A City rezoning notification outside the future Casa Azul De Andrea restaurant. Photo by Iris Dimmick.
A City rezoning notification is posted outside the Casa Azul De Andrea restaurant in March 2016. Credit: Iris Dimmick / San Antonio Report

Zoning regulations shape how cities look, feel, and develop over time. They allow city planners the opportunity to make calculated decisions about the future developments that will ultimately impact the way people live, work, and play in places like San Antonio.

Having a better understanding of those zoning processes means not only better grasping the way land is currently used throughout the city, it also informs the way individuals influence the future of  landscapes that have yet to be built.

To help residents better understand that transformative planning process, the Tier One Neighborhood Coalition is sponsoring a free zoning seminar with the City of San Antonio on Saturday, Aug. 19, from 10 a.m. to noon at 1901 S. Alamo St.

The Tier One Neighborhood Coalition advocates communication, cooperation, education, and support among neighborhoods in order to better understand the City of San Antonio’s planning and development of communities.

Topics to be discussed include introductory information on the City’s zoning and planning departments, the unified development code, and the infill development code. The event is free and open to the public.

Catherine Hernandez, the City’s development services administrator, will be leading the morning’s presentations, and will answer participant questions afterwards.

Information on the zoning and planning departments will include an outline of the operations between the two departments. This means reviewing the City Council-appointed 11-member Zoning Commission, which is responsible for conducting public meetings relating to zoning change requests. Zoning forms, change processes and notification systems, and neighborhood zoning maps also will be elaborated on.

Reviewing the unified development code will mean going over code chapters covering neighborhood zoning. Issues of permitted land usages, base zoning, overlay districts, and special districting are all included topics of discussion.

Hernandez will talk also talk about infill development zones before taking questions from the audience.

Jeffrey Sullivan is a Rivard Report reporter. He graduated from Trinity University with a degree in Political Science.