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File #: 18-6211   
Type: Resolution
In control: City Council A Session
On agenda: 12/13/2018
Posting Language: Resolution developing a zoning overlay district with building design standards in proximity to Woodlawn Lake. Funds are available in the City's FY 2019 General Fund Budget. [Roderick Sanchez, Assistant City Manager; Shanon Miller, Director, Office of Historic Preservation]
Attachments: 1. Draft Resolution, 2. Resolution 2018-12-13-0055R
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DEPARTMENT: Office of Historic Preservation

DEPARTMENT HEAD: Shanon Miller, Director

COUNCIL DISTRICTS IMPACTED: Council Districts 1 and 7


A Resolution to develop a zoning overlay district with design standards in proximity to Woodlawn Lake.


The proposed resolution will direct staff to develop methods and standards by which to regulate building height in proximity to Woodlawn Lake, thus preserving outward views from the park, and initiate the related rezoning of affected properties.


The City is celebrating the 100th-Anniverisary of Woodlawn Lake in 2018. In recognition of this important public resource, and following public interest in protecting existing outward views from Woodlawn Lake Park, Councilwoman Ana Sandoval has proposed that steps be taken to preserve the scenic and natural qualities of Woodlawn Lake.

In 2017, District 7 Councilwoman Sandoval and District 2 Councilman Shaw submitted a City Council Resolution to initiate the process to consider additional San Antonio landmarks for viewshed protection and to enable the establishment of potential Viewshed Protection Districts.

During 2018, Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) staff facilitated numerous opportunities for public input and began the process of drafting Unified Development Code (UDC) amendments which would expand opportunities for City Council to create new viewshed protection districts where appropriate.


The current viewshed ordinance only allows for new viewshed districts for certain buildings in San Antonio. The addition of new sites that do not represent a building, such as Woodlawn Lake or the Hays Street Bridge, would require UDC amendments. As a regulatory tool, viewsheds are limited to very specific parameters defined by a singular point of origin and directional projection. In some instances, it has been found that a viewsheds may not be the best tool to guide general neighborhood scale for scenic and natural are...

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