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SAN ANTONIO (May 2, 2019) – Today, City Council adopted the Brooks Area Regional Center Plan as a component of the City’s SA Tomorrow Comprehensive Plan. The adoption of the Brooks Area Regional Center Plan will guide public and private investment in the Southside and improve mobility, housing, and employment opportunities while protecting the natural resources and character of the Brooks Area.
Councilwoman Viagran advocated for the inclusion of and the Brooks Area and its significant neighborhoods such as Highland Hills, and Highland Forest in Phase 2 of the Sub-Area planning process to implement the SA Tomorrow Comprehensive Plan. “Originally the Brooks Area was not included in Phase I of the implementation process and now Brooks is the first of the SA Tomorrow Regional Center Plans to be completed and will be the first to begin implementing the goals and strategies that ensure that the Brooks Area can have a higher quality of life,” said Viagran. “This plan provides our residents with the opportunity to assess specific challenges, set community goals, and to implement the important projects and investments that can help achieve both community and citywide priorities.”
The Brooks Area Regional Center Plan aims to create a realistic and implementable strategy to address projected growth in the Brooks Area Regional Center, one of the thirteen Regional Centers identified in the SA Tomorrow Comprehensive Plan. Anchored by the redevelopment of the Brooks campus, this area is one of San Antonio's emerging activity centers and a major catalyst for growth on the Southside of the City. The main topics covered by the Plan include Land Use, Mobility, Amenities and Infrastructure, Focus Areas/Corridors, Catalytic Projects, Economic Development, and Housing.
“I am excited for this plan to help leverage current and future investments, protect neighborhoods, and improve the quality of life for workers and residents in the Brooks Area and District 3,” said Viagran.
The planning process began June 28, 2017 with a kick off meeting and continued for two years with four community meetings/open houses, nine planning team meetings, workshops and numerous meetings with community organizations, neighborhood associations, and community partners like the San Antonio River Authority, the Brooks Development Authority, and VIA.