The City of San Antonio Zoning Commission will vote on proposed changes to the Infill Development Zones. Show up to testify on Tuesday!
Many changes to the zoning are positive, but SANE has concerns about a couple of changes.
Some key changes that concern SANE are:
For the mixed use zonign proposed - if the property abuts a single family neighborhood, a ten-foot building setback is required and the building shall not exceed two and a half (2.5) stories or thirty five (35) feet in height, if the structure is fifty (50) feet or less from the single family area.
This will severely limit any devleopment along corridors such as Fredericksburg Rd, McCullough, Flores, and Blanco. Mixed use developments on corridors such as these will be near impossible. This will limit housing options in many neighborhoods, driving up the cost of current and future housing.
IDZ-2 IDZ-3 the minimum parking requirements are reduced by 50%. Currently, parking is not required in any IDZ.
Parking is expensive. What is traded for the expense of parking? Housing units! A parking space, depending on how parking is provided, costs $15K to $40K to provide. This increases the cost of housing units and limits the number of housing units from being built. In a city that needs affordable housing, this requirement doesn’t make sense. Furthermore, if San Antonio is serious about real transit for our near future then parking requirements seem extraneous.