A Case Study in 'UnSprawl'

Located seven miles south of the town of Loreto in Baja California Sur, the Villages of Loreto Bay is an 8,000-acre new urbanist development that strives to be North America’s largest sustainable resort development.

"At buildout - anticipated by 2020 - the $3 billion Villages of Loreto Bay project will include village neighborhoods constructed in nine phases primarily along the Sea of Cortés.

Nearly all pedestrian-oriented villages will feature commercial services such as corner markets within walking distance, and a town center featuring a larger collection of retail uses a short walk from the neighborhoods is under construction. Though 6,000 homes are planned (including condominiums above commercial), 5,000 acres of the site have been set aside as permanent natural open space, and the project will also incorporate two championship-level, low saltwater-use golf courses and other amenities such as spas, boutique hotels, and a new marina.

Sustainable design and resource features include plans for the construction of two utilities - an onsite desalination plant for water harvesting, and an offsite wind farm to generate electricity - plus the use of passive and active solar technologies, alternative building materials and construction waste recycling, an onsite agricultural center that produces organic fruits and vegetables, and extensive estuary and mangrove regeneration. Other efforts include implementation of a regional affordable housing strategy, construction of a new full-service medical facility, and the donation - through the Loreto Bay Foundation - of one percent of gross proceeds to 'assist with local social and community issues.'"

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