Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Development Insight form Development Serves Department Newsletter December 2015

December 2015 

Development Services 

Roderick J. Sanchez
AICP, CBO-Director

2015 UDC Proposed Updates are underway

Visit  the Codes and Ordinances web page for more information. 

Check out 
the latest 
to learn more about the 
top 5 violations

Upcoming City Holidays

- Dec. 24 to 31 - 
Winter Holiday

- Jan. 1, 2016 - 
New Year's Day

 - Jan. 18 - 
Martin Luther King

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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DSD Holiday Schedule

Development Services will follow the City holiday schedule and close for much of the Winter Holiday Break. 

Like last year, the office will open two days during the winter break to ensure your customer needs are met. 

Please note the Development and Business Services Center will open Dec. 29 and 30 with
limited staff from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The office will close for lunch from noon to 1 p.m. 

Additional holiday schedule changes to note:

Planning Commission
  • Meeting scheduled for Dec. 23, 2015 is canceled 
Zoning Commission
  • Meeting scheduled for Jan 5, 2016 is canceled
  • Next meeting is scheduled for Jan. 19, 2016 
  • Recordation date of Nov. 27 will be moved to Nov. 30 (deadline will be Nov. 25 at noon)
  • The last regular recordation opportunity for this year is Dec. 18, 2015
  • Regular recordation will resume Jan. 8, 2016
  • The regular recordation schedule will be suspended during the winter break.
  • Out-of-sequence recordation options are available 
Board of Adjustment
  • Next meeting date is scheduled for Dec. 21 

For more information, visit the online holiday schedule.

2015 UDC Amendments Update
The Unified Development Code (UDC) is located in Chapter 35 of the City's Code. It includes regulations for the preparation of  land in anticipation of development, such as subdivision platting,zoning, and street and drainage design,as well as historic preservation. As such, the UDC implements the City's Comprehensive Plan and Master Plan Policies. Built into the UDC is a once every five-year-update program where amendments maybe submitted for consideration and recommendation through various boards and commissions.

We have now just completed the bulk of our five year cycle amendments with the council approval of over 200 amendments on Dec. 17, 2015 with only two minor changes to the proposal. The final two amendments, Low Impact Development (LID) and Conservation Subdivisions, go before Zoning Commission on Jan. 19, 2016 for consideration, Neighborhoods and Livability Committee on Jan. 22, 2016, and City Council on Feb. 4, 2016 for final approval.

Visit the Unified Development Code section on the DSD website for more information. Once the 2015 UDC training schedule is finalized, it will be located on this site as well.

For more information about the UDC process, email Michael Dice, Policy Administrator, at michael.dice@sanantonio.gov.


Information Bulletins and Other Resources

The following Rule Interpretation (RID) and Information Bulletins (IB) include noteworthy changes:

Development Services has revised IB 216, Electronic Plan Review, following a review of current department business processes and internal and external best practices. The purpose of IB 216 is to provide our customers with guidelines useful in the submission of electronic plans in a manner and format that streamlines department staff processing time and facilitates our customer service goals. 

The RID seeks to address and clarify the existing department interpretations and business processes associated with recycling uses relating to the distinction between 'indoor' and 'outdoor', as well as screening, when required.  

For a complete list of Code and Rule Interpretations and Information Bulletins, visit the sites shared below:    
The DSD Resources website also offers more information, including Document Search, Forms and Applications, and Latest News.

Performance Measures - FY 2016

To view the performance measures in their entirety, visit
The November metrics are as follows:

Performance Measures

Permit Activity    


City News 


City Hall and most municipal offices will be closed to observe the Thanksgiving holidays Nov. 26-27, 2015.

New online video explains safer ridesharing for San Antonians where riders can choose drivers with SAPD-verified background checks.

Stay connected with the City as we communicate and broadcast information to our residents. 

Other Department News
 - Customer Comments, New Hires, Recognition, etc.  
Here's what you said about us...
Xavier Antu, Sr. Plans Examiner, Plan Review
Xavier Antu is always prompt, courteous and helpful when I work with him.

Evelia Kelnhofer, Administrative Associate, Code Enforcement, Field Services
Excellent Customer Service! Helping with Scrap Tires!

Mindy Bolado, Code Enforcement Investigator, Field Services
Mindy has been working with our location at AutoZone with any violations. She is very efficient and points out any matters that allow the area to look unpresentable; she also has a sense of urgency to doing her job. The city needs more code enforcement officers like Mindy.

Regan Gabriel, Development Services Specialist, Plan Review
Regan did a great job helping us resolve issues in a timely manner. We have been trying to fix these records for a while and Regan took care of them quickly.

Raquel San Martin, Suanne Callow & James Baum, Plan Review
Suanne and Raquel were terrific! They were informative and so very helpful by making sure that I knew exactly what steps to take to ensure my project would be permitted correctly. James Baum assisted as well and the collaboration between the departments was outstanding! It was a pleasure being served by these folks!

Oscar Aguilera, Kristie Flores, Margaret Pahl, Zoning, Land Development
I reached out to two staff members separately. In less than 30 minutes, my email correspondence was responded to, forwarded to the appropriate party, and I received a call back as well. Excellent and very fast customer service.

Claudia Rendon Padilla, Project Manager, Field Services 
Excellent service; Claudia coordinated the participation of key DSD personnel to assist the developer and general contractor. She clearly explained the process and requirements for inspections, TCO's and CO's on a major public-private initiative on the Eastside.

Development Services Department
Very professional, courteous, and prompt. Much appreciated. 

Recognition - Making a Difference

Congratulations to the Building Inspection Team for receiving the 'Making the Difference' award on Friday, Nov. 20. A great effort was made by these inspectors in facilitating the grand opening of the Emma Hotel, Culinary Gardens, Brewmeister Alley, and Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery at the Pearl site. Way to go team!

Pictured (l to r): Gilbert Castillo, Ray Herrera, Robert Chavez, Christopher Gonzalez, Roderick Sanchez, Director, Roland Resendez, Michael Constantino and Michael Shannon, Assistant Director.     





Job Opportunities

Development Services is recruiting for the following positions:
Apply on-line at:  jobs

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

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

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Development Services Department, Build and Maintain a Safer San Antonio Survey

City of San Antonio, Development Services

The Unified Development Code (UDC) amendments were reviewed and considered by several stakeholders and the Planning Commission's Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). The Development Services Department served as the administrator over this process and accepted more than 200 submissions which went to The City of San Antonio City Council on December 17th.

In order to provide the best training in January 2016 on the UDC to the Development Services staff and the development community partners, the following topics are suggested:
-Zoning Changes
-Platting Changes
-MDP/Right Changes
-Tree Ordinance Chances
-Street Engineering Changes
-Storm Water Changes
-LID/Conservation Subdivision Ordinance

Your assistance in completing this survey by January 6, 2016 will provide the information the DSD staff needs to schedule the training.

Please follow the link below to take the survey:

City of San Antonio, Development Services
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