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Donovan Rypkema: Place Economics

On Tuesday, December 3, 2013, join the City of San Antonio’s Office of Historic Preservation and the Center City Development Office for a lecture by Donovan Rypkema on strategic investment and adaptive reuse in our historic center city.  This event will take place at 231 E. Houston Street at 6:00 p.m.

CM credit pending.

donrypkema flyer

Mobility 2040 Workshops

By 2040, the San Antonio metro area will have nearly 1.5 million new residents raising the region’s population to over 3.4 million people. Imagine driving with another million or so cars on our roads.  To meet this challenge, the MPO must plan carefully to keep people and freight moving safely and efficiently. 

The San Antonio – Bexar County MPO will be hosting a series of public meetings as the first stages of updating the region’s long range multi-modal transportation plan with a horizon year of 2040.

  • Northeast Meeting – 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Monday, September 23rd at Woodlake Hills Middle School, 6625 Woodlake Parkway, San Antonio, Texas.
  • Northwest Meeting – 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 24th at Leon Valley Community Center, 6421 Evers Road, Leon Valley, Texas
  • Southwest Meeting – 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 25th at Indian Creek Elementary School, 5830 Pearsall Road, San Antonio, Texas
  • Southeast Meeting – 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, September 26th at Highland Hills Elementary School, 734 Glamis Ave, San Antonio, Texas
  • Central Meeting – 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 28th at VIA Community Room, 1021 San Pedro Ave, San Antonio, Texas
  • Seguin Meeting – 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 1st at Seguin – Guadalupe County Coliseum, 950 S. Austin St., Seguin, Texas.
  • New Braunfels Meeting– 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 2nd at New Braunfels Civic Center, 375 S Castell Ave, New Braunfels, Texas
  • Boerne Meeting – 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, October 3rd at Boerne Civic Center, 820 Adler Road, Boerne, Texas

In addition to the public meetings, MPO staff is creating an online opportunity for public participation at Two virtual on-line meetings are scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, September 24th and from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday, October 7th.

For more information see the Mobility 2040 website, or the flyer and press release below.

MPO flyer

Mobility 2040 press release

2013 Summer Conference CM Credits and Presentations

The CM Credits for last Friday’s event were approved by the APA on Wednesday and may be recorded in your logs online.  You can follow this link or search for event # e.24501.

Also, by popular request the presentations from Friday are available below as pdf’s (in no particular order).

2013 TXAPASouthwest Section Real World Ethics

 Rowing in the Same Direction

Legislative Updates

2013 Case Law Update

Welcome to Buttuglyville

APA Active Living Plan Presentation Final

Thank you to everyone who attended! We hope you enjoyed it and look forward to future events!

Alamo Region Livability Summit

On Wednesday, August 21, Bexar County Metropolitan Planning Organization in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is hosting a one day summit to discuss plans, projects, insights and perspectives on advancing livability in the Alamo Region.  CM Credits will be available.

For more infomration:

Livability Agenda update

2013 Southwest Section Summer Conference

Registration is now open for the 2013 Southwest Texas Section Summer Conference.  Click here to register.

Join us on August 23, 2013 for a day-long Summer Conference from 7:45am to 4:15pm.   Topics will include:

  • Ethics for Planners
  • Visioning and Facilitation
  • An update on the 83rd Texas Legislative Session
  • San Antonio’s Active Living Plan

6.0 CM Credits will be available pending approval.  For a full description of sessions, see the agenda below:

Mini-Conference Agenda_DRAFT

AIA Arch+Pub Crawl


Join the AIA Emerging Professionals & Urban Affairs Committees for a tour in downtown, visiting a sampling of notable architecture starting near Houston street and stopping occasionally for a cold beverage at a few popular downtown establishments.  The tour also supports the Downtown Tuesday initiative- parking in the Houston street garage is free and there’s plenty of drink specials to be had at the stops.

Cherise Bell, Executive Director of the King William Association, will guide us as our resident expert. She’ll be offering some more in-depth information about the buildings and some other facts on the way. If you can’t make it to La Mansion by 5:30, no problem- come find us on the route. If you want a more updated location, check our Facebook page as we’ll be checking in at the different stops throughout the evening.  See also the route map below.

A couple of guidelines and recommendations:

  • A tour guide will be available to download and print from our Facebook page and from If you’re unable to hear Cherise you’ll still be able to follow along and pick up some interesting facts along the route. Check back later this week for the final tour guide packet.
  • Team up with a group of friends and share a tab at each establishment. This will help us get out the door and stay closer to the schedule.
  • As always, please drink responsibly. 

If you’re planning on attending, please RSVP to or RSVP’s aren’t required but it would be helpful to get something of head count before Tuesday.ArchPub_Map-Lg

Planning News Page and Brownfields Workshops

Planning News Page

We’ve added a new page to the site to share some of our favorite planning related websites and blogs!  Go check it out!

If you have a site that isn’t included yet, let us know.  We’d love to share it.

Brownfields Workshops

You’re invited to attend two upcoming free brownfields workshops on August 8 and 9 being co-hosted by the Technical Assistance to Brownfields Program (TAB) at Kansas State University, the City of San Antonio, and the Texas Brownfields Program. Both workshops will be held at the San Antonio Public Library.  Visit the Upcoming Events page for more details.

Upcoming Webinar: The state of Takings After Koontz

The State of Takings After Koontz

Last month, the US Supreme Court handed down its decision in Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District.  In this complex 5-4 decision, the court ruled that monetary conditions attached to land use permits are now subject to the heightened scrutiny tests of nexus and rough proportionality found in Nollan and Dolan – and that these tests also apply to permit denials, as was the case here. What does this important decision mean to planners?  Depending on your point of view, this ruling could be seen to “threaten the heartland of local land use regulation” (Justice Kagan’s dissent) or it could be viewed as a minor shift in law and practice.  Because of the complexity and ambiguity of the court’s ruling, it’s not perfectly clear.  To help you understand what Koontz means, join with two of the country’s leading experts in land use law: Professor John Echeverria of Vermont Law School and Dwight Merriam, Esq., FAICP of Robinson & Cole LLP.

CM Law Pending

Register here:

Upcoming Event – Southwest Section Mini-Conference


Sustainable Urban Development Luncheon

AIA San Antonio presents the 3rd Annual Sustainable Urban Development Luncheon entitled Architecture 2030: The Rise of 2030 Districts on Thursday, August 1 at the Briscoe Museum.  Ed Mazria, Founder and CEO of Architecture 2030, will be featured.  Mr. Mazria is an internationally recognized architect, author, and innovator who has reshaped our understanding of climate change.  His visionary advocacy of low-carbon, resilient built environments are transforming environments worldwide.  Click here for more information.