October 2015 
In This Issue...
Development Services 


Roderick J. Sanchez

AICP, CBO-Director



2015 UDC Proposed Updates are underway

Visit  the Codes and Ordinances web page for more information. 
Check out 
the latest 
to learn more about the 
top 5 violations
Upcoming City Holidays

- Nov. 11 - 
Veteran's Day

- Nov. 26 & 27 - 
Thanksgiving Holiday

- Dec. 24 to 31 - 
Winter Holiday

- Jan. 1, 2016 - 
New Year's Day

 - Jan. 18 - 
Martin Luther King

Development & Business  Services Center


Main Address:

1901 S. Alamo San Antonio, TX 78204


Office Hours: 

7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Monday - Friday


Mailing Address:

PO Box 839966
San Antonio, TX 78283

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Daylight Savings ends on 
Nov. 1, at 2 a.m.

DSD Holiday Schedule

Development Services will follow the City holiday schedule and close Nov. 11 for Veteran's Day and Nov. 26 - 27 for Thanksgiving.

This year's winter holiday schedule is outlined below. Like last year, the office will open two days during the winter break to ensure your customer needs are met. 

Please note the Development and Business Services Center will open Dec. 29 and 30 with
limited staff from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The office will close for lunch from noon to 1 p.m. 

Street Name Change - Enrique M. Barrera Pkwy
The unveiling ceremony of Enrique M. Barrera Pkwy took place on Oct. 23, 2015, with a memorial designation of Historic Old Hwy 90. The event was held at Cuellar Park Community Center with a welcome address from Councilman Ray Lopez, District 6.
The late Enrique M. Barrera's family was in attendance to celebrate this joyous occasion; Mrs. Leticia Barrera and her children, Enrique Jr. and Leticia, and grandchildren, participated in the actual unveiling. Additional friends and guests included former Council member Bobby Perez; Daniel Ortiz, former Staff; and Mario Obledo, Jr., San Antonio Food Bank President.
Councilman Lopez submitted the Council Consideration Request in July 2014, requesting to rename Old Highway 90 in honor of Mr. Barrera's lifelong commitment to community.
 On Sept. 3, 2015, City Council approved the street name change with the memorial designation.

Inspector Arrival Customer Alert - Now Available 
The Inspector Arrival Customer Alert is now available.  

On October 12, customers began receiving email notifications for pending building inspections. The email notification includes a Tracking Service Link that shows where customers are in the inspector's queue for that specific day. The link also provides details like date and customer contact information; an inspection summary; inspector contact information; and an inspection snapshot. 

The alert notification is sent daily, starting at 7:30 a.m., to customers with a valid email address on the permit in need of an inspection. To estimate the inspector's arrival time and see their current location, we recommend to revisit the tracking link or refresh the browser throughout the day.

For more information, visit the DSD website

New Parking Lot at DSD
The overflow parking lot at 1920 S. Alamo is on track for a grand opening next summer. The building that is standing on the property today is scheduled for demolition next month.
As previously shared, the parking lot will be designed to hold approximately 80 parking spots, along with an enhanced crosswalk at the corner of S. Flores and S. Alamo, public art similar to the stairwell railing at the One Stop, and low impact development (LID) features. 
Proud to be an American
On Sept. 25, 2015, Dieudonne Jaosidy (DJ), Interim Code Enforcement Supervisor, was sworn in as a citizen of United States of America. The ceremony took place in Austin Texas and was celebrated with his family and loved ones.
"It was a very memorable and emotional moment. I am very proud to be citizen of this great Nation. Home is truly where your heart is. God bless America!" said DJ.
DJ has been a resident of the State of Texas for the last seven years, and plans to continue his work with the City of San Antonio, Development Services Department.
Information Bulletins and Other Resources
The Code Interpretation (CI) and Information Bulletins (IB) listed below had recent significant changes; to learn more, select the link.  
CI2015-005 - Stage vs. Platform Designation for Elementary and Middle Schools, posted 10/26/2015 - This code interpretation clarifies whether the installation of any "hanging curtains" in an elementary or middle school platform requires classification of this building element as a stage.
IB 168 - Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission Applications, posted 10/21/2015
This information bulletin was updated to include the new variance application fee for FY 2016.
This information bulletin defines, clarifies, and sets specific requirements and guidelines for both DSD customers and DSD employees.  

For a complete list of Code and Rule Interpretations and Information Bulletins, visit the sites shared below:    
The DSD Resources website also offers more information, including Document Search, Forms and Applications, and Latest News.
Performance Measures - FY 2015


To view the performance measures in their entirety, visit


The September metrics are as follows:


Performance Measures



Permit Activity    



City News 


Promoting and encouraging local area businesses.

Three-pronged plan will guide the City toward smart, sustainable growth.

Stay connected with the City as we communicate and broadcast information to our residents. 
Arbor Day Celebration  - Nov. 7
Other Department News
 - Customer Comments, New Hires, Recognition, etc.  
Here's what you said about us...

Javier Castro, Architect, Plan Review
Claudia Padilla, Project Manager, Field Services
This was my first time dealing with CoSA on permits and reviews. You guys were professional and extremely helpful, helping us with the set up and following thru with all the reviews, comments and letters. Javier Castro and Claudia Padilla made this into a painless procedure. Again thank you all for all of your hard work and help. 
Valerie Huerta, Planner, Land Development
Valerie is AWESOME!! A true "Asset" to the City. I did not know what I was really asking for or how to go about getting it done. Valerie understood and got it completed in record time. Thank you!!!

John Valadez, Sr. Building Inspector, Field Services
This was a huge job for me, totally rebuilding this home at 610 Nolan. The building inspectors were always courteous and helpful. I did not pass all the time, but I understand the importance of the safety concerns, and the responsibility of educating someone like me. Everyone was very helpful. The inspectors obviously work hard, and they take their responsibilities seriously. I am grateful to them for being so helpful.
Mimi Camargo, Administrative Assistant, Field Services
Mimi is the BEST, she is always there to help. Definitely someone an organization would want to replicate. Thanks for ALL you do Mimi!
Rachel Ramirez, Management Analyst, Land Development
Rachel fulfilled my request immediately. Great customer service Rachel!! Thank you.

Rene Campos, Code Enforcement Officer, Field Services
I am writing to give KUDOS to your direct report, Mr. Rene S. Campos.He must have one of the toughest jobs in the City as a Code Enforcement Zoning Officer.He had the responsibility to tell me that I needed to clear some brush from my land and limbs from my trees to provide a clear line-of-sight for vehicles turning at my corner. I wish you to know that Rene was both pleasant and professional, and represented the City in the highest and best manner! After I had completed my task and let him know, he quickly reviewed the location and professionally showed me what else I needed to accomplish. What could have been a confrontational or uncomfortable situation for one or both of us was handled very, very well, and I wanted to let you know that I most appreciate Mr. Campos style, tone, and interpersonal skills.

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Job Opportunities


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