New Gstaad planning zone rules define future development in the village
The long term architectural development of Gstaad is an issue on the minds of many right now, both in the local and guest communities. Last Tuesday May 25 2010 a meeting of the local council of Saanen took place where the new measures for the planning zone in Gstaad were presented. Architects designing the village's next generation of structures will be permitted to further develop buildings in central Gstaad, but they will be required to do so in a manner that preserves the unique character of the village. To that end, a new class of buildings has been established. These so-called "formative communal objects" can only be situated on the Promenade itself, and must embrace the preservation of the character, origin and diversity of the overall appearance of the village. If you read German, all the details are here.