San Antonians are being introduced - or in some cases, reintroduced - this week to the city’s SA Tomorrow comprehensive plan.
The city is hosting open houses with representatives of a few city departments and other partner agencies provide basic information about the plan. The first of four open houses was held Feb. 28 at Stinson Airport. Last year, the City Council adopted the long-range plan to help guide the city as Bexar County prepares to add 1 million more residents by 2040.
The SA Tomorrow plan encompasses a comprehensive growth plan, a multi-modal transportation plan and a sustainability plan. The overall plan was achieved following months of community meetings and other discussions. The stated overriding themes in the SA Tomorrow plan are economic vitality, air quality, water resources, equity and resilience.
The city adopted a variety of guiding principles and goals for the new plan, such as updating the city’s 1997 master plan policies, and revising its current comprehensive planning program. The SA Tomorrow contains four so-called building blocks: neighborhoods, corridors, urban centers and regional centers.
View a small photo gallery from the event below.
According to the plan, corridors link neighborhoods to each other and to urban centers, such as Southtown, and to regional centers, such as the Medical Center.
“By investing in our neighborhoods in conjunction with strategic planning in our corridors, urban centers and regional centers, we ensure the ability to create and support complete communities across our city with access to a variety of amenities and daily news and services,” the plan states.
At the Feb. 28 open house, intern Lisa Cervantes with the city’s Office of Sustainability helped to staff a table presenting information about SA Tomorrow’s sustainability plan. That aspect suggests several objectives, such as reducing or eliminating food deserts, encouraging urban gardens, and helping residents to better access healthier, affordable food options in their neighborhoods.
“In the Office of Sustainability, we’re looking at maps to see where the food deserts are at - where people don’t have access to affordable or healthier food,” Cervantes said. “Let’s identify those locations, target them and say ‘Hey, there needs to be more green space so people can grow their own food.’”
Attendees such as Liz Trainor, a Highland Hills resident, were familiar with the SA Tomorrow program before visiting the first open house.
“I like this session more than the others. They seem to have it more together,” Trainor said of the presentation.
She came wanting to know more about how neighborhoods, urban centers and regional centers interact with each other. “I was curious about the boundaries for the Brooks (regional center),” Trainor said about the Brooks City-Base area.
Two more open houses were set March 1 at Great Northwest Library and at the Tool Yard Northeast Service Center. A fourth open house is scheduled for 5:30 till 7 p.m. March 2 at the Roosevelt Park Clubhouse, 331 Roosevelt.
The open houses are informal, designed for visitors to come and go as they please. There are opportunities to talk with said representatives. Snacks and water are provided for attended.
**Cover Image: Residents and city staff discuss the SA Tomorrow plan during an open house Feb. 28 at Stinson Muncipal Airport. Photo by B. Kay Richter.