Three open houses have been scheduled to provide the community information regarding limited purpose annexation plans from the city of San Antonio. Staff from the San Antonio Department of Planning and Community Development (DPCD) will be available to answer questions, provide information and discuss the proposed zoning plan and land use for the City Council approved annexation areas within the fiscal year 2015 limited purpose annexation plan. The approved areas are U.S. 281 North, Interstate 10 East and Interstate 10 West.
The U.S. 281 North focus area covers 12 square miles between Loop 1604 and the Comal County line, split up the middle by the highway. Subdivisions and other developments north of Stone Oak Parkway and Marshall Road, as well as a pocket of homes at the Bulverde/Evans road intersection are included in this scope of examination.
The I-10 East focus area covers 12.7 square miles of land between Windcrest, Converse, Kirby and the interstate. This zone includes the Camelot neighborhood, which has been in the local news in recent years. Residents in the unincorporated area there have argued for greater policing, infrastructure care and other basic services.
The I-10 West focus area covers 14.2 square miles, mostly along the interstate between 1604 and the Comal/Kendall county line intersection. Neighborhoods along Ralph Fair Road, and some in the Babcock/Heuerman road intersection area, also, are included. The sessions will feature information specific to each area, although property owners may attend any of the three open houses. The first meeting will be held 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at Tejeda Middle School, 2909 Evans Road. The second meeting will happen 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, at the Judson High School cafeteria, 9142 FM 78. The final meeting will take place 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 8 at the Crown Ridge neighborhood banquet hall, 6909 Camp Bullis Road. City officials said annexation promotes economic development by stimulating local and regional economic growth through capital improvements planning, facilitates long-range planning of growth centers on the periphery of the city, and protects property values through the extension of land use regulations and building codes. Specifically, limited purpose annexation provides the tools to regulate the type and character of development and redevelopment through the application of zoning, site development standards, building codes and other regulatory tools not available in unincorporated areas such as Camelot. Annexation will allow the extension of more stringent International Building Codes to all construction projects, too. The city will conduct a public hearing sometime this fall on the limited annexation plan. Annexation is to be completed by the end of this year.