Goals and policies

The City is proactively addressing the challenges and opportunities of changing housing trends, land supply, affordability, the environment and our quality of life here in San Antonio for existing and future residents. The Housing Element (H) goals were developed in response to questions in six key areas about the types, locations, density and sustainability of our future neighborhoods and available housing.

Housing Goals

  • H Goal 1

    Housing for lower-income residents is available throughout the community with the greatest proportion in priority growth areas with high levels of connectivity and amenities.

  • H Goal 2

    A variety of housing types (single-family detached, single-family attached, multifamily, as well as ownership and rental opportunities) is available at a variety of price and rent levels.

  • H Goal 3

    Housing choices are available in walkable and bikeable neighborhoods located near transit, employment, retail, medical and recreational amenities.

  • H Goal 4

    Improved infrastructure, services and amenities increase market demand and attract residents to priority growth areas.

  • H Goal 5

    High-density housing choices are available within the city’s 13 regional centers and along its arterial and transit corridors.

  • H Goal 6

    Infill development and revitalized neighborhoods provide a range of housing choices near the city center.

Housing Policies

  • H P1: Work with affordable housing partners, such as SAHA and nonprofit housing providers, to develop strategic investment plans for targeted areas.

  • H P2: Support nonprofit housing providers through provision of capacity building and technical assistance.

  • H P3: Provide fee waivers and/or waived development requirements for affordable housing development and preservation.

  • H P4: Develop incentives to reduce costs and attract affordable housing development within target areas.

  • H P5: Develop affordable housing initiatives targeting all residents with incomes below 80% of the area median.

  • H P6: Work with affordable housing partners and developers to provide affordable housing options for seniors.

  • H P7: Identify and incentivize mixed income catalyst projects within underserved areas that include a mix of housing that is affordable to a variety of households.

  • H P8: Create opportunities for new mixed-income housing in lower-income neighborhoods through an aggressive land banking initiative.

  • H P9: Develop affordable housing initiatives targeting residents with incomes between 80% and 120% of the area median.

  • H P10: Ensure land use designations and other policies allow for and encourage a mixture of housing types and densities of housing within development projects.

  • H P11: Encourage and incentivize new housing development projects to provide a mixture of housing types, sizes and prices.

  • H P12: Require developments that receive public funding or use public financing tools to provide affordable housing units.

  • H P13: Require developments that receive public funding or use public financing tools from the City, via city grants or through other city sources, to provide a mixture of housing types (e.g., rentals and ownership opportunities, attached and detached single-family units, multifamily units, and housing with a range of sizes and amenities).

  • H P14: Provide incentives in targeted areas to encourage development of housing types that are in undersupply.

  • H P15: Develop an outreach plan to the local real estate and development community to highlight new housing products that are in demand throughout the country in an effort to attract new development types and/or builders to the city.

  • H P16: Partner with the development community and incentivize the development of mixed housing prototype neighborhoods.

  • H P17: Encourage development projects to have a mixture of uses.

  • H P18: Encourage housing to be built with, near or adjacent to retail uses.

  • H P19: Develop specific land use and action plans for regional centers and transit corridors that support housing, a mix of uses and higher-density development, and that discourage lower-density uses.

  • H P20: Incentivize high-density housing in regional centers and along major public transit routes where appropriate.

  • H P21: Develop transit supportive zoning and infrastructure improvement plans for regional centers and transit corridors.

  • H P22: Redevelop vacant and underutilized properties on transit corridors into stand alone or mixed-use higher-density housing.

  • H P23: Work with VIA Metropolitan Transit to develop high-capacity and high-frequency transit options that support higher-density housing.

  • H P24: Encourage and incentivize the development of a range of affordable housing options in and near regional centers and transit corridors.

  • H P25: Invest in neighborhood amenities and infrastructure that will benefit existing residents while attracting new residents to underserved areas.

  • H P26: Attract new employers and retail businesses to regional centers near or adjacent to underserved areas.

  • H P27: Target a set of neighborhoods for investment of resources for a pre-determined number of years. “Grandfather” in started or planned affordable housing developments in an existing target area when changing to another target area to allow the developments to be completed cost effectively.

  • H P28: Explore commercial and industrial areas in the core of the city for conversion to residential or mixed-use.

  • H P29: Continue and expand existing incentive programs for infill development and periodically redefine the areas eligible for incentives based on development feasibility analysis.

  • H P30: Ensure infill development is compatible with existing neighborhoods.

  • H P31: Prioritize infrastructure investment within existing neighborhoods.

  • H P32: Develop a revitalization toolbox available to existing neighborhoods and promote these tools to neighborhoods and developers.

  • H P33: Provide increased funding and incentives for owner-occupied housing rehabilitation or reconstruction for residents in existing neighborhoods, conservation districts and historic districts.

  • H P34: Develop and implement a plan to preserve and maintain affordable rental and ownership housing for lower income residents within revitalizing neighborhoods.

  • H P35: Prioritize the maintenance and renovation of public spaces and amenities in targeted neighborhoods with input from the community.

  • H P36: Develop a plan to allow seniors to remain in their homes, when feasible, through programs that support reinvestment, retrofitting, repair and maintenance of their homes.

  • H P37: Support ongoing long-term, comprehensive neighborhood revitalization efforts (such as EastPoint).

  • H P38: Initiate new comprehensive neighborhood revitalization efforts, implementing key lessons learned from EastPoint.

  • H P39: Prioritize infrastructure investments to improve walkability and bikeability of existing neighborhoods.

  • H P40: Adopt and implement development standards for new housing developments requiring infrastructure, land use, and design that support direct, comfortable, and safe walking, biking and transit use to surrounding neighborhoods, amenities and major streets.

  • H P41: Encourage the development of amenity-based neighborhoods.

  • H P42: Encourage the development of housing for seniors in walkable areas and near community amenities such as parks, recreation centers and senior centers.

  • H P43: Implement development standards for nonprofit affordable housing developers so they will not be priced out of participating in walkable and bikeable neighborhood initiatives.

  • H P44: Provide incentives and support to employers who create programs to encourage workers to live within a certain distance of work.

  • H P45: Implement policy recommendations developed in the City of San Antonio’s Comprehensive Housing Needs Assessment and Strategic Housing Plan.

  • H P46: Encourage new City plans and development proposals to consider and address the existing jobs-housing imbalance and the true combined housing and transportation (H+T) costs.