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City Planners visit Jan. 30, request feedback on university development

Updated 11:06 Jan. 31

What do you like most about the area surrounding Texas A&M University-San Antonio? What do you think is missing from the area? Those are two questions students can answer in a brief survey to help city planners make decisions about development on the South Side of San Antonio.

On Jan. 30, the City of San Antonio’s Planning Department will meet 6:00-7:30 p.m in Room 402 of the Central Academic Building to discuss the future development of the Texas A&M Area Regional Center.

Carlos Guerra, senior planner for SA Tomorrow, is coordinating the event to share information with the community on what the city plans to build in the A&M-SA area. The City’s future building plans include shopping centers, housing options, transportation and more, according to Mary Walker, facilities coordinator at A&M-San Antonio.

SA Tomorrow is a comprehensive development plan that guides future growth and development. Land use, economic development, housing, environmental protection, cultural and historic preservation, transportation, are some of the topics that SA Tomorrow addresses.

The City’s Planning Department has launched an effort to begin implementing the SA Tomorrow Comprehensive Plan to ensure that it remains responsive to the needs of the community.

Representatives of SA Tomorrow, a city development plan, asks for the community’s help by participating in a quick 4-question survey  “to gather input that will be used to draft the vision and goals for the Texas A&M Area Regional Center Sub-Area Plan.”

Questions students have the opportunity to answer in English and Spanish:

1. What do you like most about this area?  ¿Qué le gusta más de esta área?

2. What is missing from this area?  ¿Qué falta en esta área?

3. What about the community would you want to see be different so that it will remain an attractive place for future generations?  ¿Qué aspecto de la comunidad desearía usted fuera diferente para que siga siendo un lugar atractivo para las futuras generaciones?

4. What is your vision or what are your “big ideas” for the future of this area?  ¿Cuál es su visión o cuáles son sus “grandes ideas” para el futuro de esta área?

This will help gather feedback from the community that the city can use to plan out the vision and goals for the A&M-San Antonio area. The plan will guide development, city developments and investments over the next 10 years.

The meeting is an open forum, and all stakeholders are encouraged to attend.

Sub-Area Plans are intended to provide a more coordinated, efficient and effective structure for neighborhood planning. Existing and future neighborhood planning will be integrated into the planning for regional centers and community planning areas. Neighborhood and community plans should be respected, as appropriate, as they are integrated into the sub-area plans.

“The Texas A&M Area Regional Center Sub-Area Plan was a 15-month process from project chartering to City Council adoption,” according to SA Tomorrow website.

The plan addresses topics such as economic development, housing, infrastructure and public spaces, land use and development, neighborhood priorities, parks and trails, transformative project, and transportation.

For more information, visit  

Follow reporter @auridavid54 on Wednesday night, Jan. 30, as he live tweets the converation.


About the Author

David Rojas
David Rojas
David Rojas is a junior Communication major, focusing in journalism with a minor in business administration at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. He is a student reporter for The Mesquite covering campus development and an experienced photographer with a demonstrated history of working in the broadcast industry. He works part-time at La Nuestra 92.5 FM, a local radio station in the city of San Antonio, Texas.

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