Partnering with the community to build and maintain a safer San Antonio      │   February 2017
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Rod Sanchez and Mike Shannon
Congratulations to Roderick Sanchez, AICP, CBO, and Michael Shannon, PE, CBO, for their promotions, earlier this month, by City Manager Sheryl Sculley. 

Rod Sanchez was appointed Assistant City Manager. As a member of the Executive Leadership Team, he oversees the Development Services Department, Solid Waste Management Department, Building and Equipment Services Department, Office of Historic Preservation and the Office of Sustainability.  During his 20-year tenure with the city, Rod served as Director of Development Services since 2006, and held two  Assistant Director positions, one in the Planning Department and the other in Development Services. Rod also worked in the Budget Office as an analyst.

In line with Rod's promotion, Mike Shannon was named interim Director of the Development Services Department. Mike has been with the department for 15 years where he started as the  Fire Protection and Development Services Engineer, and since 2012 has served as Assistant Director of the Field Services division. As Assistant Director, Mike was the Deputy Building Official for the City of San Antonio and supported daily inspections and code investigations, over 70 inspectors and more than 130 code enforcement staff work to ensure that building construction codes and standards are followed during construction and that the City's property maintenance codes are enforced throughout the City. 

Our community is in great hands with both Rod and Mike's leadership; and should feel confident knowing that working together to keep San Antonio safe remains their number one priority for Development Services. 
Amin Tohmaz, PE, Interim Assistant Director, Field Services
The Development Services Department is happy to announce that Amin Tohmaz, PE, was appointed as Interim Assistant Director over the Field Services Division on Feb. 10, 2017. In this role, Amin will assist with planning, directing, managing and overseeing the activities and operations for the division. He will also have oversight of the department's Building Inspections and Code Enforcement sections which help protect the health and safety of buildings, properties and neighborhoods within our community.
Amin started his career at Development Services in the Plan Review Section as a Senior Engineer in 2013, and was promoted two years later to Development Services Engineer where he oversaw the day-to-day Plan Review operations.
Over the last four years, Amin has done great things for the department and will be an excellent fit to our Development Services Executive Team. He can be reached at 207-0114, or emailed.
Accepting PCTAC Applications through Feb. 28

The Planning Commission Technical Advisory Committee (PCTAC) is accepting applications. There are 12 positions open for the following areas:   
  • Development/Real Estate (2)
  • Engineering (3)
  • Planning (1)
  • Registered Architect (1)
  • Environmental/Historic Preservation (1)
  • Community at-Large (4)
Visit the PCTAC web site to learn more about the Commission. If you are interested in joining PCTAC, please complete the application by the deadline, Feb. 28, 2017. 

Performance Measures - FY 2017


Performance Measures


The complete Performance Measures Report is available online




Permit Activity      


Information Bulletins and Other Resources

The latest Information Bulletins (IB) are provided below: 
IB 552 provides clarification on the application process for activities that include geotechnical investigations. The IB also clarifies, depending on the scope of work, when a tree affidavit or tree permit is required.   

This IB was modified due to customer request for standard forms to fill out and submit for energy compliance letters to clear energy inspections prior to obtaining a certificate of occupancy.

For a complete list of additional resources, visit the sites shared below:      
The DSD Resources web site also offers more information, including Document Search, Forms and Applications, and Latest News.
Low Impact Development Training Coming Soon

Low Impact Development (LID) permanent stormwater best management practices (BMPs) are gaining ground as a method to manage runoff volumes and to meet water quality goals in the community. These practices often provide benefits beyond flood mitigation and water quality improvements including social, environmental and economic benefits. It is critical that these practices are constructed, inspected and maintained correctly in order to function as designed.
The San Antonio River Authority (SARA) and Bexar County developed a training program comprised of two courses for the construction inspection and post-construction inspection and maintenance of LID BMPs. The program supports Bexar County and City of San Antonio LID policies. The training program benefits planners, designers, contractors, inspectors, maintenance personnel, and BMP owners. The BMPs addressed by the courses include bioretention (e.g. rain gardens, bioswales), permeable pavement, sand filters, rainwater collection (e.g. cisterns), vegetated swales, filter strips, green roofs, and stormwater wetlands.
Training Dates for the next round of courses are: 
- March 27 & 28: LID Design and Construction Inspection Registration
- May 1 & 2: Annual Inspection and Maintenance Certification
Each 1.5-day course will be held at the Urban Ecology Center at Phil Hardberger Park and provides the opportunity to take an exam for the applicable Registration or Certification credential. Credentials are posted on the SARA web site.
More details and registration information can be found on the SARA web site at For questions regarding the courses, please contact Lee Marlowe at (210) 302-3624.

Did you know?

Development Services is excited to roll out our new email notification for both Planning Commission and Zoning Commission, Board of Adjustment, and tentative Zoning cases. To get these notifications, be sure to register today.  
City News

Saturday, May 6, 2017 Election
City of San Antonio Registered Voters will have the opportunity to elect a Mayor, ten Council members and to vote on six Bond Propositions totaling $850 Million. 

Ángel Rodríguez-Díaz - Largest-Ever Exhibition Devoted to San Antonio Artist Opens at Centro de Artes; runs through June 11, 2017
Rodríguez-Díaz lives in San Antonio, where several of his works are part of the City of San Antonio's public art collection and displayed throughout many City offices. As such, Angel is the One-Stop artist who painted the City mural on the second floor of the Cliff Morton Development and Business Services Center. The event is free to the public during business hours of Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Other Department News
 - Customer Comments, New Hires, Recognition, etc.  
Here's what you said about us...

Maria Frausto, Sr. Development Services Specialist, Customer Advocate, Plan Review
Mrs. Frausto was very helpful but most importantly, she was encouraging at a point when I needed the most. I wish that all city personnel were little more like her.
Sarah Esparza, Sr. Dev. Serv. Specialist, Plan Review and Ramiro Carrillo, Building Inspections Supervisor, Field Services
Thank you for your help in expediting our permits for Christmas and New Year's Day. We had a great experience. Your team of inspectors were fantastic. I have to say that I have had a great experience and wanted you all to know it.  Dr. David Miracle, Lead Pastor, Watershed Church
Veronica Scott, Code Enforcement Investigator, Field Services
Officer Scott personally came by and removed the tree limb that was in my street and put it in her truck. She has always been attentive and responsive AND a pleasure to work with. THE BEST!!!

Tyler Sorrells, Planner, Zoning, Land Development
Tyler was very very helpful and knowledgeable. He was patient and had answers to all my questions (I had a lot of them). Great guidance! Thanks Tyler!! 

Olivia Rodriguez, Development Services Specialist, Plan Review
I am very pleased with the customer service I received from Olivia! She was a huge help and got me in and out of there quickly. 
Catherine Hernandez, Margaret Pahl, Nyliah Acosta, Zoning, Land Development
Catherine Hernandez, Margaret Pahl and Nyliah Acosta were all extremely  professional, courteous and helpful while my wife and I worked through what turned out to be a contentious zoning variance. In addition, I'd like to somehow say thank you to the Board of Adjustment for the same professionalism.
New Hires


Congratulations to our DSD employees who received the following certifications: 

Job Opportunities


Development Services is recruiting for the following positions; apply online at: jobs.


For comments or suggestions regarding the Development Services Newsletter, contact Kathy Quinones.