Representatives from eleven municipalities and the two boroughs of Bogenhausen and Trudering-Riem have agreed to work more closely together. Against the background of growing traffic problems in the east of Munich, they are striving to found an east alliance in order to speak with a common voice at a higher level. The municipal council of Haar has now unanimously approved of the cooperation across city and district boundaries. Now more partners are to be brought on board.

It has been almost five years since a number of town halls in the east of Munich have become more convinced that they are looking for more cooperation. The first meetings took place, and Haar decided at the beginning of 2018 to work out local traffic planning. Similar decisions followed in the other municipalities involved and in the two Munich district committees. And so specialist offices began to take stock of mobility, the settlement structure and open and natural areas.

They submitted an analysis, workshops followed and finally a traffic concept with “concrete measures and projects” was created. Even before the local elections, an agreement was reached on a joint final declaration, which traffic planner Ulrich Glöckl from the commissioned office Schlothauer & Wauer presented to the municipal council in Haar. There, the paper was accepted unanimously, making the next step on the way to the targeted alliance. Other municipalities could follow soon.

A key point of the final declaration and the first point in a priority catalog of 13 steps is the “institutionalization of cooperation in the Munich East area”. The paper speaks of an “interest group” and an “Alliance Munich East consisting of the mayors”. The project management could be with a managing director. A joint website is under discussion. It should be about exchanging experiences, but also about concrete projects and more clout when acting towards third parties. An alliance to which one is oriented is the existing north alliance of municipalities in the northern district of Munich and in the district of Freising with Eching, Garching, Hallbergmoos, Ismaning, Neufahrn, Oberschleissheim, Unterfoehring and Unterschleissheim.

How exactly such an alliance could work together in the east of Munich is still open. So far there is only the will expressed in the final declaration and in Haar the municipal council decision. What is to come, remains to be seen, says Haars chief of building, Josef Schartel, who has been closely involved in the process in recent years. The Haarers, who have previously played a leading role in ensuring that they come together, definitely want to continue on the path they have chosen.

However, they would like to have the directly adjacent and non-participating communities Grasbrunn and Putzbrunn on board. There are points of friction with both neighbors, for example with Grasbrunn because of its commercial area in Keferloh and with Putzbrunn always because of the traffic on the B 471. The municipal council in Haar therefore asked Mayor Andreas Bukowski (CSU) to coordinate with those involved in the emergence of the alliance Municipalities to contact Grasbrunn and Putzbrunn.

Seven goals

In addition to Haar, the Munich district of Aschheim, Feldkirchen and Kirchheim also contributed to the foundation of the alliance, as well as the district of Ebersberg Anzing, Forstinning, Markt Schwaben, Pliening, Poing and Vaterstetten as well as Finsing from the district of Erding. Traffic planner Ulrich Glöckl, who teaches at the TU Chair for Transport Technology, names seven key goals to jointly solve the traffic problems in the east of Munich: 1. Inter-municipal cooperation; 2. Further development of the road network; 3. Targeted orientation of settlement activity; 4. More attractive public transport; 5. More cycle paths and environmentally friendly mobility; 6. Spatially focused settlement development; 7. Further development of the landscape and local recreation area. belo

Much of what the alliance is supposed to stand for is, of course, already represented and worked on at other levels, such as regional planning, local public transport plans and the “Greater Munich Transport Pact”, which is headed by the Bavarian Ministry of Transport. The alliance concept propagates the “massive” expansion of local public transport and significantly improved offers for cyclists. Settlement development should primarily take place indoors and landscape, natural and recreational areas should be protected.

The catalog of measures makes it more specific: it is about rethinking the land-use planning with “mixed-use quarters” for living and working. An inter-communal area register is a goal to determine potential for internal development. Topics include bus lanes, speed 30 in the locations or digital displays at bus stops. They also want to work together for the inclusion of large-scale projects in the federal transport infrastructure plan, such as the relocation of the B 471 and the Autobahn Südring. Administrative barriers should be removed.