May is Building Safety Month, and this year's theme is
Resilient Communities Start with Building Codes. This correlates nicely with the adoption of the 2015
International Code Council (ICC) building-related, fire and property
maintenance codes, with local amendments, the City adopted last
January. With the exception of the 2015 International Energy
Conservation Code (IECC), these new codes will go into effect on May
Safety Month is a month-long celebration that includes all aspects of
safety to help families, employers and leaders understand and
appreciate the best practices of building codes. At Development
Services, we support this campaign to bring awareness to the
importance of building codes and to uphold our commitment of keeping
San Antonio safe.
line with this year's theme, each week spotlights a specific area of
month marks the ICC's 35th year of Building Safety Month.
What is PCTAC?
PCTAC, is the acronym
for Planning Commission Technical Advisory Committee, and
is often referred to as "TAC"; a subcommittee of
the Planning Commission. Its members include representatives from the
Planning Commission, various other boards and commissions, and
members of the real estate/development community, engineering,
architecture, planning and environmental professions, and community
at-large representatives, all appointed by the Planning Commission.
The PCTAC only meets as needed and is charged with making
recommendations to the Planning Commission on Major Thoroughfare Plan
amendments and Unified Development Code (UDC) amendments submitted
during the once every 5-year UDC update program.
This year, 2015,
is a UDC update-program-year, so the PCTAC will begin meeting in July
to consider and make recommendations on UDC amendments submitted by
Boards, Commissions, agencies, citizens and City staff. Their meeting
schedule will be determined depending on number of amendment
submittals received and progress made. After the PCTAC completes
their work around September or October, the Planning and Zoning
Commissions will also review the amendment package and make
recommendations to City Council for final consideration.
to the newest PCTAC members recently appointed by the Planning
Wright - Real Estate/Development
Liesman - Engineering
Leonhard - Engineering
Weron - Engineering (alternate)
Winn - Architect (alternate)
Garza - Community at Large
Grau - Community at Large
Manna - Community at Large
congratulations to recent Zoning Commission member appointees to the
you have any questions about the PCTAC or the UDC 5-Year Update
Program, contact Tony Felts, Sr. Planner, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bulletins and Other Resources
For a complete list of resources, visit the following sites:
the recent launch of the new and improved DSD website, the comments
have been extremely positive. Your constructive feedback has allowed
us to improve navigation and accessibility for both internal and
external customers. Should you have any issues you would like for us
to address or you just need assistance finding specific information
on the site, please contact the DSD call center at 210.207.1111,
We are excited about this redesign and hope you find
the new website easy to use and informative.
Entitlements Principal Planner Updates
are excited to announce Luz Gonzales was recently promoted to
Principal Planner for the Land Entitlements section. She brings a
wealth of knowledge in knowing our business process and
customers, and is inspired to lead the team by example. Luz has
been a part of the Land Entitlements Subdivision Team as a Planner
for many years and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in 2010 in
Organizational Development from the University of the Incarnate Word.
Please know she is available to assist our customers in
reaching their goals and can be reached at email@example.com.
The Land Entitlements Team guides the development
process for Master Development Plans, Planned Unit Developments,
Rights Determinations, Plats, Street Name Change, Addressing, and
coordinates the Planning Commission Agenda.
Dec. 4, 2014, the City directed Planning and Community Development to
initiate limited purpose annexation.
Other Department News
- Customer Comments, New Hires, Promotions, etc.
Here's what you said about us...
Gleason, Sr. Plans Examiner (Elec/Mech) &
Torres, Plans Exam II Plumbing, Plan Review
would like to commend Valerie Gleason and Eddie Torres both on
excellent customer service. Our company works with a lot of
municipalities, and it is very rare to find people that are as
responsive and pleasant as these two are. Great job!
McCollin, Planner, Land Entitlements, Land Development
McCollin went to great lengths to assist me. I didn't even know how
to describe what I wanted. He helped me and the Springs of Stone Oak
make a sound decision. Thank you Chris!
Alexander, Development Services Specialist, Plan Review
want to thank Mrs. Anna Alexander for her positive attitude and for
all the help she gave me.
Wills, Code Enforcement Officer, Field Services
311 Compliment... Customer submitted a report back on
4/6...#1012049138 // 1731 Fair // He was impressed at how fast Code
Enforcement took care of the issue and wanted to Thank officer and
department for a job well done.
Ruiz, Sr. Plans Examiner (Bldg/Fire) Plan Review
Ruiz was extremely helpful and called us back multiple times. She was
open to all of our ideas and even did a little leg work for us - just
to make sure we are headed in the right direction. This is the best
response we have ever received - in the State of Texas. She's the
Herrera & Eloy Resendez, Sr. Building Inspector, Field
very helpful, displayed outstanding cooperation. They are the type of
employee that I would hire.
comments or suggestions regarding the Development Services
Newsletter, contact Kathy