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SAN ANTONIO (May 3, 2019) — Monday’s Bandera Road Community Meeting, one of the City’s highest-attended public meetings, showed a strong partnership between the City of San Antonio’s Planning Department, SASpeakUp program, TxDOT and Council District 7. 601 residents attended the meeting and provided their input to improve Bandera Road.
“Our team did a great job of inviting the public to a discussion that everyone wants to have. Bandera Road has been a problem for residents since the days of stagecoaches,” said Councilwoman Ana Sandoval. “Our residents have been clamoring for engagement and an opportunity to shape its growth.”
Attendees at the meeting learned more about the Planning Department’s Corridor Planning process and TxDOT’s ongoing traffic study of Bandera, and answered several polling questions to inform the plan’s priorities. The two studies complement each other—TxDOT’s focuses on traffic patterns, while the City’s focuses on economic development, land use, and safety along the corridor.
“This is a unique opportunity to bring together and harmonize the City’s long-range planning efforts with great work that TXDOT. Bandera Road is an important corridor for San Antonio and for the entire San Antonio region,” said Planning Department Assistant Director Rudy Nino, Jr.
As part of the presentation, the Planning Department outlined the planning process, including plans for extensive community engagement. The department plans to hold quarterly meetings for the members of the Bandera Road Planning Team; business forums; meetings with residents, property owners, and neighborhood associations; and two additional community forums like Monday’s meeting. They will also engage residents through “pop-up” meetings at community events.
The Planning Department expects to complete the Corridor Plan by fall 2020. This plan will inform the simultaneous TxDOT engineering and design studies which are expected to be complete by fall 2022. Following this, the City and TxDOT will identify project funding, complete a final project design, and then begin construction.
“I’m excited to get Bandera moving,” says Sandoval. “There is no silver bullet for a roadway like this—only silver buckshot.”
The presentation for the evening, including the polling results and survey, is available on the City’s website.