state environmental prosecutor had requested an external audit. In its judgment of May 18, 2022, the Administrative Court emphasized that the interventions resulting from the expansion of the Mönchsberg garage were only temporary. The project is approved with the provision of compensatory measures for plants and animals.
Species-rich poor meadow is being revived
One of the conditions stipulates that different types of plants must be sown on the new species-rich dry meadow in summer, including yarrow, clover, meadow knapweed, carthusian pink, bedstraw, St. John’s wort, dry meadow daisy, plantain, campion fly and thyme.
Operators consult Institute for Ecology
Helmut Sattler from the Parkgaragengesellschaft says that with this decision, all legal remedies have now been finally dealt with and that the legal basis for the garage extension is in place: “With the implementation of the conditions required in the nature conservation decision – which is carried out under the supervision of the Institute for Ecology – the landscape protection area significantly upgraded after completion of the garage.”