On 11 March 2012, the Swiss people voted in favour of the Second Home Initiative with 50.6 per cent of the vote and in 12½ cantons. Article 75a was subsequently incorporated into the Federal Constitution of the Swiss Confederation (see Our goals).
By voting ‘Yes’ to the initiative, the people of Switzerland sent a clear signal: “Enough is enough! Stop developing unnecessary buildings all over our small, beautiful country.” Thanks to the far-sighted verdict of the federal court and ongoing negotiations, Fondation Franz Weber was able to guard the Second Home Initiative against political dilution.
On 1 January 2016, the law on Second Homes became active. The apocalyptic scenarios presented by the construction lobby during the campaign against the initiative organised by Fondation Franz Weber and its subsidiary Helvetia Nostra have thankfully failed to materialise. Nevertheless, the issue has lost none of its importance.