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Decision : 37 COM 7 B.71
Palace and Gardens of Schönbrunn (Austria) (C 786) and Historic Centre of Vienna (Austria) (C 1033)

The World Heritage Committee,

1.  Having examined Document WHC-13/37.COM/7B,

2.  Recalling Decision 35 COM 7B.84 adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011),

3.  Notes that a joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS reactive monitoring mission to the property took place in September 2012 and requests the State Party to implement the recommendations of the mission;

4.  Takes note of the information provided by the State Party on 31 May 2013 concerning the new project proposed in and around the Intercontinental Hotel, urges the State Party to provide the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies with details of the two proposed options for the development of the area and also urges the State Party to halt any redevelopment higher than existing structures until an evaluation has been made by the Advisory Bodies;

5.  Regrets the remaining visual impact of the developments at Vienna Main Train Station on the immediate and wider setting of the properties and also requests the State Party to endorse planning policies, in particular through amending item 46 of Vienna’s Urban Development Guidelines, to prevent similar developments in the future;

6.  Further requests the State Party to integrate standard requirements for comprehensive visual impact assessments in relation to the Outstanding Universal Value of the properties in its urban planning policies (including regulations for night-time impacts caused by illuminated advertisements);

7.  Requests furthermore the State Party to inform, in conformity with Paragraph 172 of the Operational Guidelines , the World Heritage Centre of any additional major urban development projects as well as amendments to current projects that may have a negative impact on the World Heritage properties, before any planning permissions are granted;

8.  Finally requests the State Party to provide a report to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2014 , on the state of conservation of the property and the implementation of the above.  

Themes: Conservation, Outstanding Universal Value
States Parties: Austria
Year: 2013
Decision Code: 37 COM 7 B.71