Arona’s updated General Plan will shape the municipality for the future
The Mayor, José Julián Mena, together with the councillors of the areas of urbanism, Luis García, and environment, works and infrastructure, José Luis Gómez, held a working meeting with the drafting team of the new General Plan which will determine the bases of Arona’s development for the coming years.
It will completely review the existing one, which is more than 25 years old, a time in which the population and activity of the municipality has more than doubled. The meeting took place in the Cultural Centre of Los Cristia-nos.
This vitally important document for Arona will lay the foundations of develop-ment and modernisation for the coming years and will solve important urbanistic problems that the municipality has suffered for decades.
“The current planning of Arona goes back to the year 1992,” said a council spokes-man. “Its antiquity and lack of foresight on the great growth experienced since then by the municipality has generated serious distortions, such as the lack of land for different uses, urbanisations consolidated in areas not considered urban and those that have not been able to provide services for decades or the lack of legal security that has affected residents and potential investors.”
José Julián Mena explained that “the new General Plan is the first of Arona in the 21st century and with a population that exceeds 100,000 inha-bitants. A municipality that has advanced in the last four years but has inherited important problems that cannot be corrected without this tool, which is fundamental. We have started the first working meetings, which will be followed by a transparent and participatory process, in which residents will be consulted about their priorities and what the Arona is like for the next years.”
Luis Garcia stressed that “it is vital to establish the general framework of planning to determine the future develop-ment of our municipality, since, from these first meetings, we will obtain the proposal of structural management of Arona”.
“It is essential,” he added, “to determine which tourism model we want, what infrastructure and supplies we need to meet the needs of public services for the population, how we will diversify the economic sectors or how we will improve the mobility of our municipality.”