A development plan for Bahía de Banderas in the Riviera Nayarit has been harshly questioned by groups of residents, activists and environmentalists through an open letter to President Enrique Peña Nieto and state and local authorities.
Last September, the Municipal Plan for Urban Development was presented and voted on in a referendum, but community landowners in Sayulita, which is located within the Bahía de Banderas municipality, contested it and had its implementation suspended by filing a legal claim against it.
Now, at least seven organizations are speaking out against it.
“We completely reject the proposed urban development plan . . . which we find unviable and dangerous,” said the letter.
The proposed plan “infringes the fundamental right to a healthy environment that fosters the development and well-being of society . . . as it puts at risk the natural resources available in this municipality through an unrestrained urbanization strategy that doesn’t take into consideration the environmental equilibrium and sustainability, and the effects of climate change.”
The signatories believe the plan is not sustainable because the diagnostics on which it is based are erroneous.
“Neither the diagnostics nor the plan based on them take into consideration the land’s actual capacity or its available resources, favoring instead real estate market trends . . . the strategy is constrained by a zoning scheme that can be deemed as discretionary and arbitrary, and in the worst case, based on criteria foreign to the common good, because it lacks the moderation needed by sustainability schemes,” continued the letter.
One of the main strategies of the government’s plan “is the division of the municipality into ‘first’ and ‘second’ class communities, with the risk of unequal distribution of basic services like tap water, sewage, public lighting and waste management in favor of the former . . . this would brutally change the municipality’s social and environmental structure, cementing poverty.”
The plan “ignores and fails to acknowledge the accesses to the sea, which should be defined and defended by the population against the current process of privatization our territory is suffering.”
The letter cited several factual errors in the plan, such as giving incorrect geographical coordinates for an estuary, and the violation of several articles of the human settlement and urban development code of the state of Nayarit.
“Even if we reject the plan . . . we’re interested in updating it, and we are eager to be invited and to take part in a transparent process that is also socially inclusive and in which the participation of the organized civil society is a fundamental factor.”
The letter was signed by Alianza de la Costa Verde, Alianza Jaguar, Consejo para la Seguridad, Transparencia y Buen Gobierno de Puerto Vallarta, Mujeres Unidas de Bahía de Banderas and Observatorio de Aves de San Pancho.
The municipality of Bahía de Banderas is located in the state of Nayarit and lies to the north of Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco.
Source: Mexico News Daily - Milenio