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File #: 19-8427   
Type: Zoning Case
In control: Zoning Commission
On agenda: 11/19/2019
Posting Language: ZONING CASE Z-2019-10700274 (Council District 3): A request for a change in zoning from "FR" Farm and Ranch District to "I-2" Heavy Industrial District on 234.07 acres out of CB 4006, generally located northeast at the intersection of Martinez Losoya and Pleasanton Road. Staff recommends Approval, pending Plan Amendment. (Associated Plan Amendment PA-2019-11600076) (Mirko Maravi, Planner (210) 207-0107,; Development Services Department)
Attachments: 1. Location Map
Related files: 19-8125
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DEPARTMENT: Development Services                     


DEPARTMENT HEAD: Michael Shannon





Zoning Case Z-2019-10700274

(Associated Plan Amendment PA-2019-11600076)



Current Zoning:  “FR” Farm and Ranch District


Requested Zoning:  “I-2” Heavy Industrial District



Zoning Commission Hearing Date:  November 19, 2019


Case Manager:  Mirko Maravi, Planner


Property Owner:  SA Miers, LTC


Applicant:  Brown & Ortiz, P.C.


Representative:  Brown & Ortiz, P.C.


Location:  Generally located northeast at the intersection of Martinez Losoya and Pleasanton Road


Legal Description:  234.07 acres out of CB 4006


Total Acreage:  234.07


Notices Mailed

Owners of Property within 200 feet:  19

Registered Neighborhood Associations within 200 feet:  None

Applicable Agencies:  Texas Department of Transportation; Department of Parks & Recreation


Property Details

Property History:  The subject property was annexed into the City of San Antonio by Ordinance 96562, dated January 5, 2003 as the current “FR” Farm and Ranch District.


Topography:  The property does not include any abnormal physical features such as slope but has incursion in a flood plain.


Adjacent Base Zoning and Land Uses

Direction:  North

Current Base Zoning:  “FR” and “I-2”

Current Land Uses:  Mitchell Lake Trailhead and Vacant


Direction:  South

Current Base Zoning:  “FR”

Current Land Uses:  Residential and Farmland


Direction:  East

Current Base Zoning:  “I-2” and “R-5”

Current Land Uses:  Vacant


Direction:  West

Current Base Zoning:  “FR” and “MI-1”

Current Land Uses:  Residential and Vacant


Overlay and Special District Information:  None



Thoroughfare: Pleasanton Road

Existing Character:  Collector

Proposed Changes:  None Known


Thoroughfare: Martinez Losoya

Existing Character:  Local

Proposed Changes:  None Known


Public Transit:  VIA bus routes are within walking distance of the subject property.

Routes Served: 42


Traffic Impact:  TIA determination cannot be made at this time.  Applicant cannot produce number of units/ground floor area for proposed land use.


Parking Information:  The minimum parking requirement for most industrial uses is 1 space for every 1,500 square feet.






Current:  The present zoning district designation of “FR” Farm and Ranch District provides areas for agricultural operations and natural resource industries. These districts are composed primarily of large tracts of land that are vacant or in agricultural uses and may contain a minimal number of dwellings and accessory structures.


Proposed:  The proposed “I-2” Heavy Industrial District accommodates uses that are highly hazardous, environmentally severe in character and/or generate very high volumes of truck traffic. The "I-2" district is established in order to provide sites for activities which involve major transportation terminals, and manufacturing facilities that have a greater impact on the surrounding area than industries found in the "L" or" I-1" district. These districts are located for convenient access for existing and future arterial thoroughfares and railway lines. These districts are in many instances separated from residential areas by business or light industry areas or by natural barriers; where they are adjacent to residential areas some type of artificial separation may be required.






The subject property is not within a Regional Center or located within the Premium Transit Corridor. 



Staff Analysis and Recommendation: Staff recommends Approval, pending Plan Amendment.


Criteria for Review:  According to Section 35-421, zoning amendments shall be based on the approval criteria below.


1.  Consistency: 

The subject property is located within the Heritage South Sector Plan and is currently designated as “Country Tier” and “Specialized Center” in the future land use component of the plan. The requested “I-2” base zoning district is not consistent with the future land use designation of “Country Tier”.  The applicant is requesting a Plan Amendment to change the future land use of all the property to “Specialized Center”.  Staff recommends Approval.  The Planning Commission recommendation is pending the November 27, 2019 hearing.


2.  Adverse Impacts on Neighboring Lands: 

Staff does not find evidence of likely adverse impacts on neighboring lands in relation to this zoning change request.  Typically industrial is not encouraged near residential uses, however the required buffers provided adequately space and create needed boundaries between uses.  Plan supports buffers and transition zones between industrial and other uses.


3.  Suitability as Presently Zoned: 

The current “FR” Farm and Ranch District is an appropriate zoning for the property and surrounding area.  The proposed “I-2” will bring targeted industry to the area and is consistent with a rezoning to “I-2” recently approved to the northeast of the site.


4.  Health, Safety and Welfare: 

Staff has not found indication of likely adverse effects on the public health, safety, or welfare.


5.  Public Policy: 

The proposed rezoning does not appear to conflict with the following goals, principles, and objectives of the Heritage South Sector Plan:


                     LU-2.2 Ensure buffer zones and transitional areas between industrial and other uses

                     Strategies ED-2.1 Support workforce development programs for targeted industries

                     Goal ED-6 Market Heritage South as a business friendly environment


6.  Size of Tract: 

The subject property is 234.07 acres, which could reasonably accommodate industrial uses.


7.  Other Factors: 

A similar request for a Plan Amendment and Zoning Case were approved by City Council on October 3, 2019.  This request is an additional area being requested for “Specialized Center” and “I-1” Heavy Industrial zoning similar to the neighboring property to the northeast.