Land use plan AgriCo

A cantonal land use plan (PAC) to make the AgriCo site a pleasant campus to live in and at the cutting edge of agri-food innovation

1600 jobs within 15 years, a site that combines economic development and built heritage, a sustainable campus that is pleasant to work on and to innovate on, and that offers quality public spaces and green areas: the land use plan (PAC) for AgriCo, in St-Aubin, was put out to tender on 23 April. The PAC sets out the general framework, the principles as well as the urban and landscape measures for a coordinated and well thought-out development of the 27.7 ha site acquired by the State of Fribourg in 2017. Designed as a tool to create synergies on several levels and to guarantee a good quality of life and urbanisation, it will make it possible, within the framework of an industrial site, to enhance the architectural and heritage features of the original site, by coordinating several sectoral policies.

The cantonal land use plan (PAC) establishes the necessary framework conditions for the development of the AgriCo site, dedicated to the creation of jobs in the fields of agriculture, nutrition and biomass. It has been conceived as a tool that will allow each future project to be developed in line with the vision for the sector, namely a sustainable, open campus that offers good working, living and exchange conditions.

In the spirit of the federal law on spatial planning (LAT), its objective is to strengthen, develop and promote an existing and well-located business zone. In the long term, it will make it possible to profile not only St-Aubin, but also the entire Broye district, as one of the essential pillars of the agri-food strategy of the State of Fribourg. Close collaboration is planned with the Grangeneuve Campus, and in particular with the future activities of Agroscope centralised in Posieux, to develop a real cluster in this field in Fribourg.

Designed in close collaboration with the Cultural Heritage Department, the PAC will make it possible to reconcile economic development and the enhancement of a protected site, with buildings listed in the State of Fribourg's contemporary architecture census. Future constructions and developments will have to be harmoniously integrated into the site, with the aim of highlighting its heritage components to be preserved, the existing landscape openings as well as the original character of the site and its quality.

The goal is to create a true campus feel, with an open site, emphasising soft mobility and pedestrian flows through the perimeter and quality public spaces. An energy concept has been established, with the aim of rational energy use and increased use of renewable energy. A strong green axis is planned, with preserved landscape perimeters. Thanks to the PAC, the promenade designed by the architects Zweifel and Stricker, as well as by Kurt Gloor in 1968, which marks the landscape atmosphere of the site and gives it a remarkable quality, will retain its function as a landscape framework and will make it possible to provide users with an attractive and comfortable space as well as places to rest and relax. The plan also takes into account the Petite Glâne revitalisation project, which was put out to public enquiry last May. The necessary space has been reserved to guarantee the implementation of the revitalisation.

A multimodal mobility plan will be established for the site. Traffic and parking facilities for motorised users will be optimised, with the aim of reducing their impact on the site and on the road network and its surroundings. Motorised traffic will remain on the periphery. Only motorised traffic essential to the operation of the companies will be allowed inside the site. The PAC project foresees the construction of a silo car park for some 1000 parking spaces.

A public transport service will be set up at the site entrance, with the creation of a new bus stop. Two road accesses are planned: the route des Vernettes as the main access, primarily for site employees, heavy vehicles and public transport; the route de la Petite-Glâne as a secondary access, reserved for visitors. This dual access ensures a better quality of traffic. The possibility of creating a new road access will be studied as soon as the threshold of 2,500 movements per day is reached.

The PAC has been submitted to the prefecture, the COREB and the municipalities and authorities concerned for prior review. It will be put out to tender on 23 April for a period of 30 days. The final examination and the processing of any objections will take place by the autumn. Approval by the DAEC and the entry into force of the PAC are planned for the beginning of next year.

Due to the health situation, the public information sessions, which accompany the PAC enquiries, cannot be held in person. To ensure strict compliance with federal and cantonal legal provisions, a film presenting the PAC as well as the various documents related to the project can be consulted on the website of the Building and Planing Department (SeCA) and questions can be sent to the following address: seca (at) fr.ch. On request, information documents concerning the PAC can also be sent by post to 026 / 305 36 13. Interested persons may address their questions by telephone to State Councillors Jean-François Steiert and Olivier Curty on 6 May 2021, from 5.20 p.m. to 6.20 p.m., who will answer them directly. During the entire investigation, the SeCA will be available by telephone on Tuesday afternoons from 1 to 5 p.m. (Ms Charlotte Gautier on 026 305 61 51) and on Thursday afternoons from 1 to 5 p.m. (Ms Sarah Augier on 026 305 47 23) for any technical questions.