Each of the four options under consideration for the future growth of Marbella, contained in an initial scoping document for the town's new master town plan (PGOU), meet the government's green agenda.
The council has said that even the most ambitious plan for urban growth is within Madrid's Agenda Urbana Española road map to make towns and cities "more human" by 2030.
Under the councillors' plans, the current Marbella PGOU planning blueprint, which dates back to 1986 and urgently needs replacing, could be developed in one of four ways.
The main strategy under consideration is called Alternative 1; it takes as its starting point the current PGOU and proposes building in the empty land between already developed areas in order to achieve a more compact town. The undeveloped land in the current PGOU would remain that way.
The other three alternatives are more ambitious. Alternative 2.1 extends urbanisable land to the edge of the AP-7 toll road; 2.2 goes further and proposes greater growth with the expansion of the main town to the east of the La Torrecilla, La Cañada and Los Monteros areas. Alternative 2.3 is more radical, as it frees up as much land for development as possible.
The Initial Strategic Document for the new PGOU indicates that Alternative 1 and Alternatives 2.1 and 2.2 all show a high level of environmental integration, as explained in Monday's council session by the councillor for Land Use and Housing, Kika Caracuel.
She added that doing nothing, the so-called 'alternative zero', and sticking to the old 1986 PGOU, would have the most negative environmental impact.