In this Issue:
  • Holiday Schedule
  • BuildSA Update
  • FY 2018 Annual Report
  • Martindale MLOD / MSAO Ordinance
  • Arbor Day Celebration
  • Online Resources
  • Performance Measures
  • Department News
Quick Links
Holiday Schedule
December Observances:

The Development Services Department and the Fire Marshal’s Office will be closed Dec. 24, 2018 through Jan. 1, 2019 in observance of the City Winter Holiday. Both offices will re-open on Jan. 2. 2019, as regularly scheduled, from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
*Holiday Inspections on Dec. 27 & 28 will be available if scheduled, and paid for by 10 a.m., Friday, Dec. 21 (tomorrow). Please note, after-hour fees will apply. To schedule an appointment, call:
  • Plat Construction Inspections — (210) 207-0281
  • Building Inspections — (210) 207-1111
  • Fire System Inspections — (210) 207-8410
Note: Online scheduling for inspections will not be available during the Winter Holiday.
The Board of Adjustment (BOA), Planning Commission (PC), and Plat Recordation dates have been revised to accommodate the upcoming holiday season:

For more information, visit the online holiday schedule .
BuildSA Update
One of the values of Development Services Department’s (DSD) online system is the ability to upload and share documentation 24/7. Gone are the days of printing hard copies and the need to deliver, or mail, to separate locations. As part of its many features and benefits, DSD’s Citizen Access Portal eliminates these outdated processes for you by providing an Electronic Document Review submittal engine and the ability to upload other supporting documentation quickly, effectively and worry-free.

To help you navigate this feature in Citizen Access, a Frequently Asked Questions guide has been developed. To access the guide, please visit our BuildSA Training webpage and familiarize yourself with the automated process of electronic document upload and retrieval.

An example of some of the information addressed in the Frequently Asked Questions guide include:
Q: Am I able to delete attachments (documents) after they are uploaded?
A: The applicant is not able to delete successfully uploaded document(s).

Q: How do I know DSD staff received my attachment?
A: Staff has the ability to view documents on the record as needed. However, if staff requested a document to be uploaded, after you have uploaded the requested document, the status of the task changes from Additional Information Required to Additional Information Received.

As always, we value your input. Please email your comments or questions regarding BuildSA.
The FY 2018 Annual Report is Here!
We are pleased to share our second edition of the Development Services Annual Report.

This report highlights our accomplishments of FY 2018. Themed throughout the booklet is our partnership with the community, stakeholders, and San Antonio overall. 2018 was a busy year, development-wise. We anticipate 2019 to be just as busy! We look forward to working with you.

Martindale MLOD / MSAO Ordinance
On Dec. 6, 2018, the City Council continued their commitment of supporting and maintaining the Military’s Mission in San Antonio by passing an ordinance to protect and preserve Martindale Army Airfield on the City’s far east side. 

The ordinance establishes a Military Lighting Overlay District (MLOD) within five miles of the boundaries of Martindale in order to protect night time training missions from the negative effects of light pollution. The ordinance also establishes a Military Sound Attenuation District (MSAO) within one-quarter of a mile from the flight training path of helicopters utilizing the base. 

Development Services staff, along with the Office of Military Affairs, worked in partnership with and at the request of the Texas Army National Guard to get these ordinances passed with the goal of both reducing the impact to the base from adjacent development and reducing the impact to neighbors of noise generated from the base’s training missions. These measures will help to ensure that the vital training missions at Martindale remain in place, and are part of a broader commitment by the City of San Antonio to remain Military City USA!

For more information, visit Military Lighting Overlay District website . The ordinance will be posted to this site once it has been signed by the City Clerk's Office.
Arbor Day Fun
On Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, the City of San Antonio and the University of Texas San Antonio celebrated Arbor Day at the Main UTSA campus on 1604. Volunteers arrived early to help plant over 90 native species trees on the UTSA campus. A highlight of the Arbor Day celebration came when Mayor Ron Nirenberg read the city’s official Arbor Day proclamation celebrating the role trees play in improving our quality of life and promoting the proper planting, care and maintenance of trees in our communities. 
This year’s Arbor Day event was recognized as an official San Antonio Tricentennial Celebration, appropriately called a “Tree-Centennial”. To commemorate the Tree-Centennial, three hundred native species trees were free to citizens, to take home and plant. Popular species such as mountain laurel, live oak, Mexican white oak, Texas fall elm, and Texas redbud were available.
Arbor Day was first celebrated on April 10, 1874 in Nebraska. We celebrate Arbor Day on the first Friday of November in Texas to promote the best time to plant trees. Planting native trees in the fall is the best time as it allows roots to become established for a better chance at surviving the long, hot, and dry summers experienced, here in San Antonio.
It’s not too late to plant a native tree to benefit your yard, your neighborhood and our beautiful city.

For more information on trees, including Oak Wilt prevention and maintenance, visit us online at preserving our natural habitat .
Pictures from Arbor Day event, including volunteers, and guest appearances by Mayor Nirenberg & Mark C Bird, City Arborist.
Online Resources
The Information Bulletin (IB) listed below had recent changes; to learn more, select the link.  

This IB was revised to include additional information regarding what should be added in PPR meeting minutes submitted to the City by the customer, and a policy of no recording during PPR meetings.

Note: The 2018 International Council Codes went into effect Oct. 1. As a result, DSD updated many of the IBs to reflect editorial revisions to the forms, including changes to show 2018 ICC instead of 2015 ICC. 

For a complete list of resources, visit the following sites:
Performance Measures & Permit Report
Performance Measures
The performance measures report is available online .
Permit Report
Job Opportunities
If you are interested in joining our department, apply online .
Department News
For promotions, new hires, and certification news, click here .