The newly created Amapas Responsible Development Certification (ARDC) recognizes and encourages construction that adds to the natural beauty and authentic appeal of Colonia Amapas by respecting zoning regulations, the neighborhood and the neighbors; and by working within the limits of local infrastructure, or overcoming those limits in creative ways.

Sponsored by the Amapas Neighborhood Association, the ARDC will be awarded periodically to only those Development projects within the colonia that, in the judgment of the Certification Committee, meet its high standards.


To be eligible to receive the Amapas Responsible Development Award, a Project must respect the District 9 Plan Parcial – a law originally passed by the Puerto Vallarta City Council in 2012 – or superseding zoning laws and regulations. It must also relate to the existing immediate neighborhood context in a respectful and/or creative way that contributes to the overall use, ambiance, and/or visual aspect of the neighborhood.


Special consideration will be given to Projects that make a positive contribution to the beauty, livability, and/or visual aspect of the neighborhood, or contribute to the enhancement and enjoyment of public streets and spaces in Amapas.

Projects that incorporate underground utility connections, ‘Green’ technologies such as solar electrical generation or water heating, water collection and reuse or recycling, or otherwise contribute to a smaller infrastructure burden or carbon footprint, will also receive special consideration.


Categories include: Single-Family Residential, Multi-Family Residential, and Commercial. New Projects and Substantial Remodels will be eligible.


The ARDC Selection Committee will be chosen by the Amapas Neighborhood Association Board, and will be composed of a recognized local professional in Urban Design; Architecture; and/or Engineering; as well as a member of the Vallarta Real Estate Community; and Neighborhood Representatives. A representative of the Puerto Vallarta Planning Department will also be invited to participate in the Certification Committee.


Anyone can nominate a development by writing to

To be eligible for the Award, a Project must provide the site’s Dictamin, a current and accurate plan-set, and any other related documents that may be requested by the Committee to verify compliance with Zoning and Building Code regulations. A site-visit by Committee members may also be requested.


Amapas Responsible Development Certifications will be presented in a public ceremony with local media coverage. The ARDC Project itself, its Developer and/or Architect will each receive a framed Certificate. In addition, the Amapas Neighborhood Association will feature each Certificate winner in its Newsletter, as well as posting the Certificate, photos and description of the Project and its principals on its Facebook page and on its Website.


Amapas Responsible Development Certified Projects will have the right to display the ARDC SYMBOL and Certification on any publicity, sales or other promotional material. Project principals –Developer, Architect, and General Contractor– will have the right to refer to themselves individually as a Winner of the Amapas Responsible Design Certificate.

If you have questions, comments, suggestions or nominations, please send them to