SAN ANTONIO (Aug. 21, 2014)—Councilman Ron Nirenberg requested that City staff develop a zoning overlay zone near the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) campuses in a Council Consideration Request (CCR) filed today. The new “university district” would help steer private investment of campus-oriented developments around the UTSA main campus in a continued effort to assist the university’s positive impact on San Antonio and help it achieve Tier One status. Councilwoman Shirley Gonzalez, whose District 5 includes the UTSA downtown campus, co-sponsored the CCR.
“UTSA is an important economic, educational, and cultural asset for District 8 and the entire city,” Councilman Nirenberg said. “The City of San Antonio should use every tool available to align our mutual goals. This will raise the profile of one of the nation’s fastest-growing and regionally successful universities.”
The proposed university zone would ensure that student cultural offerings and housing capacity keep pace with demand while helping maintain safety and quality of life for nearby neighborhoods.
The 2012 Student Housing Market Demand Assessment found that nearly 94,000 college students live in the San Antonio area, a population that is projected to exceed 127,000 in the next decade. If successful, the proposed university zone could be used as a model for other area campuses.
Contact: Hudson Kyle (210) 207-0941