Extending from Hildebrand Avenue south to US Highway 281 North,
the northernmost of the six (6) RIO districts includes a mix of
residential, commercial, and recreational uses.
The design objectives for RIO-1 are: to maintain the character of
existing residential neighborhoods and redevelop commercial nodes;
to encourage mixed use redevelopment of the urban character along
Broadway and Avenue B; and to maintain scenic open space and the
natural character of the river, particularly through Brackenridge
Extending south from US Highway 281 North to Lexington in the
northern portion of downtown San Antonio, the area encompassed by
RIO-2 includes small single-family residential pockets surrounded by
a variety of higher-density and commercial uses.
The design objectives for RIO-2 are: to encourage high-density, mixed-use developments as extensions of
the downtown core; to encourage neighborhood and cultural tourism oriented uses as well
as those that provide additional housing for downtown workers; to enhance the pedestrian experience with high quality streetscape
designs and links to the public Riverwalk; and to enhance the pedestrian experience with high-quality building
designs that include balconies facing the river and primary
entrances facing the street.
Extending from Lexington south to West Durango Boulevard, RIO-3
includes the traditional Riverwalk "horseshoe" that still maintains
many of the original features designed by architect Robert H. H.
The design objectives for RIO-3 are: the historic work of Robert Hugman, CCC and WPA construction
work, Ethel Harris tile work, and work of the National Youth
Administration shall be respected and preserved in all construction
efforts, and adherence to the intent and spirit of those plans is
essential in all construction; traditional, formal street level design precedents shall be
respected, but at the river level, the more informal, handcrafted
style shall be maintained; the integrity of historic properties shall be preserved,
and historic differences between street level designs and river
level designs shall be respected; the traditional design context of
the area shall be respected at two levels: the broader downtown
context and the immediate block as it faces the river; the
microclimate of the river walk level shall be maintained and, during
construction, shall be given extra protection, and River
operations staff will be consulted to provide specific instructions
for construction procedures.
Extending from West Durango Boulevard south to Mission Road,
RIO-4 meanders along the Arsenal, through the King William Historic
south through a portion of the Mission Historic District.
The design objectives for RIO-4 are: to encourage urban quality mixed-use developments;
to preserve and enhance the historic character as well as emphasize
the street scene; to construct new development that complements the nearby historic King William area but
does not mimic
its style; and to encourage new development in clustered nodes.
Extending from Mission Road south to Southeast Military Drive,
RIO-5 skirts the San Jose Mission complex.
The RIO-5 design objectives are: to maintain the residential character of the area while encouraging
development of new mixed-use nodes that offer neighborhood shopping
and services; and to respect established neighborhoods in new top-of-bank riverscape
designs, particularly recreational opportunities that require
parking or transport of recreational equipment.
Extending from Southeast Military
Drive south beyond Southeast Loop 410 that includes the Mission
Espada complex, RIO-6 has a distinctly rural character, consisting
of rolling riparian prairie.
The design objectives for RIO-6 are: to maintain the historic rural Texas character while encouraging
development of new and mixed-use nodes; and to maintain the natural quality at the top of the riverbank using
native plants and minimizing formally landscaped areas to preserve
the natural character of the river.