CONTACT: Justin Renteria, 210-207-0900
SAN ANTONIO (December 12, 2019) — Today, the San Antonio City Council voted unanimously to amend Chapter 35 of the Unified Development Code relating to existing MF-33 and RM-4 zoning designations. In 2017, Councilman Treviño authored a Council Consideration Request based on input from constituents to bring attention to some of the issues their neighborhoods were facing regarding new developments.
The approved addition will safeguard neighborhoods and work against incentivizing the demolition of single-family homes. It requires new developments to be held to a height restriction of 35-feet if next to a vacant residential lot. Previously, multi-family developments could build up to 45-feet high. Councilman Treviño provided the following statement:
“The Code change approved today is easy to understand and enforce. Importantly, it will protect neighborhoods from out of character development that is too tall, disorients the blockface, and where setbacks are incompatible with the rest of the neighborhood. The Tier One Neighborhood Coalition, which includes various neighborhoods throughout the city, supported the amendment as additional protection to the neighborhood from large multifamily developments near single family homes.
I appreciate the hard work of the many neighborhood leaders and industry professionals who worked together for months to review our Unified Development Code and develop solutions for some of the issues which impact our neighborhoods near the urban core. Thank you, Rod Sanchez, Michael Shannon, and the Development Services staff for working diligently with residents and the District 1 Office to strengthen our Code.
While I look forward to the impact of these changes, our office will continue to work on multifamily code through the Unified Development Code 2020 amendment process, where we will address the number of structures on a single lot as mentioned in the August 22, 2017 Council Consideration Request.”