Playa Del Carmen, Mexico (PressExposure) July 14, 2011 -- In mid-June, the Supreme Court of Mexico declared Tulum's then current Urban Development Plan invalid due to the fact that it allowed for granting of building permits in the Tulum National Park and Archeological Zone. Currently, Tulum's municipality has as its primary task to create a new Urban Development Plan, as some Tulum real estate investors hesitate, and others move with greater confidence that the decision will increase property values, especially in developments like Aldea Zama.
The ruling came from the Supreme Court of Mexico in reaction to the unilateral decision on the part of Tulum's municipal government to grant building permits and change zoning within the protected National Park. The Supreme Court ruled that the National Park is in federal jurisdiction and any decision to develop parts of it or alter its status must be made in conjunction with the Federal Government. Thus, some development may be possible in the future, but such a plan would have to be worked out together with and with approval from the Federal Government.
Tulum's current task is to consult with residents, business people, and investors to develop a new plan for Municipal Development, which will be short term, valid from 2011 - 2013, while a more comprehensive plan is redeveloped. On July 8 at the Second Citizen Consultation for the preparation of Municipal Development Plan 2011-2013 was held. The mayor Edith Mendoza said that for "the municipal government it is very important to make such inquiries, since it is the citizens who through their proposals strengthen the drive to improve Tulum."
The general coordinator of the Planning Committee for Municipal Development (COPLADEMUN), Julio Cesar Alvarado, said that through these public consultations residents have the freedom to express and articulate their needs, demands and proposals to Tulum a place with better quality of life.
Topics covered during this public consultation included: Economic Development, Industry, Trade, Services, Tourism, Social Conditions, Education, Culture, Sports, Health, Welfare, Gender Equity, Urban Development, modern Public Safety and Public Services. Participants included civil society associations, educational institutions, researchers, specialists, NGOs, business organizations, professional groups, media, professional associations and society in general.
While some investors and some area professionals have expressed hesitation and concern about wghat they feel to be federal interference in the municipality's development. On the other hand, developers such as Aldea Zama are confident that the decision will not damage investment, but on the contrary will increase value of the real estate. Aldea Zama is in an especially privileged location next to the National Park, and walking distance both from the beach and downtown.
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