View Shed Initiative


District 7 Councilwoman Ana E. Sandoval and District 2 Councilman William “Cruz” Shaw recently submitted a Council Consideration Request to initiate the process to consider additional San Antonio landmarks for viewshed protection and to enable the establishment of potential Viewshed Protection Districts. The CCR also directs OHP staff to study additional views and vistas of historic places, landmarks, and cultural resources for consideration for viewshed protection.

The City of San Antonio has five Viewshed Protection Districts that are currently in place:

  • Alamo Viewshed (VP-1)
  • Mission Protection Overlay Districts (MPOD-1, MPOD-2, MPOD-3, MPOD-4)

The creation of a new Viewshed Protection District is a two-step process requiring both UDC Amendments and the implementation of a new zoning overlay district. As potential new districts are proposed, affected property owners will be notified and engaged in the adoption process.

Please use this page a resource; the tabs below will be updated throughout the process.

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Share Your Ideas

OHP is currently gathering public input regarding the locations and designs of potential new Viewshed Protection Districts.

We invite you to attend a public input meeting taking place on Monday, January 29, to share your ideas for views and sites that should be protected. The date and time of a second public meeting will be announced soon.

Can’t attend a meeting? Your input is still important to us! Please take time to email your comments to OHP. Written comments will be documented on this page.


During the month of January, you can participate by sharing photos of some your favorite San Antonio views. Submissions can be provided for public input three ways:

  1. Share your photo on social media using #ThisViewMatters and tagging @SApreservation
  2. Email your photo to
  3. Print your photo and bring it with you to the January 29 public input meeting. Printed photos should be 8X10 or letter-sized format. OHP staff will print all photos received electronically.

OHP will create a gallery of images for public input at the January 29 meeting. Following the meeting, the gallery will remain on display at the AIA offices for an extended period of time to allow for additional public comment.

Public Comments

OHP will collect written comments at the public meetings for future consideration.

Emails, letters, and other written public comments will be uploaded here as they become available.

Viewshed Technical Advisory Committee

A Viewshed Technical Advisory Committee began meeting in January 2018 to provide technical expertise in the review of proposed UDC Amendments, identifation of specific or unique approaches to viewshed protection, and to participation in the public input process.

  • Irby Hightower – Principal, Alamo Architects
  • Steve Yndo – President, ULI San Antonio
  • Madison Smith – Principal, Overland Partners
  • Rob Sipes – Zoning Commissioner, District 7
  • Adrianna Swindle – Chair, Latinos in Architecture - AIA San Antonio
  • Michael Guarino – Chair, HDRC
  • Monica SavinoDignowity Hill Architectural Review Committee
  • Sue Ann Pemberton – Professor, UTSA
  • Isabel Garcia – Professor, Alamo Colleges
  • Andres Andujar – CEO, HPARC
  • Vince Michael – Executive Director, San Antonio Conservation Society
  • Susan Beavin – President, San Antonio Conservation Society