A couple of days ago, the Mexico City Mayor-Elect, Claudia Sheinbaum announced that she would be eliminating the polígonos de actuación, or zoning modification procedures in the city. Sheinbaum told Reforma on the July 28 that she wants to eliminate the procedure and division because real estate developers have been using it to develop megaprojects in areas that are originally mean for housing. Apart from this, Sheinbaum announced she will be looking over the regulation regarding those responsible for structural security and construction, which may be her response to the Artz Pedregal incident a couple of weeks ago.
The polígonos de actuación is a division within the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing (SEDUVI) that determines what terrain or land parcels can be used to construct large real estate projects with few or no restrictions. This procedure is carried out by developers who need to rearrange or relocate zoning permits across one or more parcels for a real estate project. All real estate developers, especially those building large mixed-use projects are familiar with the procedures.
What big projects may face revision?
- Ciudad Mitikah – Fibra Uno
- Reforma Colon – Grupo Sordo Madaleno
- Reforma 432 – Abilia
- Artz Pedregal – Grupo Sordo Madaleno
- Puerta Reforma – Grupo Casa Saba*
Zoning has been a hot topic in real estate development in mayor cities such as Guadalajara, Monterrey, Queretaro and Mexico City, especially with the rising trend of huge mixed-use projects. In Mexico City, citizens have become more active in real estate projects within their neighborhoods due to the rising mobility problems, lack of basic services such as water and energy and environmental issues when new projects are built. As citizens become more involved, the government has also began looking more into large projects to review licensing, zoning and social and environmental impact studies.