BANDERA ROAD CORRIDOR PLAN Overview
The City of San Antonio is currently engaged in a collaborative, community planning process that will culminate in the development of a multi-modal transportation, future land-use, economic development, and urban design plan for the Bandera Road Corridor. This corridor will be the first of its kind to be developed under the guidance of the SA Tomorrow Comprehensive Plan which was adopted by City Council in 2016.
In an effort to leverage resources, streamline processes, and promote inter-agency cooperation, the City is working closely with community partners including the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), the City of Leon Valley, and others, to facilitate an inclusive planning process which prioritizes public participation and, in the spirit of the SA Tomorrow Comprehensive Plan, informs recommendations related to multi-modal transportation, future land use, economic development and urban design.
BANDERA ROAD CORRIDOR PLAN AREA
The Bandera Road Corridor plan area is primarily located in San Antonio, Texas, with an approximate 2 linear mile area bisecting the City of Leon Valley, Texas. The Bandera Road Corridor links northwest San Antonio (just inside Loop 410) and Leon Valley with Downtown San Antonio via Bandera and Culebra, connecting many crosstown routes with a direct path to the city center. The proposed Corridor Plan length is approximately 6.5 linear miles, and includes an area within one-half mile around Bandera Road, from Loop 410 to Loop 1604.
BANDERA ROAD CORRIDOR PLAN objectives
- Develop a sustainable and attractive corridor that accomplishes the collective vision of the City of San Antonio and the City of Leon Valley
- Develop accommodations for multiple modes of transportation, support better traffic management, and foster an environment that is appealing to residents, visitors, businesses, and investors that is safe for all users.
- Guide future public and private development through best practices in public policy – laying the foundation for a strong local economy anchored by new development and redevelopment in the spirit of the SA Tomorrow Comprehensive Plan.
- Incorporate landscaping to beautify our community and providing shade for pedestrians and potential future transit riders, while intelligently managing stormwater runoff.
- Provide increased physical connections to surrounding neighborhoods and commercial districts.
In partnership with the Texas Department of Transportation, the City of Leon Valley, the West San Antonio Chamber, and the Northwest San Antonio Chamber we invite all business owners along the Bandera Road corridor to join us in discussing how traffic and land use affects your business. Two identical sessions will be held at City Church located at 9431 Bandera Road on March 4, 2020; Session 1 will be held from 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.; Session 2 will be held from 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. If you plan to join us please RSVP your preferred session time to BanderaRoad@pozcam.com
COMMUNITY MEETING 1
On Monday, April 29, 2019, the City of San Antonio held the first Community Meeting for the Bandera Road Corridor Plan. The meeting was hosted by City Church located at 9431 Bandera Rd., San Antonio, Texas 78250 from 7:00- 8:00 p.m.
The goal of this Community Meeting was to introduce the public to the plan and the processes involved in the project while gathering crucial information from the public about the current state and future vision of SH-16, Bandera Road. Extensive outreach was performed by the City of San Antonio and the City of Leon Valley which both utilized direct-mail postcards to addresses located near the corridor; the City of San Antonio also placed changeable message signs throughout the corridor.
Speakers included San Antonio- District 7 Councilwoman Ana Sandoval, Mr. Jonathan Bean, Director of Transportation Planning and Development with the TxDOT San Antonio District, and Mr. Rudy Niño, Assistant Director for the City of San Antonio Planning Department.
601 members of the public attended this Community Meeting, which included an interactive, real-time survey embedded in the presentation. TxDOT also utilized this meeting to collect community input on their project providing iPads, and bilingual hard-copy surveys.
The meeting was attended by eight (8) elected officials representing the City of San Antonio, City of Leon Valley, Bexar County and the Texas House of Representatives. The meeting was covered by four (4) members of the Media (Spectrum, KSAT, Telemundo, & KABB/WOAI) and was featured on a morning segment of Texas Public Radio’s The Source.
For an in depth look at the Community Meeting and its components please view the Bandera Road Community Meeting Summary Report at the link below. For a more concise glimpse of the information discussed, please view the Community Meeting 1 PowerPoint Presentation and Survey Results.
COMMUNITY MEETING 2
In collaboration with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), San Antonio City Council District 7, and the City of Leon Valley, the City of San Antonio’s Planning Department held two public meetings, on December 10, 2019 and December 11, 2019, to discuss the data gathered by the City and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). Project staff gave overview presentations at 5:15, 5:45, and 6:15 p.m.– the presentations were also broadcast live via SA Tomorrow’s Facebook and can be watched at the link below.
The meetings were held in an open house style format at Brandeis High School and the City of Leon Valley’s Community & Conference Center. Interactive stations invited the public to identify problem areas along a map of the corridor, brainstorming maps to identify desires for future land uses, as well as an exercise to ascertain mobility alternatives for those who commute along the corridor. Residents, local businesses, and all interested parties were welcomed to attend either or both public meetings, 222 comments were collected from the public via comment sheets and submitted emails, verbal comments were also collected via a certified court reporter at a designated station.
To learn more about the information presented by TxDOT and the City of San Antonio please follow the links below to the TxDOT SH 16 Bandera Road from I-410 to Loop 1604 project page.
December 10, 2019
December 5, 2019
August 22, 2019
April 29, 2019
bANDERA ROAD CORRIDOR pLAN
On October 21, 2018 the City of San Antonio’s Planning Department announced plans to begin a corridor plan for the 6.5 linear miles of Bandera Road (SH 16) between Loop 1604 and I-410. The plan is the first of its kind to be executed under the guidance of the SA Tomorrow Comprehensive Plan passed by City Council in 2016. The study aims to leverage a concurrent traffic study by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and is comprised of a Task Force which steers the two studies, a Planning Group comprised of local stakeholders and neighborhood leaders, and a Technical Working Group comprised of professionals in the Planning, Engineering, and Transportation sectors as well as local and state representatives.
eSTABLISHING A SHARED VISION
Setting goals and objectives with an understanding of the needs of our community is vital to the planning, design and implementation process. The City of San Antonio, The City of Leon Valley, the Texas Department of Transportation and all involved partners have committed to a publicly informed process. Establishing shared vision will lead to an implementable plan. The community engagement process is a collaborative effort by the City of San Antonio the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), and the City of Leon Valley.
The Bandera Corridor Task Force works collaboratively across government agencies and with public and private partners to transform Bandera Road into a destination corridor that moves people safely, efficiently and sustainably; accommodates multi-modal transportation including pedestrians, cyclists, automobiles and high-occupancy vehicles; enriches the surrounding community with attractive amenities and businesses; and ties the adjacent communities together, creating a sense of place for residents, employees and commuters along the corridor.
EXISTING CONDITIONS ASSESSMENT
The Bandera Road Corridor Plan is currently in the Existing Conditions Assessment Phase. At this point, the City of San Antonio has given direction to the consultant team on the project. Staff will work closely with the consulting team and project partners to execute a community engagement plan, collect data relating to the project objectives and summarize existing conditions to gain an in depth technical understanding of the Bandera Road Corridor.
The City will analyze data collected on a range of topics relating to land use, market conditions, demographics, traffic, transit, biking and pedestrian mobility, visual aesthetics and sustainability. The data collected will inform recommendations as the project progresses.