The passage of the second-home initiative made it necessary to re-examine a planned housing project in Flims to as to ensure its conformity with the new legislation. EBP was commissioned to consult the developer throughout the project development phase.
A commercial developer is planning to build two multifamily residential buildings with a total of 36 apartments in the Swiss town of Flims. These apartments were originally to be sold to individuals interested in buying second homes. However, shortly before the building application was submitted, the so-called second-home initiative was approved via public referendum. The passage of the second-home initiative made it necessary to re-examine the status of the project’s planned housing mix. This re-examination was completed in the framework of a market and site analysis and an analysis of competing development plans. EBP drafted a detailed comparison of rental homes and owner-occupied homes in order to ascertain the various advantages and disadvantages. Using these results as a basis, the target group was defined and a revised housing mix, along with the corresponding apartment prices and specifications, was proposed. Assessments were then presented relating to the subjects of permissible holiday homes (i.e. second homes) and permissible options for commercial use in the form of «rental units». The results of the analysis were used to revise the project’s housing mix so as to better match the defined target group.
After performing these services, EBP was commissioned to act as a consultant to the developer throughout the project development phase. The aim of this assignment was to define a market-appropriate and approvable project in terms of housing use.