Neufreistadt Covenant

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The City of Neufreistadt is modeled after the town Rothenburg ob der Tauber in Bavaria with surrounding valley. There are a lot of simple to google online sources for images to get an idea of the design. The townscape is dominated by medieval builds. Although the time period of the theme is indeterminate, the standard residential and/or commercial house is wooden framework, (German: “Fachwerk“), or in CDS jargon a “Fach“.

There are two types of buildings, structures and lands: private and public. Public buildings are not subject to specific zone or typology guidelines. These buildings and structures are directly administered by the Executive Branch of the CDS.

General guidelines for private builds

  1. Maximum height 20m
  2. Structural elements can be stone, wood and terracotta
  3. Roofing elements can be wood, slate or terracotta shingles or thatch
  4. External flooring elements can be brick, ceramic, stone or wood
  5. Wall elements can be stone, brick, wood or stucco
  6. Door and window elements can be wood, iron or brass
  7. Glass in small panes
  8. All buildings must have functioning doors.

There are two main zones: outside the city walls (O) and inner city (I).

A) Zones and Typologies:

Zone O – standard parcels: (Outside city walls)

  1. Residential only. Commercial activity is prohibited.
  2. Buildings in this zone resemble styles of alpine Europe and should aim to link visually with the style of Alpine Meadows.
  3. Buildings must preserve a distance of 4m to neighbouring plots.
  4. There must be a minimum of 4 trees per 512m2 of plot area.

Zone O guidelines – prim pool parcels

  1. Plots P280-01 trough P280-20 are reserved to supplement the prims of those owners of parcels within the Neufreistadt city walls who have tiny parcels and thus very few prims. One prim parcel can be purchased for each city parcel.
  2. The prim parcels are locked to make sure they are correctly regulated. You can request available parcels from the Estate Managers. If you want still more prims, you would simply buy a normal parcel outside the city walls, and in exchange, you would give up the prim parcel that the normal parcel is now replacing. This would free up the prim parcel for use by someone who cannot afford the expense of purchasing a normal parcel outside the walls to use as a prim parcel.
  3. This exchange is on a parcel by parcel basis, so that for each normal parcel purchased, you would give up one of your owned prim parcels. The purchase of any additional normal parcels would be treated the same, with the exchange of one owned prim parcel for each normal parcel purchased.

The property situation that emerged before 15.10.2017 is grandfathered.

Zone I: (Inner city)

  1. A person may not hold more than 2 plots or more than 1024 sqm in the inner city.
  2. Commercial and residential use.
  3. All plots must have buildings.
  4. All buildings must be in a Medieval Germanic urban style.
  5. All structures must be placed immediately adjacent to a street or connect to it via a path.
  6. The houses adjacent to the Platz (Marketplace) must have an entrance facing the Platz. Ground floor must be devoted to commercial purposes, upstairs may be residential. Owners may apply for free use of the Platz area in front of their parcel for moveable objects such as tables or chairs. Those objects must be ‘shared’ with the LV group so they can be moved by the estate Managers if necessary for special events etc.

Redevelopment Project in the Inner City and Consequences

Since the city has become outdated (as of Oct. 2018) and there are very few prefabricated fachwerks, while it is pretty hard for citizens with intermediate building skills to make their own competitive level build for the inner city, the elite builders of CDS have started a renovation project with approval of the Citizenry. In case you want to join this project contact the Chancellor and/or the Guild.

There are three measures taken:

  1. The dated houses are replaced with contemporary ones that reflect the latest state of the art.
  2. The new houses are anchored to public land, with two effects:
    • The land impact of the house does no longer count against the capacity of the parcel, giving inhabitants more headroom to rezz their own interior objects.
    • The house can no longer be returned by the parcel owner. Make sure you like what you buy, although there is a script for texture changing in the making, further customizations are quite unlikely to happen.
  3. The new houses are “densified“, that is the given 4x4m rectangular parcel grid is ignored where it makes sense and adjacent houses are condensed to block ensembles. This leads to a more realistic look and more space for the inhabitants. The workarounds for rezzing outside the parcel borders are described in a notecard to be found in the Tier Box of those parcels.

Note: this renovation takes place either with the agreement of current owners (you can apply for an update as well), or as parcels become vacant / available and the builders find time to work on them. Nobody who currently owns a building will be forced to give up their property for redevelopment.

These covenants were approved by the 22nd RA, April 19, 2015 and modified by the 27th RA Oct. 15, 2017 and the 30th RA Jan. 7, 2019.