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Tulum city council revokes approved land use change

Tulum, Q.R. — The mayor of Tulum says city council has revoked land use changes that were approved in three instances in December of 2019.

Cabildo de Tulum approved the revocation of land use changes on 1,600 hectares that it approved at the end of last year. The Cabildo, headed by Victor More Tah, argued that he made the determination after listening to society and assessing the controversy.

In a statement, City Council said that by an agreement of all the members of the Cabildo, the determination was made to listen to society and revoke these changes in land use.

“Complying with the commitment to listen to and respond to citizen requests, municipal president Víctor Mas Tah announced that, in coordination with all the members of the Cabildo of the Honorable City Council of Tulum, they have decided to revoke the minutes of the Cabildo sessions held on December 19, 23 and 24, 2019.

“The members of the Cabildo heard the voices of the Congress of the state of Quintana Roo, organized civil society, and the citizens of Tulum who expressed their concern about the approved measures.”

Then “after a joint analysis and with the consensus of all the members, in the Sixteenth Special Session of the Cabildo, the decision was made to revoke the effects that entered into force on the aforementioned dates”.

The changes in land use that were approved in December created controversy due to the environmental fragility of the areas. Irregularities were also reported in the technical process of these land use changes, which significantly increased the density for the execution of real estate projects.

These changes in land use would have affected large areas of underground rivers with high environmental fragility, in addition to putting anthropological heritage at risk.

They say the municipality needs to agree with the federation on how to apply the new Law on Human Settlements, Territorial Planning and Urban Development of the state of Quintana Roo in compliance with the General Law of Ecological Balance and Environmental Protection in order to provide urban order to the municipality.