This study investigates how economic performance, demographic changes, private and public investments, and public policy choices could influence urban growth and land use change in the region of Loreto of Baja California, Mexico, over the next 20 years. The study assesses how these changes will impact the area's hydrology and ecology, as well as its visual, social, and economic landscape.
Short-term objectives have often taken precedence over longer term planning. Government administrators and policy makers are forced to make land use decisions without proper consideration of the full range of impacts and without adequate consideration of longer-term consequences. This study seeks to contribute to policy formulation and land use planning processes in Loreto and to further economically and environmentally sustainable development.