Following four years of negotiation, Benahavís is to extend its shared municipal border with Marbella. Recently approved by Andalucía regional government, the decision paves the way for the transfer of 196,816 square metres of Marbella territory to Benahavís, which in turn will transfer 28,163 square metres of land to Marbella.
The welcome move modifies the municipal boundaries into four nuclei: Horno de la Miera, Urbanisation La Quinta, Urbanisation Los Naranjos and Vega el Colorado. Having rectified discrepancies identified four years ago in the Marbella General Plan based on border limits established as far back as 1873, the alteration procedure has been brought into line with local urban planning instruments.
What does this mean for property owners in both towns, in particular the biggest land beneficiary, Benahavís?
As neither Town Hall will pay higher or lower maintenance costs than at present for their respective zones, and no changes will be made to municipal rights, actions, obligations or charges in the affected areas, the boundary extension will have no financial impact on residents and business owners. Licenses issued for all buildings occupying the four zones have been consolidated in such a way that they are registered and taxed in the rezoned municipalities.
Home to Andalusia´s wealthiest community of international property owners, Benahavís naturally features in the Paradise Marbella Realty portfolio, and is key to Marbella´s technological infrastructure developments.
According to Matilde Mancha, Costa del Sol director of Hidralia water management company: “As European economies recuperate, foreign tourism is beginning to be noticed in Benahavís, Marbella.”
Among other initiatives, Mancha explained: “We are going to incorporate tele-reading which will allow users to follow their water consumption in real time from their computer. The system applies to some 800 households in Benahavís with an investment of €1 million this year.”Benahavís is also a key component of the National Electricity Transport Plan 2015-2020 to build two new 220 kilovolt substations, the other in Málaga capital – part of a €31 million investment in Málaga Province by the Ministry of Industry, Energy & Tourism.“The most important is the one in Benahavís,” said Councillor José Luis Ruiz Espejo, “essential to meet the demand for electricity consumption on the Western Costa del Sol,” with both “vital for the development of new infrastructure.”
And as one of the most mountainous terrains through which Spain´s Professional Cycling Championships will pass, Benahavís is already gearing up for La Vuelta 2015, a key event in Marbella´s summer sporting calendar.