Rizvi Architects
Mayaguana Regional Plan

Rizvi acted as land and regional planners for a joint venture between I-Group, a Boston-based investment company, and the Government of the Bahamas for the expansion of Mayaguana Island from a population of 300 to 25,000 over the next 25 years.

Rizvi prepared a regional plan for the entire island, encompassing both local and foreigner communities. The support infrastructure includes an airport, road and transportation networks, and utilities such as power, reverse-osmosis desalinated water, and sewer. The project required fresh aerial surveys including orthophotography for a 2-foot contour interval. The downtown area includes a harbor, marina, a major hotel resort and professional offices, and retail and commerce areas. Adequate provisions were made for medical and educational facilities, agriculture and fisheries, and recreational facilities such as golf courses and horse ranches. Also, light industrial use was taken into account to create a regional job base on the island. The marina and city center will be the hub of activity on the island.

The Bahamas is a beautiful and fragile natural resource in the South Atlantic region with an economy based on this natural beauty. To conserve the environment and protect the economic livelihood of its inhabitants, the planned development is low-impact to preserve and enhance natural resources, especially the flora, fauna, and beaches.

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