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Source: Swiss Canton of Uri – news in German
19th November 2020
Triggered by the dynamism of the major tourist project in Andermatt, the government council, under the leadership of the Justice Department, together with the four communities of Andermatt, Göschenen, Hospental and Realp and the two corporations Ursern and Uri, started an ideas competition for the Urserntal 2040 tourism development area at the beginning of the year. In the meantime, the three commissioned planning teams have presented their proposals. From this, the broadly composed assessment committee should formulate recommendations to the politically competent authorities on the desirable spatial development. However, due to the corona pandemic, this will only be possible for the assessment committee in the coming year. However, it is already becoming apparent that the regional perspective is valuable and the start of an intensified regional cooperation.
Competition of ideas looks far into the future
The main aim of the process, known as the “competition of ideas”, is for municipalities, cantons, corporations and other stakeholders to deal with the long-term development of the Ursern Valley tourism development area across municipal boundaries. The major touristic project in Andermatt triggered a unique spatial and economic dynamic. However, this goes hand in hand with complex tasks and challenges that can only be discussed and solved together within the region. The established planning process does not provide for a winner, but is to be understood as a competition of ideas and solutions. The result of the procedure is a combination of the best ideas for the desired spatial development of the region up to the year 2040. On this basis, the assessment committee should provide the participating municipalities, corporations and the canton with further recommendations.
Corona pandemic leads to delays
The results should have been available this summer. However, due to the corona pandemic, the interim and final presentations of the interdisciplinary planning teams had to be postponed to autumn. This step has now been completed. The planning teams presented their ideas in the form of plans, sketches and explanations. It is now the task of the assessment committee to appreciate the proposals of the teams and, on this basis, to present recommendations to the politically responsible. However, due to the restrictions caused by the pandemic, this will only be possible in spring 2021. Due to the broad view of the entire region and the long-term orientation of the results of the competition for ideas, this shift is objectively justifiable. There is also the chance that the current winter season, coping with the corona pandemic or the further development of specific projects on site will result in findings that can be incorporated into the recommendations.
The first findings are emerging
The suggestions made by the experts involved in the areas of spatial development, traffic and landscape are varied and informative. It is clear that the community of Göschenen is extremely important as a hub for tourism traffic and further tourism development. The challenge is to improve the transfer relationship between the railways and the bus and to ensure a direct connection to the skiing and hiking area with a cable car to the Gütsch. Andermatt, on the other hand, as a regional center has important infrastructure and supply facilities. In addition to dealing with local traffic, the focus in Andermatt is on connecting the newly built hotel and residential buildings in the Reuss holiday village with the village. Hospental will change around the station with the planned workshop of the Matterhorn-Gotthard-Bahn. Here the question arises as to how this project can be used as an opportunity and connected with the local development. In Realp too, new infrastructure projects are emerging at the train station. Future opportunities also arise here with sustainable use of the biathlon facilities and as a starting point for mountain and outdoor sports. In all four municipalities, questions about the development of the townscape must be carefully considered.
The current status of the competition for ideas clearly shows that regional cooperation is central for future development for all parties involved. The individual communities play the most important role. With their specific strengths, they contribute to a successful and livable region for residents, guests and employees.
Inquiries from media representatives: Government Councilor Daniel Furrer, Head of Justice Directorate, email@example.com, 041 875 29 20
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