'Becoville' planned for Bullhead City

Sustainable community will be located in Laughlin Ranch

BULLHEAD CITY (AP) - Plans are under way to build a sustainable community called "Becoville" on several hundred acres of Laughlin Ranch property.

An announcement was made Wednesday by the Bullhead Regional Economic Development Authority, in conjunction with the Meldynique Group.

Meldynique Group was founded in 2001 in Belgium. The company specializes in the distribution of solar products and the creation of renewable projects throughout the world.

The name "Becoville" is derived from "Bullhead Ecological Village."

Bullhead City will be the headquarters and starting point for all ecological villages Meldynique will be establishing in the United States. Plans include building Becovilles near Las Vegas and in St. George, Utah.

Others will be built in the Southwest on a total of 35,000 acres. The communities will be targeted for baby boomers born between 1946 and 1964, the leading edge of which is preparing for retirement.

Becoville Laughlin Ranch is a 640-acre project located on an undeveloped section of the master-planned development on Bullhead Parkway. It will be a completely self-sustainable community of energy-efficient housing, water, biofuel, waste and agriculture, including organic produce. The electricity will be provided by solar power.

The first phase of the project, acquisition of land, is complete.