Resilience in San Antonio, TX

In 2016, the city of San Antonio adopted SA Tomorrow, a coordinated planning effort including an updated Comprehensive Plan, Sustainability Plan, and Multimodal Transportation Plan. The plans are intended to help the city manage growth as it prepares to add 1 million new residents by 2040, nearly doubling the current population. The plans have identified five key areas: transportation, housing, jobs, air and water quality and energy efficiency.

Having adopted the SA Tomorrow Plans, San Antonio staff sought to utilize the Leadership in Community Resilience opportunity to begin an implementation process that would be more inclusive, equitable, and able to engage outside community groups. In partnership with Adaptation International, a climate adaptation services and community engagement firm known for its work with cities in Texas and elsewhere, NLC hosted a Community Resilience Dialogue to solicit ideas and opportunities that the city could use implement the new plans in ways that are more inclusive, participatory, and essential to building community resilience. 

As part of the implementation of the SA Tomorrow Plans, the City of San Antonio is asking for input from the residents, the business community, and other stakeholders as to what a Resilient San Antonio means. This information will be used to evaluate possible strategies and policies to build our community’s resilience and maintain "La Buena Vida" as we live, work, and play in the Alamo City now and in the future. Source: City of San Antonio, Office of Sustainability

Threats and Hazards

State of Texas natural hazards include tornadoes, floods, extreme heat, wildfires and regular coastal hurricane with at least one major disaster declared nearly every year. Texas' Gulf Coast averages about three tropical storms or hurricanes every four years. According to the National Climate Assessment, the number of days with the hottest temperatures is projected to increase dramatically and by mid-century (2041-2070), the "projected change in number of days exceeding those hottest temperatures is greatest in the western areas and Gulf Coast." 

Themes

  • Environmental Justice
  • Disaster Mitigation
  • Land Use