Fortuna Park Resort – An Integrated Tourism Estate
As described earlier, the site selected for the Tourism Estate lies south of the town center (CBD) in three beautiful valleys currently in agriculture, primarily sugarcane. This area is characterized by four ridges which orient east/west and form the valleys. Two existing man-made lakes occupy the first and largest valley to the north. A river traverses each of the valleys – from north to south the Magbaboy River, the Katingal-an River and the Buluangan River. At the southern end of the estate lies the village of Buluangan on the coast with a small fishing port. This village will remain as will its fishing industry. A little north of Buluangan, the village of Fortuna will be relocated to allow construction of the Beach Resort while the existing fish ponds along the coast will be filled for beachfront housing.
The plan, while highly flexible to respond to changes in the tourism market over time, envisions a development program of hospitality and leisure facilities built in four phases. This program was developed by PKF Consulting Ltd. modified slightly during this study. The golf, resort and shoreline lots are intended for the higher-end market than those within the town itself and will appeal to either management level employees working in the industrial zones, business owners, or retirement couples.
Phase One will concentrate development in the Katingal-an River valley with golf and housing. (See Tourism Estate Development Program). The first resort hotel (the Beach Hotel) is a three-story complex that will also be constructed with a water sports center and beach club. The existing beach will be improved or an inland swimming lagoon could be constructed with some rooms on stilts over the water. Golf Homes are set within the course or on the lower slopes of the forested ridge with views over the course.
Phase One also includes Shoreline Homes, the Retail Center, a portion of Cultural Village I and a portion of the Tropical Sanctuary.
Phase Two will include construction of the Equestrian Center, additional Shoreline Homes north of the Beach Resort and the first nine holes of golf within the Magbaboy River Valley. The Golf Lodge and Clubhouse, a three story complex, is to be constructed on a small knoll which offers views of the golf course, the sea beyond and the lake. The portion of the Resort Housing situated within the first nine hole course will be developed. These lots have an an average size of 1000 sq. meters and are situated to take advantage of golf course and lake views. Cultural Village I, adjacent to the National Highway, will be completed as will the Tropical Sanctuary and a large portion of the Employee Housing will be constructed.
In Phase Three, the existing lake north of the Golf Lodge and Clubhouse will be expanded and additional Resort Home lots will be developed around this lake. Along the sea, the final cluster of Shoreline Homes will be developed. Located in the back of the property for quietness and seclusion and surrounding a small existing lake, the Spa Hotel, which is composed of a spa facility and country homes, will be constructed. It is separated from the resort housing by a ridge. Finally, the remaining Employee Housing will be developed.
Phase Four will complete development in the Magbaboy River Valley with eighteeen holes of golf and additional Resort Housing. If it is determined that a 27-hole course is not desirable in Magbaboy River Valley, more Resort Home lots could be laid out with a par 3 Executive Course, a Putting Course or some other recreational facility.
In each phase hiking, jogging, bicycling and equestrian trails will be constructed within the hills and along the shoreline. Lotting clusters allow access to these trails by creating breaks between the lots. Many of the clusters include small parks with playgrounds for children. In phase one a train station will be constructed at the entrance to the Katingal-an River valley and in phase two at the Magbaboy River valley. This will encourage residents to utilize the light rail transport to the town center for shopping or employment rather than their automobiles.
Most important to the success of the Tourism Estate is the retention of a resort atmosphere by extensive tree plantings; separation of land uses by retaining the ridges as open space solely for hiking and riding; and not over-building. Equally important are Design Guidelines that set height restrictions; setbacks; and roadway widths; and establish a palette of materials, colors, styles and landscape treatments. Also, it is important that agricultural production continue while construction is being phased and after completion. This will add to the ambience of the entire Tourism Estate.