Saturday, May 2, 2015

SA Development Services Department Newsletter update

April 2015 
Development Services 
Roderick J. Sanchez
AICP, CBO-Director
Coming May 1, 2015
New 2015 ICC Building Codes go into effect
May 1, with the ex-ception of IECC, which takes effect on July 15, 2015. 
Visit the  Codes & Ordinances website to learn more.
Check out 
the latest 
to learn about 
the top 5 violations
Upcoming City Holidays
- May 25 - 
Memorial Day
- July 3 - 
Independence Day
- Sept. 7 - 
Labor Day
Development & Business  Services Center
Main Address:
1901 S. Alamo San Antonio, TX 78204
Office Hours: 
7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Monday - Friday
Mailing Address:
PO Box 839966
San Antonio, TX 78283
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May is Building Safety Month
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 1, 2015.
Building 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.
In line with this year's theme, each week spotlights a specific area of building safety:
Week One / May 4-10, 2015 -  Don't Get Burned - Build to Code
Week Two / May 11-17, 2015 -  Bounce Back Faster from Disaster - Build to Code
Week Three / May 18-24, 2015 -  Water Safe, Water Smart - Build to Code
Week Four / May 25-31, 2015 - $ave Energy - Build to Code
This 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.
Congratulations to the newest PCTAC members recently appointed by the Planning Commission:
  • Susan Wright - Real Estate/Development
  • Bob Liesman - Engineering
  • Rob Leonhard - Engineering
  • George Weron - Engineering (alternate)
  • Jason Winn - Architect (alternate)
  • Grace Garza - Community at Large
  • Steven Grau - Community at Large
  • Phillip Manna - Community at Large
Also congratulations to recent Zoning Commission member appointees to the PCTAC:
  • Francine Romero
  • Orlando Salazar (alternate) 
If you have any questions about the PCTAC or the UDC 5-Year Update Program, contact Tony Felts, Sr. Planner, at
Information Bulletins and Other Resources

 For a complete list of resources, visit the following sites:   
mance Measures - FY 2015
To view the performance measures in their entirety, visit
The March metrics are as follows:
Performance Measures
Permit Activity    
Introducing the new DSD Website

With 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,
prompt 0. 
We are excited about this redesign and hope you find the new website easy to use
and informative.  
Land Entitlements Principal Planner Updates
We 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  
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.  
City News 


Review and provide feedback on draft task force recommendations. 


On May 9, 2015, voters have the opportunity to choose the Mayor & City Council that represent them and vote in two special elections.
On 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...


Valerie Gleason, Sr. Plans Examiner (Elec/Mech) & 

Eddie Torres, Plans Exam II Plumbing, Plan Review 
I 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!
Chris McCollin, Planner, Land Entitlements, Land Development 
Chris 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!
Anna Alexander, Development Services Specialist, Plan Review
I want to thank Mrs. Anna Alexander for her positive attitude and for all the help she
gave me.
Roger 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.
Leslie Ruiz, Sr. Plans Examiner (Bldg/Fire) Plan Review 
Ms. 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 best.
Ray Herrera & Eloy Resendez, Sr. Building Inspector, Field Services 
Awesome individuals, very helpful, displayed outstanding cooperation. They are the
type of employee that I would hire. 

New Employees
For comments or suggestions regarding the Development Services Newsletter, contact Kathy Quinones.


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