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File #: 18-6540   
Type: Miscellaneous Item
In control: City Council A Session
On agenda: 12/13/2018
Posting Language: Ordinance amending the City of San Antonio Historic Design Guidelines to include the Mission Historic District Design Manual for the Mission Historic District and designated structures in the World Heritage Buffer Zone. [Roderick Sanchez, Assistant City Manager; Shanon Shea Miller, Director, Office of Historic Preservation]
Attachments: 1. Draft Ordinance, 2. Design Manual updated 12-6-2018, 3. Ordinance 2018-12-13-1028
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DEPARTMENT: Office of Historic Preservation

DEPARTMENT HEAD: Shanon Shea Miller


SUBJECT: Adoption of the Mission Historic Design Manual


This ordinance is in regards to the adoption the Mission Historic District Design Manual. The Office of Historic Preservation (OHP), in partnership with the World Heritage Office, has worked with a volunteer steering committee and six focus groups representing stakeholders, community members and consultants, The Lakota Group, Inc., to create the draft of the Mission Manual.

The Office of Historic Preservation had coordinated a series of meetings with the steering committee, focus groups and community during the development of the draft manual. Engagement and participation opportunities for community members included the distribution of a visual preference survey in English and Spanish, staffed tables at the World Heritage Open House and the OHP Historic Homeowner fair. Additionally, OHP staff attended neighborhood association meetings to provide progress updates and to seek public input. The draft also includes information collected through oral histories and cultural mapping with members of the Mission Neighborhoods and Mission descendants. The Office of Historic Preservation recommends the adoption of the final Mission Historic District Design Manual into the UDC.


The City of San Antonio's Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) and World Heritage Office (WHO) contracted the Lakota Group, Inc., and Heritage Strategies LLC., to create a "Design Manual" specific to the Mission Historic District and Historic Landmarks within the World Heritage Buffer Zone for the City of San Antonio. The Manual will act as district-specific design guidelines for the Mission Historic District, serve as a consolidated resource for design requirements within the District, articulate the unique and character-defining features of the district, and demonstrate best-practices con...

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