In this Issue:
  • BuildSA Coming Oct. 1
  • Proposed Camp Bullis MLOD Rezoning
  • PRONTO is here for Staff
  • Online Resources
  • Performance Measures
  • Save the Date
  • Department News
The Development Services Department (DSD) – Land Development Division continues to make progress toward the transition to BuildSA, our new online system. We are excited about this new ‘way of doing business’ at DSD and can’t wait until you have the opportunity to try it out for yourself beginning Oct. 1.  

This new solution enables both customers and staff to more effectively track and manage Land Development processes and provide transparency of business transactions.

Additional services that you may benefit from include:

  • Ability to apply for applications on-line
  • Real-time access to the status of applications
  • Ability to make payments online using credit card or bank account
  • Search for application information using a parcel, address or contact
  • Electronic Document submittal
  • 24/7 Access

First, how will customers find BuildSA?
The Citizen Access Portal will be accessible on the Development Services website .   Look for the
Online Services-Quick Links located on the right side of the page beginning Oct. 1.  
Second, how do customers prepare to use the BuildSA site?
In preparation for the launch of BuildSA, DSD is providing several training opportunities between now, and the end of the year. Customers can find Online Portal Training materials such as the User Guide, Training Modules and Training Videos on the BuildSA training page . For easy navigation to the training guides, consider bookmarking the link and making it one of your favorites.
Training materials provide essential information about the functionality of BuildSA and use an easy to follow, step-by-step method. As such, we will be hosting training workshops to help customers familiarize themselves with the site and walk through various functionalities including: creating accounts, applying for permits, making payments online, uploading documentation, etc. In the meantime, you can look for some of our community sessions to be held at DSD Academy, Sept. 15, and Oct. 20. 
A dedicated support team will be available M-F, 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., starting Oct. 1, to help customers complete their transactions using BuildSA. We are happy to offer support and training each step of the way to ensure you are comfortable navigating and processing through the site. 

We are roughly two months away from launching BuildSA; be assured DSD will continue to provide the latest information and updates to help with the transition. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact the BuildSA team .
The BuildSA Team is on track to deliver the
Land Development platform on Oct. 1, 2018
Proposed - Camp Bullis to get 2018 MLOD Standards
In 2008, the Military Lighting Overlay District (MLOD) was created to regulate the installation and use of outdoor lighting within 5 miles of Camp Bullis. Earlier this year, the City Council passed revisions and updates to the MLOD standards and directed DSD staff to initiate implementation around Lackland and to update the overlay district around Camp Bullis.

The 2018 MLOD ordinance created two (2) Military Lighting Regions (MLR) around the bases. MLR 1 applies to areas within 3 miles of the installation (most restricted lighting). MLR 2 applies to areas between 3 and 5 miles of the installation (less restricted lighting). These regions will be regulated by BUG ratings, Lumens, and Correlated Color Temperature.

City Council approved the MLOD ordinance on Feb. 8, 2018. The MLOD ordinance went into effect on June 17, 2018, for Lackland AFB and Lackland Medina Annex. For Camp Bullis, DSD will continue to enforce the current 2008 MLOD until the updated overlay zoning district is approved by City Council around Camp Bullis. 

DSD staff has initiated the Camp Bullis zoning case to implement the 2018 MLOD standards. Our tentative timeline is as follows:

  • Aug. 20 & 28, 2018: Community Meetings
  • September 2018: Zoning Commission Consideration
  • October 2018: Council Consideration

Councilman Shaw initiated a City Council Request to start the rezoning overlay process to implement the 2018 MLOD standards around the Martindale Airfield.  This process will begin after City Council has approved the Camp Bullis overlay.  

For more questions about the Camp Bullis zoning case and MLOD, please contact John Osten at (210) 207-2187, or visit our MLOD website .
Proctored Remote Online Testing Option (PRONTO) for DSD Staff
The City of San Antonio’s Development Services Department (DSD) is one of the first in the nation to implement the Proctored Remote Online Testing Option (PRONTO) for contractors who require the Billboard Operator Exam, Commercial Sign Operator Exam, or Flatwork Exam. Made available through the International Code Council (ICC) in the fall of 2017, DSD moved quickly to test this new venue to acquire ICC certifications with much success for our employees and will begin offering the two sign exams to contractors on Sept. 1, followed by flatwork on Oct. 1.

 “The availability of PRONTO fits with one of our City’s Core Values – innovation. With this technology, more staff can take their certification exams,” said DSD Director Michael Shannon, PE, CBO. “As a department, we require our employees to obtain ICC certifications in various areas to ensure building and code enforcement teams are fully equipped to handle the construction, inspection and maintenance of code-compliant structures.”

By early 2018, DSD set up in our building a testing room with the needed equipment – a computer, a web cam and a microphone. Since then, 47 employees have used PRONTO to take nearly 50 exams. Feedback has been extremely positive. Raul Guevara, Commercial Building Inspector, points out “Having the ability to pay for a test and then take it online whenever I am ready is really convenient. Once connected to a proctor, the process for taking the exam is simple. I will continue to use the online exams to obtain additional certifications."

As a department, we believe ICC certifications strengthen our partnerships with our customers by addressing their needs effectively and efficiently. On July 1 of this year, DSD increased the number of positions eligible for incentive pay and certification pay. It is expected the availability of PRONTO and its onsite exam room will greatly incentivize more staff to gain additional certifications. Currently, nearly 40 percent of DSD’s plan reviewer, permitting and inspection staff hold one or more ICC certifications.

Contractors seeking City licenses for signs and flatwork can also take advantage of the PRONTO room at the Cliff Morton Development and Business Services Center. Prior approval by DSD is required. To schedule an appointment, contact Ramiro Carrillo , Development Services Manager, or Joe Jones , Building Inspections Supervisor. Contractors who use this service are required to pay for the exam at the time of the scheduled exam.
Online Resources
The following Rule Interpretations (RID) were recently updated:

The intent of RID #2018-005 is to provide clarification on TCI’s interpretation of Section 35-210 of the Unified Development Code as it relates to Low Impact Development (LID) Performance Standards for Redevelopment. TCI has interpreted that Water Quality Volume (WQV) for redevelopment projects shall be calculated based on the total post-project impervious cover within the limits of construction. 

For a complete list of resources, visit the following sites:
Performance Measures and Permit Report
The performance measures report is available online.
City Holiday
Sept. 3 - Labor Day

DSD Academy
Sept. 15 - BuildSA Training
Be on the lookout for SABCA training coming in October. The training sessions are on track to offer 2018 IECC Essentials, 2018 IBC and IFC Assembly Spaces and 2018 IRC Updates.

The schedule will be out in early September.
10 th Annual Historic Homeowner Fair
Join the Office of Historic Preservation (OHP), preservation professionals, and your neighbors at the 10th annual Historic Homeowner Fair Saturday, Sept. 29, 9 a.m. at the Pearl Stable! This free event is hosted by OHP and brings together owners of aging and historic homes with local professionals, services, and solutions.  For more information, visit the  10th annual Historic Homeowner Fair website.
Job Opportunities

DSD is hiring for the following positions. If you are interested in joining our department, please apply online .
Department News
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