Regenerating the Glatt area: planning work resumed
The re-routing and regeneration of the river Glatt to the west of the airport in the area between Bäuler (Rümlang) and Oberglatt will serve to upgrade a popular local recreation area.
In particular, the project aims to achieve the improvements to flood protection and water quality that the Canton of Zurich has been seeking. It is also an important piece in the puzzle for Zurich Airport's development capacity.
Under the leadership of the Canton of Zurich, the "Glatt Area Landscape Development Rümlang / Oberglatt" strategy (LEK) was drawn up between July 2012 and July 2014, with the assistance of various stakeholder groups. The Canton of Zurich suspended the LEK project due to the contradiction that existed at that time between the “Sachplan Infrastruktur der Luftfahrt” (SIL / Sectoral Aviation Infrastructure Plan) and the Cantonal Development Plan. Against this backdrop, the feedback on LEK from those involved was not followed up, but was documented.
Creating planning certainty
With the agreement and involvement of the Canton of Zurich, the airport operator has resumed planning work on the Glatt regeneration. The aim is to develop a project that can be submitted for approval and create planning certainty in and around the new Glatt area for all concerned, as well as secure the improvements to flood protection and water quality that the canton has been seeking. The project is also an important piece in the puzzle for Zurich Airport's development capacity. Within the airport perimeter, there would be space for important construction projects envisaged in the SIL. The regeneration of the Glatt area will also facilitate ecological compensation areas that are needed in order to implement various projects also envisaged in the SIL.
Launch event: project information and the way forward
As part of the project, the participation process for the Glatt regeneration has also been resumed. During a launch event held today, the airport operator and the Zurich cantonal offices involved provided information on the current status of the project and explained what happens next with the participation process. Attendees included not only experts from Flughafen Zürich AG and the Canton of Zurich, but also representatives from the municipalities, land owners and land managers affected, plus various nature conservation associations and additional interest groups.