Real estate

Michaël Delafosse mitigates the ZAN and (lastly) settles the Union Matériaux file

The standard autumn actual property honest opened its doorways on September 23 for 3 days in Montpellier. In a decreased format, with comparatively few property builders. It was a possibility for the mayor of Montpellier and president of the Métropole, Michaël Delafosse, to talk instantly with the actual property gamers, on the beginning factors since his election in 2020, after the elected official had strongly curbed the urbanization of the town.

« It took time to grasp the terrain and talk about the frames of the constructing”, argue at this time.

Final February, when he introduced a provide shock with 8,000 properties in two years, builders wished to consider it however demanded to see. They usually noticed it: a number of days in the past, Laurent Villaret, president of the Federation of actual property builders of Occitanie Méditerranée, welcomed the truth that the SERM, promoter of the Metropolis, had launched 45 heaps and three,454 properties, in addition to 52,000 m2 of house tertiary, confirming a proactive political technique.

« I work in different French cities and Montpellier is the one one which dangers stabilizing the disaster, no different has sufficiently anticipated the landassures Laurent Villaret. The provide shock is greater than the PLH, and there are 400 million euros in works contracts! On this conflict, the novelty can be the mannequin: belief, peaceable governability that we really feel operationally, a way of working by initiatives with SERM and transparency. »

“In Battle Mode”

Construct, sure, however how and the place? As a result of the Local weather and Resilience Legislation units the aim of halving the speed of land artificialisation by 2030. Given the considerations of city planning professionals in regards to the penalties of “zero web artificialisation” (ZAN), Michaël Delafosse desires be reassuring and even appears to be resisting, assuring that he’s” in battle mode »

“It’s a must to just be sure you do not have a procedural interpretation however initiatives, throw the chosen one. Sure, we should scale back the artificialization of the soil as a result of at this time we’re paying the value. Due to this fact, I’m in favor of regulation, however in Montpellier, we are going to do lower than 25% and never lower than 50%! We can not deal with the Métropole de Montpellier like Lozère! »

Final February, Emmanuelle Wargon, then Minister of Housing, wished to guarantee communities that the discount goal was territorial and that it will not be lower than 50% in all places: “ It’s the actual consumption and never the areas to be urbanized that’s of curiosity “, had specified.

“Let’s not lock ourselves within the incapacity to make initiatives, don’t come to counterpoint France with procedures that can kill France with initiatives, provides Michaël Delafosse in line with a components that he now likes very a lot. In Montpellier, we need to tackle the problem of housing the inhabitants… They inform us to speculate industrial vacant land: however the place are they? »

The elected official additionally claims to work on the future city planning company: “I’m the mayor of Covid! In two years and three months, many issues have modified and we’ve taken large steps. However earlier than creating this company, it’s first essential to construct belief with the opposite elected officers. Immediately, the mayor of Montpellier is seen as a associate and now not an ogre! An alignment between communities but additionally between territories is going down, and that is very promising. It’s a long-term motion”.

Union Matériaux will depart for Cambacérès

Lastly, the opening of the actual property honest was a possibility for the Montpellier elected official to settle a file from thirty years in the past: the switch of the household enterprise Union Matériaux, a specialist within the distribution of building and renovation supplies (500 staff, logistics bases , 36 companies and revenues in 2021 of 154 million euros).

Nonetheless, the historic web site of the corporate’s headquarters is positioned on an ultra-strategic and extremely sought-after 40,000 m2 web site on the gates of the brand new Port-Marianne district. His presence within the coronary heart of this district, surrounded largely by workplace buildings, had turn into virtually incongruous. The file was already on Georges Frêche’s desk when he was mayor, and he remained there for all subsequent phrases with out anybody with the ability to resolve it…

« A thirty-year venture that was resolved in a yr, Camp Michael Delafosse. Port Marianne is shifting ahead, the tram is there, colleges are being constructed, the brand new Port Marianne Excessive Faculty has simply been delivered. There may be all the pieces essential to accommodate actual property packages and meet the housing wants of the town… Nevertheless it was essential to provide this firm, which is strategic for the territory’s financial system, a served, seen place. It will likely be in Lattes, within the Cambacérès space, as shut as doable to the transport infrastructure. »

Alexandre Vachet, president of Union Matériaux (and the third technology on the helm of the corporate that celebrates its centenary in 2023), underlines that the decision of this file was primarily as a result of ” political will » : « We’ve been ready for thirty years! We didn’t sit idly by: we progressively decreased our want for land from 40,000 to 25,000 m2, shopping for land right here and there, which facilitated SERM’s territorial analysis work”.

The household group invested in 2016 in a logistics base (16,000 m2) in Vendargues, and in 2021 in a second logistics base (25,000 m2) in Lunel, and transferred its Tile showroom and created a primary idea retailer in Perols.

« It’ll most likely take us 4 or 5 years, after going by all the mandatory administrative phases, to settle in Cabacérès, on a 25,000 m2 plot that enjoys glorious business and logistics publicity”, Alexandre Vachet says.

The corporate will thus unencumber its land, which is able to enable the SERM, now the proprietor, to launch the event of the Baume district as a complete. The Metropolis Council ought to manage a session, and Michaël Delafosse has already introduced {that a} competitors will likely be launched to nominate (in December) an city planner on the drafting of the district.