Fonatur supports territorial regulation on the Mayan Train route

Cancun, QR. The National Fund for the Promotion of Tourism (Fonatur) announced that, as part of the Urban Development and Territorial Planning strategy on the route of the Maya Trend, advance in updating and creating urban-territorial planning instruments at the regional, state, municipal and local levels.

The agency has provided technical inputs for the creation of these instruments in Tulum, Bacalar and Mérida; While, for the Metropolitan Zones of Cancun and Chetumal, as well as the municipalities of Felipe Carrillo Puerto (FCP), Calkiní and Othón P. Blanco and the population centers of Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen and Puerto Aventuras, it has issued comments and recommendations. techniques.

Likewise, it works in coordination with the municipalities of Valladolid, Escárcega, Calakmul, Campeche, Palenque and Maxcanú to advance in the elaboration and implementation of the Municipal and Partial Urban Development Programs (PMDU).

In addition, together with UN-Habitat and the National Institute of Federalism and Municipal Development (INAFED) they organized the course “Maya Trend: Territorial and Urban Planning in the Southeast ”, where 219 municipal officials from all over the Southeast were trained.

Among the land uses contemplated in these instruments are mixed uses that will include public spaces, green areas, sustainable mobility, equipment, services and infrastructure, taking advantage of this process as a driving force for economic, sustained social and inclusive development of environmental protection.


It is worth mentioning that some of the urban regulation instruments in which it has participated Fonatur have been disputed by the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat).

Such is the case of the Municipal Program for Territorial, Ecological and Sustainable Urban Development (PMOTEDUS), which was approved only on August 31 of this year in a council session to be published with unusual speed, the following day, in the Newspaper. Official of the State, with which it entered into force since last September.

Said urban planning instrument already foresees the construction of the station and the urban growth coupled with the Maya Trend, as well as the Tulum International Airport.

However, in a letter sent to the municipal government, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) states that “it does not recognize the PMOTEDUS of FCP as an instrument for territorial planning, so it will not be taken into account for the evaluation of environmental impact manifestations, technical studies justifying the change of land use in forest lands and risk study, to obtain permits and concessions. Likewise, it is reported that Semarnat will initiate a legal and juridical procedure for its invalidity ”.

In an interview with El Economista, last September, Joel Ciau, then director of Urban Development of the Felipe Carrillo Puerto city council, commented that the document, at the request of Fonatur, assigns the corresponding land use focused on infrastructure on around 2,400 hectares to the north of the municipality, where the new Tulum airport will be located.

Fonatur mentioned to us what these projects require (airport and Maya Trend) to generate this municipal ordinance ”, commented the official.

Regarding the Maya Trend, stated that the document designates a commercial and infrastructure land use over an area of ​​around 600 hectares for the station and subsequent urban development around the railroad.

The use of commercial land assigned to the areas of influence of the Maya Trend, he said, aims to benefit the local population as artisans or farmers in the field so that they can offer their products to tourism that will travel through the railroad, in addition to mobilizing the agricultural production of the municipality, as he recalled that the train will offer freight service.

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