Bylaws Modifications 2018

There were six revisions to ANA’s Bylaws made at the Extraordinary Meeting.  Here is a brief summary.

  • A full building member (FBM) is now identified as a type of member of the Association.
  • ANA’s four main goals are Responsible Development, Security, Infrastructure and Creation of Community.
  • There are three different kinds of fees: ordinary, voluntary, and extraordinary.
  • During an Ordinary Meeting, such as ANA’s Annual Meeting, a minimum quorum can be established at the second call.
  • Minimum requirements established to serve on the ANA Board –
    • Must reside in PV a minimum of six months
    • Must be a member in good standing
    • Must have been a member for at least a year
    • Must have a good reputation
    • To be considered for Board President, the member must have served on the Board for at least a year
  • ANA has two legal representatives – the President and Treasurer.

If you would like to see a full versión of ANA’s ByLaws, please stop by the office and Viviana will give you a copy.

Extraordinary Meeting 2018

Extraordinary Meeting 2018

Saturday, October 20th ANA held its first Extraordinary Meeting.  It was a meeting of firsts in many ways.  We achieved quorum by proxy prior to the meeting ever taking place.  How?  One of ANA’s bylaws allows the HOA President or Building Administrator to submit a proxy for the entire building’s membership.  The participation of our full building members at Condo Escondido, Estrella Del Mar, La Cima III, Las Hortensias, Las Moradas, Selvamar, Terraza Del Mar, Villas Loma Linda, Villa Tizoc, Villas Macuaz, Vista Amapas, and Vista Romantica combined with those members who submitted a proxy and those members who actually attended the meeting helped us to the percentage of participation we needed.  We were able to begin the meeting at first call.  Since the agenda was concise and to the point, the meeting was over in 30 minutes.  Yes, 30 minutes!  We celebrated all of these firsts and welcomed our new Board – Sylvia Toy (President), Don Pickens (Treasurer), Robert Howell (Secretary), Gene Mendoza (Vocal), and Robin Spencer (Vocal) – with a delicious breakfast buffet offered by Taste Restaurant and bubbly Mimosas.  What a great meeting!

‘MEMBERS ONLY’ Q&A: ‘Vallarta Development 101’

Over 40 ANA members filled the auditorium at Incanto for an informative presentation followed by a lively question and answer session on April 11.
Real estate broker and AMPI PresidentHarriet Murray, City Hall veteran Ing. Oscar Hernandez (ably assisted by ANA Administrator Viviana Testón), university professor of Urban Planning Alfonso Banos, and local hotelier and developerOscar Moran presented a short course on the history of urban planning (or the lack thereof) in Vallarta, Jalisco and Mexico – essentially, how we got where we are today – the ins and outs (COS and CUS) of permitted construction, and current economic and social pressures affecting Vallarta’s recent growth spurt.
Hot topics were the recent ‘Manhattanization’ of the Romantic Zone, the protections offered Amapas by our Plan Parcial, or not, depending on the willingness of City Hall to respect the rules, and whether Vallarta’s infrastructure is keeping up with the new water and sewer demands resulting from the construction boom.

Some differences between areas with a Plan Parcial, like Amapas, and areas without, like Emiliano Zapata and most of the Romantic Zone, were discussed.  Among them: under the Amapas Plan Parcial, developers cannot ask for an exception to the rules just because some other building exceeded them; also, under the recently passed Article 35, the Planning Department has more discretion in applying zoning rules in areas without a Plan Parcial.

Panelists and ANA members alike expressed frustration at the lack of a coherent Urban or Growth Plan for Vallarta, the lack of transparency in the permitting process, and the sense that unplanned or poorly regulated development is eating away at Vallarta’s authentic charms and threatening to replace its vibrant core with highrise ‘dormitories’ that add to the local tax-base, but subtract from our town’s livability and long term sustainability.

Inspired by questions raised at our Annual General Meeting, this is the second in a series of special ANA ‘Members Only’ informational presentations, which are generously hosted by popular local entertainment venue Incanto.

Now that we better understand the basic rules, ANA plans to have a follow-up Q&A in the fall, and will invite representatives of the Planning Department and SEAPAL to attend.  Stay tuned.

SIGN THE PETITION: Save the Pilitas Stairs!

A proposed new seven-story condo tower at the end of Calle Pilitas, where it intersects with Pino Suarez (on paper, anyway) threatens the location of the stairway that historically connected Amapas residents near the highway with neighbors on Pilitas and provided pedestrian access to the beach.


The stairs were destroyed during the construction of 212 Pilitas several years ago and, despite the developer’s promises to neighbors, never rebuilt.

Now, ANA is working with neighbors, including the San Franciscan, Escondido and Canada Romantica condominiums, to get City permission to rebuild the Pilitas Stairs.  We need neighborhood residents’ signatures as proof that we care about the stairs and support their reconstruction.

Stop by the ANA office at 111/3 Rodolfo Gomez, in the Hotel San Marino – across from Barra Light and The Coffee Cup – and sign the petition!  
Call 322-223-8312 for more information.  Do it today!

Neighbors, residents tourists of Puerto Vallarta : Save our Calle Pilitas Stairway! Salvemos nuestro andador


For the 411 on zoning rules, from City Hall to the Amapas Plan Parcial to what can and can’t be built on that vacant lot down the street, you’ve got questions, and our panel of local experts has answers.

Join us at Incanto (Insurgentes, at the bridge) on Wednesday, April 11, at 11 AM, when we present a short course in Vallarta zoning rules and regulations:

Inspired by questions raised at our Annual General Meeting, this is the second in a series of special ANA ‘Members Only’ informational presentations.  Seating is limited.  To make a reservation, call our office, 322-223-8312.

Welcome, Diego!

Your ANA is pleased to welcome Diego Villalobos Ramirez as our new Office Manager.

Diego is smart, helpful, agreeable and experienced.  Not to mention bilingual.  Most recently, he worked as Management Assistant and handled Front Desk responsibilities at Tropicasa Realty.  Prior to that, Diego served four years as Front Desk Supervisor-Concierge at Vidanta Mayan Palace, winning Employee of the Year in 2014, and Employee of the Month on six other occasions.


Diro 3Diego will be working with Administrator Viviana Teston to respond to ANA member requests, connect with City Hall, oversee ANA projects and social media, help with New Member and Sponsor Outreach, and handle other administrative matters.

The addition of a second full-time employee to our ANA staff means that there will almost always be someone in the office M-F, 9-6, to address your concerns, or answer a call or email.  It also means that we can do more than one thing at a time, and ensures that nothing slips through the cracks.

Come by and meet Viviana and Diego in our office at 111/3 Rodolfo Gomez, across from The Coffee Cup and Barra Light, in Hotel San Marino.

ANA’s growth, new office, great staff, accomplishments, and ability to get things done for Amapas are all thanks to the annual dues and generous contributions of Individual and Full Building Members like you.