In this Issue:
  • STR and IDZ Approved Ordinances
  • Holiday Schedule
  • Strategic Training Plan Feedback Needed
  • BuildSA Update
  • SABCA - Tech Training
  • Atlas 14
  • DSD Academy
  • Online Resources
  • Performance Measures
  • Department News
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Approved Ordinances
Short-Term Rentals - Nov. 1
City Council approved the Short Term Rental (STR) ordinance on Nov. 1, 2018, affecting only properties within the City of San Antonio. A STR is defined as a residential dwelling unit, apartment, condominium or accessory dwelling where sleeping areas are rented to overnight guests for a period of less than 30 consecutive days (but not less than 12 hours). There are two types: Type 1 (owner or operator resides on the property and it is their primary residence), and Type 2 (property is not occupied by either the owner or operator).

The ordinance is effective immediately, but owners have until Feb. 11, 2019, to get your permit through the Development Services Department (DSD). Permits are valid for three years and are not transferable. A separate permit is required per individual unit. For the complete story, visit STR - Nov. 1.
Infill Development Zone - Nov. 15
In 2017, DSD received a Council Consideration Request (CCR) jointly submitted by Councilman Trevino (CD 1) and former Councilman Medina (CD 7), requesting staff to examine potential updates to the Infill Development Zone. Development Services organized a Task Force composed of members form the development community, including Engineers, Architects, and Attorneys, as well as members from neighborhood associations that have experience with “IDZ” projects. On Nov. 15, 2018, City Council adopted the updates to the “IDZ” Infill Development Zone, as well as the “MXD” Mixed Use District and adopted regulations for two new Single-Family Residential Districts: “R-1” and “R-2”.
A total of 15 Task Force and General meetings were conducted, which produced new regulations to allow infill development projects be more compatible in existing neighborhoods. New regulations created tiered regulations based upon the intensity and density of the proposed use, as well as the size of the project, rather than a one size fits all approach. In addition to the “IDZ” updates, the Task Force also recommended updates to the “MXD” Mixed Use District, which now closely mirrors regulations for the “MPCD” Master Planned Community District. New updates also include less-strict amendment language to allow for flexibility with mixed-use projects.
Lastly, the Task Force recommended the creation of two new Single-Family zoning districts: “R-1” and “R-2”. These new zoning districts are meant to provide alternatives to “IDZ” for owners of small residential lots.
Keep an eye out for upcoming IDZ training opportunities to review and discuss the updates. Additional details about the ordinance, and changes, can be found on our IDZ website. For questions, contact Logan Sparrow at 210.207.8691.
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. 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 .
Strategic Training Plan - Feedback Requested!
Development Services is working on a Strategic Training Plan (STP) that encompasses training for both our employees and customers. As such, we are looking for your feedback and want to know what types of training you would like to receive from DSD. Today we offer Lunchtime Learning opportunities, San Antonio Building Codes Academy (SABCA), DSD Academy and off-site trainings. In line with DSD University, if you are looking for something technical, or related to Code Enforcement or the development process, just let us know. 

An overview of the STP is available online and can be used as a reference to help you complete the training survey. The survey should be quick, and will close on Dec. 5.

W e truly do value your input and look forward to providing quality, informative training in 2019. For questions, p lease contact Charlotte Barrett at 210.207.8219 .
BuildSA Update
It has been almost two months since the launch of BuildSA, Development Services’ online customer portal, and customers are reporting timesaving improvements in how they conduct their business.

For our Land Development division, Oct. 1 marked not only the launch of BuildSA-Release 1, but also the end of staff having to use several outdated systems to view and gather information while conducting daily work tasks. The planning, preparation, testing of the system and training involved thousands of work hours and a commitment to excellence from not only our staff, but from other city departments, partnering agencies and the BuildSA Development Community Committee. To read more, visit BuildSA update .
SABCA - Tech Training
Development Services held its first San Antonio Building Codes Academy (SABCA) session for fiscal year 2019.

The 3-day training took place at Hardberger Park Urban Ecology Center from Oct. 1 – 3, and had 220 attendees, an increase by 49 participants from recent SABCA events. The North East Independent School District Construction Management office was well represented, along with folks from the San Antonio Independent School District, and Alamo Community College. Surrounding cities, like Schertz, Killeen, Odessa, and Victoria, TX., also participated.

The training sessions covered the newly adopted 2018 International Code Council's (ICC) International Energy Conservation Code Essentials, International Building Code, International Fire Code Assembly Spaces and International Residential Code u pdates. The courses were taught by Todd Snider, PE, SE, CBO, who is an ICC preferred provider, and has more than 11 years of experience. He ensured all courses fully aligned with the new ICC codes.

The training was extremely beneficial for DSD Staff and customers as well. Keep an eye out for more training next year.
Do you know about Atlas 14?
Atlas 14, Volume 11 is the most recent study of rainfall intensities across Texas. This federal study shows rainfall depths for a 100-year storm in Bexar County are 1”-3” greater than identified in previously accepted studies.

The Bexar Regional Watershed Management partnership has been working with internal and external stakeholders to assess the impacts of implementing this study.

The City’s Transportation and Capital Improvements (TCI) department will release preliminary updated rainfall data specific to Bexar County in early December for public technical review.

If you have any questions about Atlas 14, please contact Jake Powell, TCI Storm Water Engineering Manager at
DSD Academy
DSD Academy will meet on Dec. 15. This session will cover the latest on Short Term Rentals, and all you need to know regarding the adopted ordinance.

For more information contact
Ximena Copa-Wiggins at 210.207.0221.
Online Resources
The Information Bulletins (IB) listed below had recent changes; to learn more, select the link.  

IB 191 was revised to outline the department’s sign permit process, policies and procedures. 

Per customer request, IB 221 was modified to include standard forms to fill out and submit for energy compliance letters to clear energy inspections prior to obtaining a certificate of occupancy and to add the permit number to the forms. 

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
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