Process & Timeline
The process of developing the Downtown Regional Center Downtown Area Regional Center Plan was approximately 30-months, from project chartering to City Council adoption. Staff from the Planning Department worked with a wide range of community members that included neighborhood associations, business and property owners, employers, educational and cultural institutions, partner organizations, and City departments to create a realistic and implementable plan for this important Regional Center.
" San Antonio is planning boldly to ensure our great City captures the type of growth and economic development that will lead our community into the future and provide benefits to all our residents. "
Phase 1: Project Chartering
April - June 2017
The first phase of the project focused on project chartering, which included determining the Planning Team membership and finalizing the detailed Plan Area boundaries. Phase 1 also included an analysis by the Project Team to refine estimates for capture of growth in all regional centers and to determine how total projected growth for the city should be allocated into each Regional Center, and more generally to the future high capacity transit corridors as delineated in the adopted SA Tomorrow Comprehensive Plan.
Phase 2: Analysis and Visioning
June - November 2017
The second phase of the project focused on assessing the existing conditions and growth capacity of the Downtown Area Regional Center. The Planning Team and community members provided direction on visioning and goal setting for the Downtown Area. The analysis and refinement of existing conditions helped ensure that the vision and goals for the Downtown Area Regional Center are grounded in the proper context.
Phase 3: Plan Framework
November 2017 - April 2019
The third phase of the project focused on working with the community and stakeholders to establish the Plan Framework. The Framework includes land use and urban form; identification and planning for focus areas, multimodal corridors, and catalytic sites; infrastructure and amenities planning; mobility and connectivity for all modes; public realm and placemaking; and place types.
Phase 4: Recommendation and Implementation Strategies
May 2018 - June 2019
The fourth phase developed specific projects, programs, and policies to affect change in the Downtown Area Regional Center. This phase also included the development of specific, action-oriented implementation strategies and recommendations for potential funding sources.
Phase 5: Documentation and Adoption
June 2019 - December 2019
The last phase of the project was devoted to converting the project website into the final ePlan for the Downtown Area Regional Center, creating the Executive Summary, and guiding the plan through the approval and adoption process. The Project Team met with City departments and other partners to develop critical next steps to support implementation of the plan.
The SA Tomorrow Plan
San Antonio is planning boldly to ensure our great City captures the type of growth and economic development that will lead our community into the future and provide benefits to all our residents. Visit this website to learn more about the Comprehensive Plan and what we’re doing to make San Antonio a diverse and thriving community.