Local property owners attended the SPC Design Overlay presentation on Tuesday. Photo by Lea Thompson.

About 40 property owners were in attendance at the City’s Office of Historic Preservation on Tuesday evening, providing feedback on the San Pedro Creek’s Design Overlay District.

Officials from the San Antonio River Authority, the City’s Office of Historic Preservation, and design team consultants discussed how the RIO 7 (SPC) overlay changes will make the San Pedro Creek and its surrounding area a more pedestrian-focused site, connecting residents and visitors with San Antonio.

This marked the second meeting for property owners/stakeholders, welcoming feedback on the San Pedro Creek Project, giving them the opportunity to voice concerns and ask questions about the River Improvement Overlay (RIO).

Current RIO guidelines cover six districts throughout the city, with the newest guidelines created for San Pedro Creek named “RIO 7.” Design team consultants Irby Hightower and Steve Tillotson explained to concerned audience members that the overlay would lead to changes that address private development and publicly owned park land, but not directly change or affect their own residences.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

“Regardless of whether the boundary goes around your house – whether you’re in a single-family house, up to an eight-unit complex – you are not affected by this,” Hightower said.

To read more about the design guidelines for RIO7, click here.

“This is the final public meeting before the draft is released, but the period for public comment is still very open,” said OHP Planner Cory Edwards.

Officials announced several dates for the design overlay.

Tenative Adoption Schedule:

  • April 30: Draft finalized
  • May 18: Historic and Design Review Commission
  • June 7: Zoning Commission
  • Neighborhoods and Livability Committee
  • August 4: Target City Council Date

To learn more about the San Pedro Creek Project, or to sign up for updates, click here.


*Top Image: Local property owners attended the SPC Design Overlay presentation on Tuesday. Photo by Lea Thompson.

Related Stories:

Rapid-Fire Public Input Meetings Set for San Pedro Creek Project

San Pedro Creek Design Changes Praised, Pose Challenges

San Pedro Creek: An Evolving Design

Avatar photo

Lea Thompson

Lea Thompson, a former reporter at the Rivard Report, is a Texas native who has lived in Houston, Austin and San Antonio. She enjoys exploring new food and culture events.