Development Services Department (DSD) is on track to deliver BuildSA,
a premier online tool that will enhance your overall user experience
when doing business with us. As previously shared, BuildSA will be
launched by functional groups in three phases.
Development, Functional Group 1, will be the first group that goes
into production and is scheduled to go live at the end of this
calendar year. As such, the BuildSA Project Team is pleased to
announce all of the Land Development records, including Master
Development Plans, Planned Unit Developments, Plats, Addressing,
Zoning, Board of Adjustment, Variances, Rights Determination, Non-Conforming Use, Construction Inspections, Preliminary Plan Review
Meetings, Certificate of Determinations, and Zoning Verification
Letters have been designed, completing a major milestone for the
was a very busy month for DSD Subject Matter Experts, and our partnering agencies including SAWS, CPS Energy, Bexar County,
Information Technology Services Department and the Accela team,"
said Melissa Ramirez, DSD Interim Land Development Assistant
Director. "Together, we spent over 200 hours validating the
design of all Land Development processes and workflows to ensure
customers have the online tools to get the job done."
the next few weeks, Accela, will configure the new system along with
the online customer portal. The online portal will provide access to
application submittal, payment processing, real-time application
monitoring, and construction inspection request. BuildSA will
maximize communication while minimizing paper.
such, DSD is on target to complete the following major milestones in
June 2016: Accela to complete the building
and design of all Land Development record
Convert the Training Room,
located at the One Stop, to a dedicated BuildSATraining Lab
Launch the BuildSA Web site -
According to the
project timeline, Plan Review and Field Services, Functional Group 2,
transactions will be deployed in May 2017 with Code Enforcement,
Functional Group 3, transactions going live late November. As we
continue to work on this transition, the team is looking forward to
being fully deployed early 2018.
DSD is excited
about our new BuildSA system and will bring you updates monthly on
San Antonio is
Tree City USA
City of San Antonio (COSA) officially became a Tree City
USA earlier this month. This program offers direction,
assistance and national recognition for our community and a framework
for sustainable tree programs, initiatives and ordinances.
"Recognition as a Tree City USA provides
us with a great opportunity to celebrate the importance of having a
healthy and well- maintained tree canopy throughout our
community," said Rod Sanchez, Director of Development Services
Department (DSD). "Learning proper care for our trees, their
value and benefits, will safeguard and enhance the quality of life we
all enjoy in San Antonio."
Started in 1976, Tree City USA is sponsored by the
Arbor Day Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Forest Services and
National Association of State Foresters. An incorporated municipality
of any size can qualify by meeting these four fundamental standards:
A Tree Board or Department that
protects, preserves, plants and maintains city trees - COSA
created the Tree Preservation Section in 1997
A tree care ordinance
A community forestry program
with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita
An Arbor Day Observance and
City created a Tree Preservation team in 1997, in conjunction with
the first Tree Preservation Ordinance approved by City Council that
same year. Today, the City Arborist manages a staff of 13 under the
umbrella of DSD.
a city with an estimated 1.4 million residents, the City's
Development Services, Parks and Recreation and Transportation and
Capital Improvements departments have an annual estimated combined
budget of $3.4 million dedicated to the preservation and maintenance
of trees in the City. This investment by the City includes community
outreach programs to raise public awareness about the value and
benefits provided by a healthy and diverse tree canopy.
benefit our City by reducing energy costs and consumption, boosting
property values, increasing stronger connectivity and sense of
City of San Antonio is now one of the more than 3,400 towns and cities
across the nation recognized as a Tree City USA.
Measures - FY 2016
Performance Measures Report is available online.
Bulletins and Other Resources
For a complete list of resources, visit the sites shared below:
City of San Antonio Development Services Department hosted the first
meeting of building officials, inspectors, engineers, plans examiners
and others in the Bexar County metro on April 12, 2016 at the Phil
Hardberger Park Urban Ecology Center.
goal of this meeting was to discuss common building-related issues
that impacted different cities and organizations. Topics discussed
included permitting processes, code changes, inspections and code
(16) cities within the Bexar County metro area attended and were able
to discuss these topics and others during a question and answer
session. The meeting was successful, and the group agreed to hold
similar sessions in the future.
meeting was a success and a very informative venture as our cities
learned how others approach similar issues in the development
process," said Michael Dice, Interim DSD Policy Administrator.
"We look forward to our next meeting with additional cities that
have already committed to attending; allowing for further
communication, problem solving, and consistency across our cities and
Wilt is a deadly fungal disease that infects and disables the
water-conducting system in oak trees. All Oaks are susceptible to
this disease, but some species more than others.
Central Texas, Oak Wilt is prevalent and spreads both above and below
ground. To help prevent Oak Wilt in your neighborhood, minimize
pruning oak trees between February 1 and July 1. This is when
the Oak Wilt fungus is most active. Note that the best time to prune
trees is either in the middle of the summer, when temperatures are
the hottest, or in late fall/early winter months when temperatures
can be the coldest.
City Arborist also suggests the following tips:
Paint all cuts and wounds on oak
trees within 30 minutes.
Remove Red Oaks identified with
Know where your firewood comes
from; do not transport unseasoned firewood from diseased Red
In addition, make
sure contractors doing tree pruning have a valid, city issued tree
maintenance license and proper training.
If you suspect Oak
Wilt in your neighborhood, contact the Texas Forest Service at (210)
The Development Services Department will host the San
Antonio Building Codes Academy (SABCA) on May 4 and May 5 at the Phil
Hardberger Park,Urban Ecology Center. Join us to learn more about
the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) Changes.
Shirley Ellis, Energy Codes Specialist, Texas A&M
Engineering Experiment Station, will present a
comprehensive, high-level overview of all changes between
the 2015-2012 IECC and the significant changes from the 2009
The City of San Antonio's budget is a reflection of
the community's priorities. Each year the City is required by law to
pass a balanced budget. Your feedback is critical to balancing the
budget and determining where funds should be allocated.
The City of San Antonio presents
the City Insider podcast outlining the most important issues and
exciting city projects.
SA TOMORROW PUBLIC HOUSE EVENT -
Public Open Houses offered to help residents learn
more about the Comprehensive Plan and how to help advance
Other Department News
- Customer Comments, New Hires, Recognition, etc.
Here's what you said about us...
Richard Chamberlin, PE,
Development Services Engineer, Plan Review
I have been coordinating with Richard Chamberlin on
permit requirements for SAWS projects for over 5 years. I cannot
begin to express how committed Mr. Chamberlin is to customer service.
He ALWAYS provides PROMPT responses. Working for a government agency,
we often get criticized for not being responsive. I want to make sure
he is recognized for not just doing his job but doing an EXCELLENT
Herminio Griego, Asst.
City Arborist, Engineering and Tree Preservation, Land
Extremely knowledgeable and very helpful and courteous.
Ray Herrera, Sr. Building
Inspector, Commercial Building Inspections, Field Services
I would like to say that Ray Herrera has been very
supportive to me as well as my company with inspections or questions
that help expedite the project. Mr. Herrera has great knowledge of
all the inspections and helps me and my team onsite.
Valerie Gleason, Sr. Plans
Examiner, Plan Review
It is difficult to describe how valuable it is to the
engineering design community to have the kind of prompt, detailed,
and accurate code discussion that I consistently receive from Ms.
Valerie Gleason. My thanks to her for her excellent work!
Planner, Zoning, Land Development
I want to thank you sincerely for getting back with me
the same day. How refreshing for the City of San Antonio!!! You might
find this unusual... but this really is worth yelling the good news
Leticia Villareal, Code
Enforcement Officer, Field Services
The above listed Code Officer assists me almost daily.
Her knowledge and professionalism is an asset to the department.
Whenever I have an issue that needs to be addressed I know that it
will get handled without delay.
Services is recruiting for the following positions;
apply on-line at: jobs.
comments or suggestions regarding the Development Services
Newsletter, contact Kathy
City of San Antonio, Development Services,
1901 S. Alamo, San Antonio, TX 78204