Switzerland: Mitage: an initiative that came too early for the press

Mitage: an initiative that came too early for the press

The press returns this Monday morning on the rejection of the initiative against the sprawl. Image: archive / illustration photo / Keystone

The press this Monday morning, after the rejection of the initiative on the sprawl Sunday, warns that the debate is far from closed and the subject will return to the table soon.

"There was no climate effect," says immediately "The mail". "The thousands of young people on the street in recent weeks have not weighed" on Sunday's poll, the Swiss rejecting 63,7% the text.

"It is probably easier for the voters to sanction the mafia practices of some Alpine cantons, which attract the Russian oligarchs and other 'traders' of the City with royalties in the matter of building permits, that of apply a minimum of discipline, "judges the Geneva newspaper.

As recalledLe Temps»,« This vote came after several resounding polls on the territory », the initiative limiting the residences of Franz Weber, in 2012, and the federal law on the development of the territory (LAT), in 2013, both accepted by the people. "These polls were probably too close and the popular message already given enough clarity not to return to the subject," adds the daily newspaper Lemanic.

Result "frankly bad"

"Prohibit any new creation of building zones in Switzerland today was to add, midway, twenty kilometers of climb to marathoners who had not yet finished their race flat," abounds "Le Nouvelliste". He recalled that Switzerland had already tightened its construction practices via the LAT, revised in 2013.

For "24 Hours", the Young Greens, "too greedy", "burned their wings" with a text too radical, bringing "to a real question (...) an inadequate answer". With the exception of a few French-speaking cities, his score is "frankly bad", the Vaud newspaper analyzes.

Going in the same direction, "The Daily Jura" (QJ) believes that the initiative competed with the LAT, which insists on densification. "While it has not yet rolled out all its effects, this demanding law was deemed sufficient to fight against sprawl," he adds.

The LAT, recalls the "Tribune de Genève", is supposed to answer the needs in zones to be built for the fifteen years to come. However, the latest cantonal master plans must be validated by Bern for the month of May this year.

The initiative, which arrived so much too early, was "almost a trial of intent to the cantons that would only shift the problem of nibbling the landscape in time, opening new areas of fifteen years in fifteen years", writes the Geneva newspaper. This error of the initiates, adds the QJ, could only result in the "burial" of their text.

Debate not finished

But the debate is far from over, warn the newspapers in unison. "Sensitive to the environment and landscape, Switzerland has not finished voting on the subject," says the QJ. Moreover, the new revision of the law of development on the territory, relating to the constructions in agricultural zone is in progress, recall "The Temp", "24 Hours", "The Nouvellist" and "The Freedom."

Political and economic circles should hear the result of Sunday "as a warning not to distort the LAT," adds the daily Valais.
The landscape protection circles have already announced that they would launch the offensive (...) if the law was to take water, "he says.

Opponents of the initiative, who claimed that the recent revision of the Planning Act was sufficient to limit urban sprawl, "will be judged by their actions," notes "Freedom." Because "a certain ras-le-bol point" in the face of land pressure, warns "Le Courrier".
Stifling elevations, overdensification in brownfields sold as eco-neighborhoods, architecture challenged by those who will have to live there, even some deforestation, spend less and less, "says the Geneva daily.
"It remains to hope that those who saw in this initiative of the Young Greens a remedy 'too brutal' treat the evil with the necessary seriousness," concludes the "Tribune de Genève".

Bad service to their cause

Just like "24 Hours", the "NZZ" believes that "the authors of the initiative have done a disservice to their own cause. "The massive 'no' they provoked with this discussion may be misinterpreted as a signal that the population wants no restriction. This is the game of those who want to undermine the painfully acquired principle of the separation of the constructible space and the non-constructible space.

But the rejection of a "well-intentioned, but no more" initiative, which addressed a subject that leaves no one indifferent, is not a blank check for the circles concerned, warns the headlines of the CH Media Press Group
If the clear "no" arrives "right for the forces that demand the widest possible maneuverability to build outside building areas", the Swiss have "repeatedly shown in the past that landscape conservation was important, "especially with the Lex Weber or the LAT.

And if urban sprawl continues unchecked, "the people will react," abounds the Südostschweiz. "And suddenly, the Young Greens will be at the right time, in the right place."

"The majority of voters only resort to radical solutions if there are no other solutions or if the typical Swiss compromise does not work", analyzes the "Blick". However, "this is not currently the case in the area of ​​spatial planning". But if it is not possible to control the urban sprawl and if the will of the people is trampled, radical solutions could find majorities, "warns the Zurich newspaper too.

The "Tages-Anzeiger", for its part, considers that "from the beginning, a massive 'no' was inherent in this initiative. The opposition, which included part of the left, was too overwhelming ", because" the need for such a rigid concept for the development of Swiss territory has not been sufficiently demonstrated ". (Ps / nxp)

Created: 11.02.2019, 06h58

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