The Partial Plan Compensation Board The mojon and the Arona Town Hall They agreed to suspend the contentious-administrative appeal filed by the land owners against the municipal decision not to accept the development. The measure is intended for both parties to determine the solution, if any, technical and legal to apply to unblock the situation that keeps the development of the valued as the largest urban area in the Canary Islands paralyzed.
This advance for the El Mojón Partial Plan was announced yesterday by the mayor of Arona, Jose Julian Mena, to the Plenary of the Corporation during the extraordinary plenary session requested by the opposition. The councilor informed of this agreement, reached a few weeks ago, on the judicial measure adopted by the last directive of the El Mojón Compensation Board, which he chaired Juan Francisco Reverón, a businessman who was replaced in the position of president (who served for more than 20 years) by the CEO of Spring Hotels, Miguel Villarroya Adell.
On August 17 of last year, José Julián Mena signed the resolution through which he rejected the receipt of the urbanization works of the Partial Plan el Mojón, in Los Cristianos. The decision, as it was exposed yesterday during the plenary session, is endorsed by the mandatory technical reports. The appeal presented by the owners of this land fell to the Contentious-Administrative Court number 2 of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Mena made it clear that “the judicial process is on hold” until the existence of technical and legal solutions is determined.
The issues to correct
There are three reasons why the Arona City Council has not received the El Mojón Partial Plan, as recorded in the technical reports referred to in the plenary session held yesterday at the Infanta Cristina Auditorium, in Los Cristianos: the location of the station of firefighter that this area must have, the solution to the connection between the two parts in which El Mojón appears divided – by the TF-655 highway, which connects the highway and Los Cristianos – and the correspondence of the urbanization of the two parks with what is reflected in the project and, failing that, correct the technical objections.
One concern expressed by the opposition is the impact that the municipal decision and the current situation have on the licenses granted to various companies (it was not defined how many) to develop their projects in this partial plan. The government spokesman, Leopoldo Díaz, clarified that such licenses have all the favorable reports and that it will be the technicians themselves who determine what is appropriate in this regard.
The El Mojón Partial Plan was approved on October 1, 1996 by the Canary Islands Urban Planning and Environment Commission (Cumac). On June 29, 1998, the Arona City Council gave its definitive support to the urbanization project.
The content of the Plan
In that million square meters that it occupies, there are more than 70 private plots that can be exploited in the tourist, residential, commercial and restaurant sectors, with more than 300,000 square meters of buildable area. These private projects include a dozen hotels – promoted by companies such as Adrián Hoteles, NG Hoteles, Marylanza and Spring Hotels -, a McDonald’s restaurant and a Lidl supermarket. In addition, it has two large parks –the largest in a Canarian tourist city–, an Olympic stadium and an auditorium.
So far, the granting of three licenses linked to this partial plan by the Arona City Council is known. The first, in July 2018 to the company Inversiones Marylanza SL; the second was requested by Spring Hotels (both for the construction of individual luxury hotels in Arona) and the third corresponded to a modification of the first. The three licenses have all the favorable technical and legal reports. The Regional Government Council authorized a four-star hotel in this enclave on June 23.