A critical component of the World Heritage Work Plan is to update relevant neighborhood plans to reflect the desired and appropriate development goals for the areas surrounding the missions. Throughout the World Heritage Symposia Series conducted by the City of San Antonio and District 3 City Councilwoman, Rebecca J. Viagran in early 2016, the community provided input and feedback on a variety of issues; including ideas and goals about land use and sensitive development throughout the World Heritage area. The community indicated a focal point is the need to balance the reverence of the San Antonio Missions with various opportunities for growth and development that come with the World Heritage Site designation.
On December 1, 2016, San Antonio City Council approved 11 land use amendments and updates to four community plans following an open and public input process with community members and property owners within the following neighborhood plans: Lone Star Neighborhood Plan, South Central Community Plan, Stinson Airport Vicinity Land Use Plan, and Heritage South Sector Plan. Following City Council’s approval of the amendments, City staff began the process in early 2017 to analyze zoning for the areas impacted by the land use amendments and general themes. Additionally, the City identified opportunities throughout the World Heritage area to align zoning with existing land use for overlays and corridor plans such as the Mission Protection Overlay District (MPOD), River Improvement Overlay District (RIO), and the Roosevelt and South Presa Corridor.
san antonio City council approved zoning Changes
Updated: October 2018
On August 2, 2018, the San Antonio City Council unanimously approved zoning changes that aligned with existing neighborhood plans surrounding the four southernmost Missions along the San Antonio River and major corridors, such as Mission Road, Roosevelt Avenue, and S. Presa Street. This follows over two and a half years of community engagement and working with residents throughout the World Heritage area to obtain feedback and input on land use and zoning. City staff briefed several neighborhoods, met on a one-on-one basis with property owners, as well as hosted (3) community meetings on December 5, 2017, January 23, 2018, and March 6, 2018, to share information and update the community on the proposed zoning changes.
Additionally, City staff hosted a Zoning Mini-Open House from March 9 through April 7, 2018 at the Mission Branch Library (Fridays), Stinson Municipal Airport (Wednesdays & Saturdays), and the City’s Development Services Department (by appointment) to meet with property owners. These meetings were focused on understanding the needs and long-term plans of property owners in the area. Recommendations were presented to the Zoning Commission on April 17 and June 5, 2018. Ultimately, the zoning changes respond to community feedback and input received throughout the initial World Heritage Symposia Series on land use.
Land Use Changes