April 2015 
In This Issue...
Development Services 


Roderick J. Sanchez

AICP, CBO-Director



Coming May 1, 2015

New 2015 ICC Building Codes go into effect
May 1, with the ex-ception of IECC, which takes effect on July 15, 2015. 

Visit the  Codes & Ordinances website to learn more.
Check out 
the latest 
to learn about 
the top 5 violations
Upcoming City Holidays


- May 25 - 
Memorial Day

- July 3 - 
Independence Day

- Sept. 7 - 
Labor Day

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May is Building Safety Month


May is Building Safety Month, and this year's theme is Resilient Communities Start with Building Codes. This correlates nicely with the adoption of the 2015 International Code Council (ICC) building-related, fire and property maintenance codes, with local amendments, the City adopted last January. With the exception of the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), these new codes will go into effect on May 1, 2015.


Building Safety Month is a month-long celebration that includes all aspects of safety to help families, employers and leaders understand and appreciate the best practices of building codes. At Development Services, we support this campaign to bring awareness to the importance of building codes and to uphold our commitment of keeping San Antonio safe.


In line with this year's theme, each week spotlights a specific area of building safety:


Week One / May 4-10, 2015 -  Don't Get Burned - Build to Code


Week Two / May 11-17, 2015 -  Bounce Back Faster from Disaster - Build to Code


Week Three / May 18-24, 2015 -  Water Safe, Water Smart - Build to Code


Week Four / May 25-31, 2015 - $ave Energy - Build to Code



This month marks the ICC's 35th year of Building Safety Month. 


What is PCTAC?


PCTAC, is the acronym for Planning Commission Technical Advisory Committee, and is often referred to as "TAC"; a subcommittee of the Planning Commission. Its members include representatives from the Planning Commission, various other boards and commissions, and members of the real estate/development community, engineering, architecture, planning and environmental professions, and community at-large representatives, all appointed by the Planning Commission. The PCTAC only meets as needed and is charged with making recommendations to the Planning Commission on Major Thoroughfare Plan amendments and Unified Development Code (UDC) amendments submitted during the once every 5-year UDC update program.


This year, 2015, is a UDC update-program-year, so the PCTAC will begin meeting in July to consider and make recommendations on UDC amendments submitted by Boards, Commissions, agencies, citizens and City staff. Their meeting schedule will be determined depending on number of amendment submittals received and progress made. After the PCTAC completes their work around September or October, the Planning and Zoning Commissions will also review the amendment package and make recommendations to City Council for final consideration.


Congratulations to the newest PCTAC members recently appointed by the Planning Commission:

  • Susan Wright - Real Estate/Development
  • Bob Liesman - Engineering
  • Rob Leonhard - Engineering
  • George Weron - Engineering (alternate)
  • Jason Winn - Architect (alternate)
  • Grace Garza - Community at Large
  • Steven Grau - Community at Large
  • Phillip Manna - Community at Large

Also congratulations to recent Zoning Commission member appointees to the PCTAC:

  • Francine Romero
  • Orlando Salazar (alternate) 
If you have any questions about the PCTAC or the UDC 5-Year Update Program, contact Tony Felts, Sr. Planner, at tony.felts@sanantonio.gov.

Information Bulletins and Other Resources

For a complete list of resources, visit the following sites:   

Performance Measures - FY 2015


To view the performance measures in their entirety, visit


The March metrics are as follows:


Performance Measures



Permit Activity    



Introducing the new DSD Website



With the recent launch of the new and improved DSD website, the comments have been extremely positive. Your constructive feedback has allowed us to improve navigation and accessibility for both internal and external customers. Should you have any issues you would like for us to address or you just need assistance finding specific information on the site, please contact the DSD call center at 210.207.1111, prompt 0. 


We are excited about this redesign and hope you find the new website easy to use and informative.  

Land Entitlements Principal Planner Updates


We are excited to announce Luz Gonzales was recently promoted to Principal Planner for the Land Entitlements section. She brings a wealth of knowledge in knowing our business process and customers, and is inspired to lead the team by example. Luz has been a part of the Land Entitlements Subdivision Team as a Planner for many years and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in 2010 in Organizational Development from the University of the Incarnate Word.  Please know she is available to assist our customers in reaching their goals and can be reached at luz.gonzales@sanantonio.gov.  


The Land Entitlements Team guides the development process for Master Development Plans, Planned Unit Developments, Rights Determinations, Plats, Street Name Change, Addressing, and coordinates the Planning Commission Agenda.  

City News 


Review and provide feedback on draft task force recommendations. 



On May 9, 2015, voters have the opportunity to choose the Mayor & City Council that represent them and vote in two special elections.





On Dec. 4, 2014, the City directed Planning and Community Development to initiate limited purpose annexation.  


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


Valerie Gleason, Sr. Plans Examiner (Elec/Mech) & 

Eddie Torres, Plans Exam II Plumbing, Plan Review 

I would like to commend Valerie Gleason and Eddie Torres both on excellent customer service. Our company works with a lot of municipalities, and it is very rare to find people that are as responsive and pleasant as these two are. Great job!


Chris McCollin, Planner, Land Entitlements, Land Development 

Chris McCollin went to great lengths to assist me. I didn't even know how to describe what I wanted. He helped me and the Springs of Stone Oak make a sound decision. Thank you Chris!


Anna Alexander, Development Services Specialist, Plan Review

I want to thank Mrs. Anna Alexander for her positive attitude and for all the help she gave me.


Roger Wills, Code Enforcement Officer, Field Services 
311 Compliment... Customer submitted a report back on 4/6...#1012049138 // 1731 Fair // He was impressed at how fast Code Enforcement took care of the issue and wanted to Thank officer and department for a job well done.


Leslie Ruiz, Sr. Plans Examiner (Bldg/Fire) Plan Review 

Ms. Ruiz was extremely helpful and called us back multiple times. She was open to all of our ideas and even did a little leg work for us - just to make sure we are headed in the right direction. This is the best response we have ever received - in the State of Texas. She's the best.


Ray Herrera & Eloy Resendez, Sr. Building Inspector, Field Services 

Awesome individuals, very helpful, displayed outstanding cooperation. They are the type of employee that I would hire. 


New Employees









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