View Shed Initiative

In 2017, District 7 Councilwoman Ana E. Sandoval and District 2 Councilman William “Cruz” Shaw recently submitted a Council Consideration Request to initiate the process to consider additional San Antonio landmarks for viewshed protection and to enable the establishment of potential Viewshed Protection Districts. The CCR also directs OHP staff to study additional views and vistas of historic places, landmarks, and cultural resources for consideration for viewshed protection.

The City of San Antonio has five Viewshed Protection Districts that are currently in place:

  • Alamo Viewshed (VP-1)
  • Mission Protection Overlay Districts (MPOD-1, MPOD-2, MPOD-3, MPOD-4)

The creation of a new Viewshed Protection District is a two-step process requiring both UDC Amendments and the implementation of a new zoning overlay district. As potential new districts are proposed, affected property owners will be notified and engaged in the adoption process.

Please use this page a resource; the tabs below will be updated throughout the process.

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Share Your Ideas

Public input meetings were held on January 29 and March 5 to inform the types and places of views to be considered for protection. The results of those meetings are provided below.

Can’t attend a meeting? Your input is still important to us! Please take time to email your comments to OHP. Written comments will be maintained on this page.


In February, we launched an online visual survey to assess potential viewsheds for eligibility. Using the most popular photos collected by the public, the survey is the next, critical step in evaluating potential new viewshed protection districts. As proposed, potential viewshed protection districts will be evaluated based on their demonstration of 1) An Iconic Snapshot, 2) Cultural Ties, and 3) Value to Urban Planning efforts. The survey was made available February 15 - March 15. The results of that survey can be found on the Documents and Resources tab.

We also invite you to continue to share your photos on social media using #ThisViewMatters and tagging @SApreservation.

Public Comments

Emails, letters, and other written public comments will be uploaded here as they become available.

Viewshed Technical Advisory Committee

A Viewshed Technical Advisory Committee began meeting in January 2018 to provide technical expertise in the review of proposed UDC Amendments, identifation of specific or unique approaches to viewshed protection, and to participation in the public input process.

  • Irby Hightower – Principal, Alamo Architects
  • Steve Yndo – President, ULI San Antonio
  • Madison Smith – Principal, Overland Partners
  • Rob Sipes – Zoning Commissioner, District 7
  • Adrianna Swindle – Chair, Latinos in Architecture - AIA San Antonio
  • Michael Guarino – Chair, HDRC
  • Monica SavinoDignowity Hill Architectural Review Committee
  • Sue Ann Pemberton – Professor, UTSA
  • Isabel Garcia – Professor, Alamo Colleges
  • Andres Andujar – CEO, HPARC
  • Vince Michael – Executive Director, San Antonio Conservation Society
  • Susan Beavin – President, San Antonio Conservation Society