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Cancun’s new urban development plan goes vertical

Cancun, Q.R. — The Urban Development Program of Cancun says they have made modifications to the current urban plan for the city, which will now see vertical construction rather than horizontal.

The 22 districts that make up the city will be divided into primary, secondary and suburban and will be a neighborhood with specific services and focal points says Miguel Ángel Lemus Mateos, president of the Real Estate Commission of the Caribbean Business Coordinating Council (CCE).

In the primary corridors, the land use will be mixed to construct taller buildings and generate investments not only in real estate housing, but commercial and tourism that will attract other projects.

The primary areas will allow highrise buildings of up to 30 stories and would apply in the areas of José López Portillo avenue, the road to Mérida and to Playa del Carmen. Highrise buildings of 15 stories would be built in areas such as Andrés Quintana Roo and Bonampak, explained explained Tayde Favila Soriano, president of the Mexican Association of Real Estate Professionals (AMPI).

The municipality of Benito Juarez used to consist of 180,000 hectares but was reduced to 90,000 once Puerto Morelos became its own municipality. This change was also a motivating factor for the recent modification of the Urban Development Program of Cancun.

Since the announcement, some residents of Cancun are demanding municipal authorities not to approve the Plan of Urban Development because they say it would be over-densifying several areas.

Although they recognized the importance of vertical growth, it is not valid to over-populate areas with 10-story buildings, adding that such a move would not be beneficial but only bring problems in the way of the supply of public services and transportation.

They explained that currently in the Cumbres division, three 10-story buildings are being built, which will directly affect the residents of that area.