A noticeable trend taking shape in Playa Del Carmen has been to incorporate environment-friendly (or sustainable design) aspects into the design of the properties. In the subdivisions of Playacar and the yet to be developed ¨La Escondida¨ community - located across the highway for Playacar- some of the innovative features are focused on renewable energy, photovoltaic cell, and wind turbines. In addition to rain-water capture and use of natural vegetation, the La Escondida community is planned to include an easy recycling program and a green shuttle service. The eco-community aims to use solar power and keeps much of the natural vegetation in tact, and combines a state-of-the-art development using the most energy efficient designs. Buyers have been noticing these trends, and taking them into consideration.
One of several movements to help promote this direction took place early in September 2010, with a presentation from the municipal government to outline an urban development for Puerto Aventuras, Akumal and Playa del Carmen in a way considering short-term, mid-term and long-term sustainability. Members of the Housing and Urban Development of the aforementioned Solidarities met and gave their backing to the draft program of the Urban Development Plan. This does take a step toward giving the appropriate thought to sustainable design in the local political process.
The meeting and the draft were given the specific representation of the Playa Del Carmen Real Estate industry through the presence of the Mexican Association of Real Estate Professionals (AMPI) and the Association of Owners and Investors of the Riviera Maya (APIR). Also present were the College of Engineering, the Business Coordinating Council of the Riviera Maya, the College of Architects, among others. Each of these groups expressed satisfaction in the plan, and the plan is soon expected to be approved by city council.
The mayor of Playa pointed out that to bring order and channel accelerated development of the Playa del Carmen area in recent years, (with a population growth of more than 16 percent annually,) "it was urgent to lay the foundation for the development of sustainable design and urban plans."
He added that for that reason the city is putting special emphasis on developing the Municipal Ecological Management Plan to introduce an "integral order in the development of Solidarity as a whole, and specifically that of Playa del Carmen, Akumal and Puerto Aventuras." The Urban Development Plans of each area are based, according to the mayor, on a regional economic models and social perspectives, which will promote and attract investments to Solidarity.
There are also projections for economic diversification, modernization of roads, the various types of land use, urban facilities and the provision of services, and, last but not least, increased care for the environment, together with the development of a culture for the preservation of our environment, the good news for those considering Playa del Carmen real estate is that the focus on environmental issues is growing to match and even surpass expectations of buyers!