Partnering with our community to build and maintain a safer San Antonio  | Dec. 2017
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Development Services Department
Mike Shannon,  PE,  CBO
Development  & 
Business Services Center
Main Address:
1901 S. Alamo San Antonio, TX 78204
Office Hours: 
7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Monday - Friday
Mailing Address:
PO Box 839966
San Antonio, TX 78283
BuildSA Update
2017 is coming to close on a high note with the BuildSA project well under way!  The BuildSA Team is working diligently alongside the GCOM Team to ensure a successful Oct. 1, 2018 go-live date for Land Development. Most days you will find both teams in close proximity at the One Stop, for ease of communication, while making prompt and concerted decisions.
GCOM is the largest Accela Certified Partner and holds extensive experience in the implementation of business processes and systems. They are familiar with the Accela Software and have assisted other government entities  with successfully launching similar projects. We are excited about moving forward and working closely with our partner, GCOM. 
The implementation schedule for BuildSA breaks down into a total of 14 sprints, each sprint lasts four weeks. Sprint 0 was the foundation sprint, primarily targeting project planning and arrangement of all resources needed to successfully begin work on the project. As shown in the sprint schedule below, Sprint 2, which ran from October 30 to November 24 is successfully completed.  
We are now solidly in Sprint 3, which started Nov. 27 and ends on Dec. 22. During the next eight (8) sprints, GCOM's focus is on updating the configuration of Land Development applications. GCOM conducts a product demonstration of the enhanced configuration for the City's review at the end of each sprint.
As we make progress toward a successful implementation of BuildSA, our Organizational Change Management (OCM) Team continues to prepare for roadshows, DSD Staff and Citizen End-user training sessions.  The Training sessions and roadshows are scheduled to begin the summer of 2018.
Mobile Living Parks 

On Dec. 14, 2017, an ordinance was passed by City Council in an effort to improve the overall health and safety of residents living in mobile home parks. Changes to the City Code, Chapter 18 provisions, include dedicated staff to conduct proactive park inspections to ensure they are in compliance with the City's Property Maintenance Code.  More information will be shared in the January 2018 Development Insight Newsletter. 
DSD Holiday Schedule
The Development Services Department and the Fire Marshal's office will be closed Dec. 25, 2017 through Jan. 1, 2018 in observance of the City Winter Holiday.  The office will re-open on Jan. 2, 2018, with the regular schedule of 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Note:  Online scheduling for inspections will not be available during the Winter Holiday Break.  
DSD Academy - Permits for Work in your Home

The next DSD Academy session is scheduled for Jan. 20, 2018 on 'How and When to get Permits for Work in your Home'.  The Permitting Team will answer some of the most frequently asked questions and address your concerns.

This session will be presented from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Board Room, inside the Cliff Morton Development & Business Services Center, located at 1901 S. Alamo.

Email  Ximena Copa-Wiggins for more information, or you can contact her at 210.207.0221.
Online Resources
Development Services is excited to share the department's first Annual Report, A Year in Review 2017.  The report includes our accomplishments from FY 2017 and upcoming projects that are currently underway.  Much thanks to our stakeholders, customers, and residents for your business.

For a complete list of resources, visit the following sites:  
Performance Measures - FY 2018
The complete Performance Measures report is available  online
Permit Activity
Green Shade Tree Rebate
Our City Arborist reminds you to take advantage of CPS Energy's "Green Shade Tree Rebate" Program.

Trees planted in the correct locations around your house can save you up to 25% of the energy your home uses, increase property values and contribute toward a healthier environment.  And thanks to the CPS rebate program, can now put some cash back in your wallet.  To qualify for the $50 rebate:
  • Trees must be five gallons or larger and from the qualified species list on the application form.
  • Rebates of $50 for each eligible tree are awarded on a first come, first serve basis - until program funds are exhausted.
  • There is a lifetime limit of five rebates per address.
  • Application must include a photocopy of the original sales receipt for trees purchased, as well as a photocopy of a recent CPS Energy bill and be postmarked by 5/15/18.
  • Trees must be purchased between 10/1/17 and 4/30/18.
  • Tree rebate applications for 2017 - 2018 are available now.
Visit the  Green Shade Tree Rebate web page to learn more about the program.

CPS Energy

Other Department News
- New Hires, Recognition and more

Congratulations to our DSD employees who received the following certifications:  

New Hires