Far East Community Area Plan

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template is a place of choices. It’s rich in rivers, trees, and parks. A diverse mix of housing types, including small to large apartment buildings, supports a diverse population. There are new shopping and restaurant clusters, traditional Mexican-American eateries and fruterías, specialty hardware stores, multiple museums and colleges, and San Antonio’s primary cluster of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Plus  gathering places and businesses. template’s employers include large organizations like Metropolitan Methodist Hospital, and locally owned business. template’s residents and visitors can participate in its cultural heritage while contributing to the area’s future. template’s strong social fabric and cultural roots will maintain an eclectic identity for the area as it adapts to changing times.


The places and neighborhoods in template mean different things to different people. template’s transportation system is designed primarily for automobiles, but growing numbers need or want other convenient, reliable, and safe transportation options. Recent, new housing is not priced affordably for many people who already live here. template is home to people and families with lifetimes of living room memories, and regional destinations like the museums and colleges that are important to all San Antonians. template’s places have unique identities, rooted in the landscape, buildings, and people. As template continues building on its strengths, central challenges are to ensure that all people can participate in template’s future and improve quality of life, while maintaining the unique communities and cultures that comprise template today.


Template has room to grow. It can become a place of even more choice, with more options to live, work, and play. Template has housing that is diverse and affordable. We have an opportunity to maintain that diversity and affordability, and to create more. Template also offers a diverse base of employment and educational opportunities to local and regional residents. San Antonio residents should have the choice to live in centers of opportunity, such as Template and other regional centers. The historic grid street pattern, future high capacity transit options, and momentum from 2017 transportation bond projects on Fred Road, St. Mary’s Street, and Broadway Street mean that Template can have a truly multimodal transportation system that is convenient and safe, and that will help San Antonio be more sustainable and healthy.

Sub-Area Plans

Sub-Area Plans are intended to provide a more coordinated, efficient and effective structure for neighborhood planning. Existing and future neighborhood planning will be integrated into the planning for regional centers and community planning areas. Neighborhoods will become integral sub-geographies of these sub-areas while also receiving special attention through chapters and/or sections in each Sub-Area plan, reflecting specific opportunities, challenges, recommendations and priorities from each participating neighborhood. Neighborhood and community plans should be respected, as appropriate, as they are integrated into the sub-area plans.

Comprehensive Plan Community Areas

Regional centers are one of the major building blocks of San Antonio’s city form and are a major component of the Comprehensive Plan and the overall SA Tomorrow effort.

Community Areas form the rest of San Antonio outside of the Regional Centers. These areas comprise many of our existing neighborhoods, grouped by geography and common history, challenges, and opportunities. By proactively directing a higher proportion of growth to our Regional Centers, we aim to limit the impacts of that growth on existing, stable neighborhoods. However, cities and neighborhoods are always evolving, and we must plan to adapt to and leverage change for all our existing and future residents by creating complete neighborhoods and communities that provide a full range of amenities and services, a variety of housing and transportation choices, and opportunities for employment, shopping, education, and recreation.

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