This is the process that was followed during the design process. The final design standards and guidelines were passed by City Council for final approval in February 2017.

As part of the community-wide effort to revitalize San Pedro Creek through the Improvements Project, the San Antonio River Authority has commissioned the creation of design standards and guidelines for a new zoning overlay district. This new district will ensure compatible and high-quality development along the Creek and adjacent corridors to preserve the public investment in the Creek.

For the most updated information on the guidelines and the zoning process, please visit the City of San Antonio Office of Historic Preservation webpage for the guidelines by clicking HERE.

ABOUT DESIGN OVERLAY DISTRICTS

Design standards and guidelines for zoning overlay districts have a long history in San Antonio. While zoning generally describes land use, building placement, building height, and site development requirements like parking, design guidelines deal with the specific character of a building and goals for the development of a district of related buildings and public spaces. Overlay districts allow design standards and guidelines to be applied to a specific area regardless of the base zoning district, which is not changed by the overlay. However, some uses allowed in the base zoning district may be excluded in the overlay district.

With a long and successful track record of the River Improvement Overlay (RIO) Districts, the new design zoning overlay district for the Creek will be patterned after the RIO guidelines calibrated to match the design character of the San Pedro Creek Improvements Project.

For more information on the RIO Districts, please visit the City of San Antonio website or click here.

DRAFT GUIDELINES

High Level Summary

Initial Draft
Updated Draft: June 6, 2016

Updated Draft: June 23, 2016

Updated Draft: August 15, 2016

PROCESS + SCHEDULE

Process to draft guidelines:

March 1, 2016: Property Owner/Stakeholder meeting no. 1
March 10, 2016: San Pedro Creek Subcommittee Meeting
March 29, 2016: Property Owner/Stakeholder meeting no. 2
May 16, 2016: Initial draft of new design zoning overlay district guidelines

Formal adoption process:

Design Review Committee (sub-committee of the HDRC)
Historic and Design Review Commission
Zoning Commission
Neighborhoods and Livability City Council Committee
February 9, 2017: Passed City Council A-Session

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT IS THE CURRENT BASE ZONING FOR THE SAN PEDRO CREEK IMPROVEMENT PROJECT LIMITS?

The project north of El Paso Street is located in the D district and is under the Downtown Design Guidelines. South of El Paso Street, properties are zoned Industrial, Commercial, Multi-family, and Infill Development. The properties are not currently covered by design guidelines.

WILL THIS INCREASE MY PROPERTY TAXES?

The creation of a new zoning overlay district does not affect tax rates.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DESIGN STANDARDS AND DESIGN GUIDELINES?

Design Standards are requirements that must be met and generally have active verbs describing the requirement. Sentences usually have words like, “shall” or “must,” followed by “provide” or “install.” Design Guidelines are recommendations that are not standards and use words like “should” or “consider.” Projects must comply with Design Standards and are strongly encouraged to comply with Design Guidelines.

AM I REQUIRED TO MAKE IMPROVEMENTS TO MY BUILDING OR PROPERTY?

The new zoning overlay district will not affect underlying zoning designation or permitted uses. The guidelines do not affect existing buildings that are not being changed, nor will they apply to single-family house owners or small scale residential developments.

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