Throughout the SA Tomorrow process, participants pointed to examples of development they like, both within San Antonio and around the country. The common thread linking each of these desirable examples is that they are actual places. Instead of a poorly planned collection of buildings, uses and infrastructure, the residents of San Antonio want true places. Residents want places where the sum of the individual investments in development projects, roads, transit, parks, open space and trails amounts to an attractive destination that is well-defined, walkable and provides plenty of shopping and dining options.
San Antonio will use the concept of “place types” to designate the appropriate and desired development patterns for the major building blocks. The place types provide the design intent and key planning and design parameters related to how each place will be developed—with a desirable mix of land uses, city form, public spaces, roads, parking and other infrastructure.
Multimodal mixed-use place types are transit-supportive and address all levels of transit service, from broader regional commuter rail station areas and larger institutions, to smaller scale places such as short segments along community corridors and neighborhood main streets.
These place types are designed to create stronger connections among the city’s active and passive recreational and cultural assets by both leveraging and protecting these important community features.
Adaptive Reuse place types offer solutions for areas still in transition that will need to evolve to remain relevant either in their current use or change to a new use.