Community Impact

BEFORE WE EMBARKED on the Tres Santos journey, we fell in love with Todos Santos.

Many of us now live here—we love the charm of the town, the wild beauty of the setting and the warmth of the people. As interest in this place grows, so does the number of people who want to be here, and even move here. Now with easier access, and growing popularity, change will happen.

How can a town rise to this new occasion without diluting—or losing—its essential appeal? With a well-reasoned plan, our intention is for Tres Santos to be part of the growth Todos Santos is experiencing in a thoughtful and positive way. Our goal is to protect the very things that drew us here in the first place.

MIRA, the developer of Tres Santos, seeks to create communities that transform how people live and connect with one another, taking a holistic approach to design.

Of course, when any community changes, there are questions and concerns. Because we know you love this place as much as we do (or will as soon as you get here), we want to share our plans and address those questions here.

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  •  HOW WILL TRES SANTOS BENEFIT THE LOCAL COMMUNITY?

    Tres Santos amenities will be available to the Todos Santos community.

  • • Residents and visitors will have access to a new 5K walking and biking trail that connects the town of Todos Santos to the beach.
  • • Todos Santos’s active outdoors community can enjoy 25-30 newly added miles of mountain bike trails.
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    The land plan was designed to highlight and enhance the two industries that feed and support this area—fishing and agriculture.

  • • Tres Santos will have a 1.5-acre organic farm in Town Farm with a dedicated farmers’ market, providing fresh produce to the community.
  • • Bathrooms and other beachgoer facilities will be added to Punta Lobos beach, as well as other new facilities to serve local fishermen.
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    Tres Santos will provide additional employment opportunities for Todos Santos residents.

  • • We are hiring local people to help build and create Tres Santos, and over time, the presence of visitors and the residents of Tres Santos will open up new job opportunities for locals.
  • • As Tres Santos comes to fruition, visiting staff and interested parties will stay in area hotels, eat in local restaurants and use many of Todos Santos’ local services, providing an economic benefit to the community.
  • • Tres Santos will eventually include shops, restaurants and services, many of which are expected to be owned and operated by local residents.
  • • Tres Santos expects to help create an increased tax base that will benefit the entire community.
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    After Hurricane Odile, a Category 4 hurricane, devastated much of Todos Santos in September 2014, we rallied with the community and mobilized our resources to provide manpower and machinery for the clean-up efforts.

  • • Prior to landfall, our team worked with the fishermen to secure their boats against the storm. Afterward, we helped recover boats that came loose due to the winds and tides.
  • • For two weeks following the storm, we dedicated our front-end loaders and dump trucks to help clear the streets and clean up debris.
  • • Tres Santos’ contractors volunteered their time for the clean-up and restoration efforts, and we provided additional workers to support the effort.
  • • Other relief efforts included sending trucks to La Paz to pick up food for Todos Santos residents left homeless by the storm. As a result, we were honored to receive official recognition from the mayor of La Paz for our participation and help during this crisis.
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    Infrastructure improvements will benefit the community, including:

  • • A new, medium-tension power line to Todos Santos, with spare capacity.
  • • Additional public roads and unpaved trails.
  • • Providing needed services, like garbage collection, to Tres Santos residents to avoid stressing existing resources.
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     WHERE WILL THE ENERGY AND WATER RESOURCES COME FROM?

    The Beach village at Tres Santos will be self-sustaining with its own power, desalination plant and wastewater treatment plant, currently under construction. In addition, solar packages will be offered with all of the homes in Tres Santos. Eventually, the desalination plant (scheduled for completion in Summer 2016) will serve Town Farm as well, but, initially, the first phase of homes in town (approximately 40 residences) will use water purchased from the municipal water system. Additionally, gray water will be collected from Tres Santos residents and businesses at the beach and used for landscape irrigation.

    Unlike many other approaches to desalination, the desalination plant at Todos Santos will extract water from deep wells (not directly from the ocean). This has several benefits over more traditional approaches. No marine life can get caught in the pipes. The water is less salty, so it takes less energy to remove the brine. And finally, the brine discharge is put back into the ground—not the ocean—through an adjacent, deeper well, returning the salt to the land it came from and not affecting the marine life.

    Click below for more information about:

    The Tres Santos plan for water-sustainability

    The Tres Santos plan for a better desalination plant

     WHAT ABOUT THE LOCAL FISHERMEN AT PUNTA LOBOS? HOW WILL THEIR LIVELIHOOD, HERITAGE AND TRADITIONS BE AFFECTED BY TRES SANTOS?

    The magic of Todos Santos—and the charm of Tres Santos—depends on the presence, heritage and livelihood of the local fishermen. We are working closely with area fishing cooperatives to improve the beach in a number of ways. For the fishermen, we are providing dedicated parking, boat access and improved facilities, including sanitary fish-cleaning stations. In addition, we are adding bathrooms and an open-air market and retail fish store to attract local and tourist buyers. We are restoring the historic fishing cannery on the beach with hopes it will be used for community functions. We have also talked with the fishermen about expanding their trade (and income potential) by using their boats for sport fishing and whale-watching tours.

    The Punta Lobos fishermen have a long legacy on the beach. We support their tradition and will not take over any part of the beach that has been concessioned to them by the government. In fact, we have committed to that in writing as well as in word.

     ISN’T TRES SANTOS TOO BIG FOR TODOS SANTOS?

    While the zoning of Tres Santos allows for a large number of homes, our plans do not. Tres Santos will follow a careful and deliberate plan for growth over many years, allowing for measured absorption over time. Initially, Town Farm Phase 1 will include 34 residences, a coffee shop, garden, a farm, farmers’ market and a restaurant. The first phase at the Beach will include 40 residences and 32 hotel rooms. None of the buildings will be taller than two stories, and some will be single-story in Town Farm. The average size of our homes is 1,500 square feet. We supported rezoning in Todos Santos to protect the town from overdevelopment and beach high-rises like those found in other Mexican coastal cities. They don’t belong in this 250-year-old town.

     WHAT WILL THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF TRES SANTOS BE ON TODOS SANTOS?

    Federal and state agencies require extensive environmental impact studies for new development. These become public record in Todos Santos. For Tres Santos, these studies took thousands of hours and approximately two years for review and approval and included study of native plants, wildlife, marine life and archaeology. The Tres Santos plan complies with Mexican environmental law and the recommendations of the best environmental consultants and engineers available to guide us. Coastal engineers and environmental consultants provided direction and oversight for the work that has already begun on the beach, including which plants to protect and which can be removed. In addition, their recommendations led to creation of a sea wall and storm drainage to guard against erosion and protect the beach and the bluffs.

     WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO CONNECT WITH THE LOCAL COMMUNITY?

    We have had many conversations with Todos Santos residents to gather their feedback and input. We also held a town meeting that was open to the community. Tres Santos has been an active community partner and has established and participated in several outreach projects, including Los Amigos de Baja, Knockout Basura, and the local Hub mountain bike race team. Our office—the Tres Santos Hub—is located in the middle of town at the corner of Juarez and Márquez de León, where we’re open six days a week (except holidays) and available to answer questions about the vision and progress of Tres Santos. Many of our team live in and around Todos Santos and are part of the local community.

    You also can find an overview of local programs and partnerships here.

     WHERE WILL THE CONSTRUCTION WORKERS LIVE?

    When it comes to workers, we consider hiring local residents to be the first and best option. As reasonably possible and feasible, we hope to house any non-local workers in private homes and existing rental properties throughout Todos Santos and neighboring communities like Pescadero. At peak construction times when we need more workers, MIRA is working with regional bus companies to bring workers to Todos Santos from Cabo and/or La Paz and taking them back home in the evening. MIRA is and will continue to encourage local entrepreneurs and developers to build affordable housing in and around Todos Santos.

     WILL LOCALS BE ABLE TO RENT RETAIL SPACE IN TRES SANTOS?

    We’re counting on it! Please contact us for rental information at info@TresSantosBaja.com.

     WILL YOU AFFECT THE RETAIL TRAFFIC IN TOWN?

    We anticipate that Tres Santos will increase the numbers of visitors to Todos Santos. We fully expect that a thriving Tres Santos will help existing local businesses.

    If you have additional questions, please feel free to reach out to us at info@TresSantosBaja.com or stop into the HUB.