Loreto Bay is a resort village just outside of the town of Loreto, Mexico, on the eastern coast of Baja California Sur in the Sonoran desert. The 8,800-acre site, accessible through Mexican Highway 1, is bounded by the Sierra de la Giganta mountain range to the west and the Sea of Cortez to the east. DPZ designed the master plan, which consists of nine phases and focuses on smart, environmentally conscious development.
The area west of Highway 1 is designated for a nature preserve that takes up approximately three quarters of the entire site. Phases 7 and 8 tuck a village into the foothills of the Sierra de la Giganta Mountains and allow a footprint-limited development of individual homes within the preserve. Most of this area will be kept in its natural condition for recreation, hiking and horseback trails, and exploration.
The portion of the site east of Highway 1 contains the majority of developed land in the master plan, consisting of phases 1 through 6 and 9. The area accommodates six pedestrian-oriented neighbors and a town center. The neighborhoods will provide a mix of housing types as well as basic amenities within walking distance of the residents. The town center will provide the greatest concentration of commercial space and be higher density than the surrounding neighborhoods. Provisions for an additional golf course and numerous hotel sites are also included in the neighborhoods.
The overriding goal of the project is sustainability – environmental, social, and economic. More efficient energy consumption practices include passive solar design and ground source heating, extensive use of renewable resources, and solar-powered electric carts as the primary means of transportation. Gathering spaces and other educational and health facilities will provide for the ongoing social vitality of the community. An economic development fund and job creation programs will be made available for local residents, maximizing entrepreneurial and occupational opportunities in the town.