Partnering with the community to build and maintain a safer San Antonio      │   January 2017
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Development Services Department


Roderick J. Sanchez

AICP, CBO-Director



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Grow Over Graffiti
Learn how to discourage graffiti vandalism. 
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 Services Center


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Development Services Earns a BCEGS Class 1 Rating

Great news! The Development Services Department is featured in the Community Fire Protection Newsletter for our achievement of reaching a classification of 1 from ISO Community Hazard Mitigation's Building Code Effectiveness Grading Schedule (BCEGS®). 

Click  here to read the full article:  San Antonio becomes first Texas community to earn a BCEGS Class 1
Parking at DSD just got easier!

The Development Services Department (DSD) is happy to announce the new parking lot at 1902 S. Alamo is now complete. With that, customers should have an easier time parking at the One Stop. 

The new parking lot, across the street from the main office, has about 90 new spots reserved for employee's only.  During the hours of 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday, DSD employees will park in their designated spots. The parking lot will be open for public use after hours and on city holidays, free of charge. 
At DSD, it is our intention to always have parking for our customers. Please understand there may be times that parking may be a challenge. Typically this happens when a high profile case is being heard at a commission or board meeting like the Zoning or Planning Commission or Building Standards Board. If parking is hard to find, the department asks for your patience as a parking spot will open soon.
Performance Measures - FY 2017


Performance Measures



The complete Performance Measures Report is available online


Permit Activity      



Information Bulletins and Other Resources

The latest Code Interpretations (CI) and Information Bulletins (IB) are provided below: 
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.
CI 2017-001 - Submission of Electronic Media Documents Without a Wet Signature, posted 1/24/17   This CI was developed to clarify that the Fire Code Official approves the submission of electronic media documents and documents without a "wet signature".

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.
Did you know?

Development Services offers weekly reports that list all the commercial and residential plans submitted for processing, as well as building permits that have been granted for developments in your area.

Visit the Reports web site to learn the latest on utility releases from CPS Energy, residential and commercial plans that have been submitted, building and residential permits issued, and new businesses that opened.    
Latest on SA Tomorrow 
The Office of Sustainability web site has just posted a variety of rapid fire presentations to update you on the latest information on San Antonio's Sustainability Champions CPS Energy rebates how VIA is planning for 1.6M new neighbors and market transformation within the food industry .  
City News

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proposed 2017-2022 bond program
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Other Department News
 - Customer Comments, New Hires, Recognition, etc.  
Kimberly Hopkins Photography Displayed @ City Exhibit
Kimberly and Mayor Taylor at the Exhibit Opening.

Congratulations to Kimberly Hopkins, Development Services Planner, Land Development, on her work displayed at the 'United We Are One' Exhibit, presented by the City of San Antonio's Department of Arts & Culture.
The exhibit celebrates how San Antonians have come together in the name of equality through three of the city's largest marches - the Martin Luther King, Jr. March, the Cesar Chavez March, and the International Women's Day March.
"My photography work explores the vision of everyday life. Life is a journey, why not capture the moment and have it for a life time," said Kimberly. "Throughout my photography journey, I have created various styles of images from self-portraits, nature, wildlife, and street photography. Each style gives a different outlook on life and a different emotion."
The "United We Are One" exhibit features 121 individual artworks by San Antonio artists, and is curated in part by Xavier Gilmore with the San Antonio Ethnic Arts Society and Sarah Castillo of Lady Base Gallery.
Kimberly said, "as my photography continues to grow, I rely on my conscious and subconscious to invent and transfer those thoughts into images."
The exhibit, which opened on Jan. 19, will run through March 31, 2017 and is free and open to the public at the Plaza de Armas Gallery, 115 Plaza de Armas, in downtown. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Kimberly's three photos on display at the 'United We Are One' Exhibit.

Here's what you said about us...

Jacob Sanchez, Assistant City Arborist, Tree, Landscape & Irrigation, Plan Review
I met with Jacob Sanchez before Christmas and he was very helpful and answered all my questions.
Tyrone Farias, Combination Building Inspector, Field Services
Tyrone Farias was my frame inspector and I just wanted to let you know how pleasant it was to work with him. He was patient, knowledgeable, and very professional. He walked me through every step of the inspection and educated me on new requirements per city code. I worked with a lot of inspectors and Tyrone's work ethic stands out and should be recognized. Excellent service is a rarity these days so I thought I'd write a quick note to let you know. Keep up the great work! 
Andre Hollins, Maintenance Crew Leader, Graffiti, Field Services
We found Mr. Hollins to be very courteous, knowledgeable and diligent. He wasted no time in removing the graffiti from our brick wall. 
Kimberly Hopkins, Planner, Land Entitlements, Land Development
Kimberly was very helpful and knowledgeable. 
Adrian Goetz, Tree and Landscape Inspector, Land Development
Ms. Goetz explained to me the details of the inspection, and provided resources to pass the inspection. Adriana is a great person and hard worker.  She contributes to making San Antonio better.
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.