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No More Permits for Land Use Until Further Notice

Subhead: The decision is not retroactive and took effect October 15.

By Jesús Aguado

The San Miguel de Allende City Council has approved a moratorium on all land use impacting the natural and urban environments in the municipality.

The decision was made late week, during the third council meeting of the new 2018–2021 administration. It also forbids new authorizations for potable water connections to the city’s water network, a measure, according to new mayor Luis Alberto Villarreal García, intended to foster more thoughtful urban planning.

As part of the moratorium, the council also voted to prevent more authorizations for housing development by the Safety, Civil Protection, and Transit Department. The decision is not retroactive and took effect October 15.

The moratorium will be lifted once the council approves the Program for Ecologic and Urban Planning, the Mobility Plan, and other plans meant to control the city’s growth. (At the moment, only the System for Integral Mobility has been created, which features metered parking.) The moratorium, according to the council will guarantee better safety, mobility, and quality of life for Sanmiguelenses.

New moratorium more intense

The new moratorium issued by this administration is more wide-ranging than the previous one approved by previous mayor Ricardo Villarreal’s administration, which blocked any change of land use from housing to commercial. The motivation behind the order is to preserve the Historic Center and retain a mix of residential and commercial spaces there.

More control over housing rentals, sales and purchases

Previously, Luis Alberto Villarreal told Atención that his administration will try its best to present before the city council (and later to the state legislature) regulations to control the rent, sale, and purchase of houses in San Miguel.


In September, the city council held an open call for citizen opinions on the development of the planned Program of Ecological and Urban Planning. It was expected to be approved by the previous local city council, but that did not happen before the end of its term since all the proposals have not been integrated yet. It could be approved by the new city council before the end of this year.


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