In this Issue:
  • BuildSA update
  • Revised Plat Completeness Review Form
  • The Latest on Short-Term Rentals
  • Oak Wilt Prevention Tips
  • Online Resources
  • Performance Measures
  • Save the Date
  • Department News
As we continue to make progress toward a launch this fall, the Development Services Department (DSD) is excited about transitioning to a more modern system that will empower our customers. BuildSA will assist with transparency at DSD and increase engagement with our community. Registering for a BuildSA online portal account will help place some of the features our customers have been asking for, at their fingertips. 

Let’s recap some of the services that will be available:
  • Real-time access to the status of your application
  • Make payments online using credit card or bank account
  • Ability to search for any application using a parcel, address, or contact
  • Electronic Document submittal
  • Easy and convenient access to our system 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Now, let’s talk about another benefit of creating an online portal account. With BuildSA, registered users will have the ability to delegate access to staff members in their organization.

What is a delegate?
A delegate is a person whom you, or your organization, entrust a task or responsibility to, typically one who is part of your organization and is less senior than oneself. A delegate is not a contact on your application - rather it is a staff member that is managing some parts, or all functions of your applications on your behalf. 

What can a delegate do?
A delegate can perform only the functions delegated by the delegator. For example, a delegator can give a delegate permission to submit applications on behalf of the delegator, request inspections, view and upload documents and make payments.
Permissions can be added, removed or edited from a delegator’s online portal account. 

What is the benefit of having a delegate?
The benefit of having a delegate is that delegates are submitting on behalf of one organization or group. The delegator maintains ownership of the applications/records and keeps visibility of all the activity submitted on behalf of the organization or group. If the delegate leaves your organization, access to the record remains with the delegator, which is the organization or group. 

What's Next?
Our primary focus is to make this a smooth transition for you. In the upcoming weeks, we will share additional details regarding training. We will also begin to share details regarding the online customer portal registration process.

As a friendly reminder, starting October 1, BuildSA will be the new system for processing Land Development applications. Our existing LDS and TPLT Systems will no longer be used to process new applications.

We will continue to keep you abreast of the latest information and share monthly updates on the status of BuildSA. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns please contact us at buildsaocmteam@sanantonio.gov .
The BuildSA Team is on track to deliver the
Land Development platform on Oct. 1, 2018
Revised Plat Completeness Review Form takes effect Aug. 1
The Completeness Review Form for Technical Review/Letters of Certification was last updated on July 12, 2012. In an effort to revise the form to provide an up-to-date checklist, DSD formed a Completeness Review Committee to evaluate the inventoried items listed on the form.
 
The Completeness Review Committee included members of the Development Process Task Force, Professional Engineers in Private Practice and American Institute of Architects, along with additional certifying and reviewing agencies. The Committee’s valuable coordination over several meetings ensured the revised form, available online, identified the required listed information to be distributed to the certifying and reviewing agencies. The revised form also added sub-sections and expanded others for simpler plat package inventory.

Once the form has been submitted and is considered complete, the plat Technical Review/Letters of Certification process begins.
 
The effective date of the revised form is Wednesday, August 1, 2018.

For more information, or questions, please contact Luz Gonzales at (210) 207-7893.
The Latest on Short-Term Rentals
Since receiving direction from the City Council in February 2017, DSD has been working with other city departments and a diverse task force comprised of citizens, short-term rental (STR) operators, and stakeholders, to develop regulations for STR. During this time, DSD staff conducted 19 task force and general meetings. The final draft task force ordinance was presented to City Council in April where staff received direction to make revisions. Since then, DSD has held one task force meeting and two general public meetings to convey the information to those interested; each meeting has been well attended. 
 
Additionally, DSD has briefed the Planning Commission, Zoning Commission, and the Board of Adjustment, and we have presented the proposed changes to the City Council Governance Committee. The next step in the process is to brief the full City Council at a B Session meeting later this year on the recommended proposed changes.

Please visit the STR website to view the latest draft ordinance and timeline for the next B Session meeting.
Oak Wilt Prevention Tips
Oak Wilt
Trees are an important public resource that enhance the quality of life, add value to properties and reduce energy costs and pollutants. As such, it is important to hire a City of San Antonio Licensed Tree Maintenance Contractor to prune them since they are properly trained and know our City’s regulations and requirements.

As you may have heard, oak wilt is a deadly fungal disease that infects and disables the water-conducting system in oak trees. All oaks are susceptible to this disease, but some species are more so than others. With no known cure, methods to control and treatments are expensive and not guaranteed. Here are some tips to help prevent oak wilt in your neighborhood:

  • Best time to prune trees is either in the middle of the summer, when temperatures are the hottest, or in late fall/early winter months when temperatures can be the coldest
  • Paint all cuts and wounds on oak trees within 30 minutes
  • Remove Red Oaks identified with oak wilt
  • Know where your firewood comes from. Don't transport unseasoned firewood from diseased Red Oaks

If you suspect oak wilt in your neighborhood, contact the Texas Forest Service at (210) 494-1742. For additional recommendations and information, please visit TFS Texas Oak Wilt.Org and Eight Step Program to Oak Wilt Management websites. To learn more about Preserving our Natural Habitat, Tree Preservation, and Tree Maintenance, visit our website .
Online Resources
The following Information Bulletins (IB) were recently updated:

This IB was revised to inform customers that in addition to notifying the City of San Antonio DSD plumbing inspector for inspection of the plumbing work, they need to secure the services of a qualified design professional to evaluate the structural condition of the foundation.

This bulletin is intended to assist customers by providing information on the submittal requirements, process of review and permitting, and the inspection of more extensive improvements located in the right-of-way; and also clarifies how DSD issues permits for modifications that are part of the approved project scope for new development within the City.

For a complete list of resources, visit the following sites:
Performance Measures and Permit Report
The performance measures report is available online.
Upcoming Events/Holidays
DSD Academy
o Aug. 18 - Code Enforcement: Zoning Violations
o Sept. 15 - Master Development Plans and Subdivision Platting

City Holidays
o Sept. 3 - Labor Day
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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