Chamber seeks input on Council Consideration Requests

Over the past few weeks, members of City Council have filed a number of Council Consideration Requests (CCR), and your Chamber encourages you to share your thoughts with us.

San Antonio is growing, and with growth comes new residential development. For some area residents this growth has caused disruption to their peace and quiet at night. On August 13, Councilman John Courage (D9) filed a CCR to create new local rules limiting loud exterior construction near inhabited homes at night. The CCR would amend Section 21-52 (a)(6) of the Local Government Code to prohibit exterior overnight construction within 300 feet of an inhabited residential property between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. (Monday through Friday) and 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. (Saturday and Sunday). The cities of Dallas and Fort Worth both have similar ordinances limiting loud construction operations near homes at night. Councilman Courage has expressed to the public that his intent is not to stop development, but rather ensure developers respect residential areas around them.

Councilman Manny Pelaez (D8) also filed a CCR this month to develop a plan to offer and/or enhance palliative and hospice care services for homeless San Antonians. Pelaez would like the plan to focus on partnerships with healthcare providers, hospital systems, the faith-based organizations, medical schools, nursing schools, as well as homeless service organizations. Other cities have adopted similar plans aimed at helping homeless people diagnosed with chronic and terminal illnesses.

Councilman Roberto Trevino (D1) filed a CCR calling for equitable council aide compensation, a topic of discussion for more than a decade. Trevino calls for a “total increase in the budget for all eleven council offices in the amount of $1,305,426 in the FY20 budget.” The councilman’s CCR highlights the comparable duties between City Council Aides and City of San Antonio employees. In addition to the budget amendment, Trevino is proposing City Council Human Resources budget line item Prior Year Carryforward balances for all council offices be used as a partial funding offset.

Recently, Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales (D5) was appointed to Chair the Transportation and Mobility Committee. As Chair, her focus has been on complete streets — which are roadways equally accessible to cars, public transportation, pedestrians, and cyclists — and Vision Zero — an international road safety project that aims to operate highway systems with no fatalities or serious injury due to traffic accidents. Earlier this month, she filed a CCR proposing Complete Street and Vision Zero Training. Gonzales would like to a see a formal program developed that “focuses on innovative best practices for fully implementing the city’s Complete Streets and Vision Zero policies for all transportation and SA Tomorrow planning, projects and programs.” Gonzales goal is to have everyone including city staff, contractors and consultants involved with either to participate in this training. The hope is that the Complete Street and Vision Zero principles are integrated in all ongoing city projects or changes to city code.

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