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OIR-Platform: ‘Mega-projects and regional planning‘

On June 28th 2011 the half-day OIR-Platform “Mega-projects and regional planning” took place. 35 participants were gathered in the new premises of ÖBB Infrastruktur AG at Praterstern. The leading question was: Can spatial planning control the selection of locations and operate the design of mega-projects to minimise possible conflicts? Gregori Stanzer (OIR) chaired and moderated the event.

At the beginning, several major Austrian projects were discussed, ranging from the motorway A22 to the third runway at Vienna airport or the railway project in the Gasteinertal; additionally public participation and conflict management were argued (Heinrich Vana, Lawyers Breitenecker Kolbitsch Vana). The substantial pillars of the Austrian “Landscape account model” had been outlined (Thomas Proksch, LAND IN SICHT), due to the fact of mega-projects being main engines of landscape development and the need to identify compensatory measures at the regional level.

Finally project appliers/developers granted insights into their experience: the benefits from community forums were pointed out at the hand of the construction of the high speed section of the railway Vienna-St. Pölten (Reinhold Hödl, ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG) and based on the current EIA process for the Mur hydropower station in Graz the concern of a proactive sectoral energy planning and designation of taboo areas and/or priority zoning at regional level was formulated (Michael Wedenig, Energie Steiermark AG). The challenges of the current on-going network expansion of the 380kV-ring in Austria was illustrated and a framework competency of the federal state for corridor planning as well as the importance of informal authority-internal working groups were mentioned (Christoph Schuh, Austrian Power Grid AG).

In the end potentials of regional planning were identified: new directions of the region Vienna/southern region were described; whether in the context of water management standards, the landscape account model or the interdependency between transportation capacity and spatial planning. Regional impacts of project need to be discussed regionally, and information as well as coordination on the base of clear defined rules – e.g. on basis of commonly applied framework conditions – need to be placed in the foreground (Andreas Hacker, Stadt Umland Management Wien Niederösterreich).

Furthermore the instrument of territorial impact assessment, which is part of the Carinthian Regional Planning Act, was presented: It represents a voluntary audit tool which points out possible obstacles for the realisation of a project as well as spatial planning’s scope of action and project alternatives in an early stage of the project; therefore cost savings and improvements of the project are possible (Michael Angerman, Amt der Kärntner Landesregierung, Abt. 20 – Landesplanung).

With a summary (Erich Dallhammer, OIR) the OIR-Platform ended.

Programme    Photo gallery    Follow-up

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Ein Überblick-Impulsartikel
Heinrich Vana,Rechtsanwälte Breitenecker Kolbitsch Vana

Ausgleichsmaßnahmen auf regionaler Ebene – Chancen und Hemmnisse
Thomas Proksch, LAND IN SICHT

Eisenbahninfrastruktur - Am Beispiel Neubaustrecke Wien-St. Pölten
Reinhold Hödl, ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG

Michael Wedenig, Energie Steiermark

Christoph Schuh, Austrian Power Grid AG

Großprojekte und Regionalplanung – „verfreundete“ Partner?-Impulsartikel
Andreas Hacker , Stadt-Umland-Management Wien/Niederösterreich

Raumverträglichkeitsprüfung und Großprojekte
Michael Angermann, Abt. 20 Landesplanung