The San Antonio Planning Commission unanimously approved the city’s South San Antonio Limited Purpose Annexation Plan Wednesday after making several changes.

The advisory vote moves the item to the San Antonio City Council which will discuss the proposal next Wednesday.

Before the vote, the commission changed its recommendation to annex all four areas which constitute approximately 36 square miles and are located south of Loop 410, between Old Pearsall Road and State Highway 181 in the southern portion of San Antonio’s Extraterritorial Jurisdiction and Bexar County.

The recommendation calls for the limited annexation of Areas 1 and 2, but only partial limited annexation of Areas 3 and 4.

The commission recommended that only portions of Area 3 that fall within the City South Management Authority be annexed.

The group voted to exclude all of Area 4 with the exception of the area northwest of the Loop 1604 and IH 37 interchange.

The limited-purpose annexation would last for three years, during which time the city would examine, among other things, the economic impact of full annexation.

Property taxes would not be levied, but San Antonio city codes and ordinances relating to zoning, planning, health, and safety would be enforced.

“This is the start of the process. It is not the end of the process,” said Planning Director John Dugan. “In terms of what will be permanently annexed, we have a 36-month time frame in which to determine the detailed boundaries. The (owners of) agricultural operations, if they wish to not be included (in annexation), they just need to file an affidavit of development agreement with the city.”

Nearly a dozen Bexar County residents addressed the planning commission Wednesday afternoon.

None of them were in support of annexation.

“Give us time to actually work with the planning commission and see if we can come up with the solution because they didn’t give us a vote,” said Aurelina Prado, who lives in Area 4. “They didn’t come out and talk to us. People don’t know about it.”

“The community was very naïve to this information and they were not educated the way they should have been. A lot of these citizens have no idea that they’re about to be annexed,” said Lucy Adame-Clark.

The unanimous vote was good news for residents working to incorporate the community of Sandy Oaks into its own city.

The city’s limited annexation plan was in direct conflict with the boundaries the incorporation committee was hoping to establish for what would become the city of Sandy Oaks.

“It’s up to the City Council to make the final decision, but this advisory vote however is very important,” said attorney and Von Ormy Mayor Art Martinez De Vara, who is helping the Sandy Oaks incorporation committee. “It sets the framework for the council debate and carries as much weight, in my opinion, as that of staff. Without it Sandy Oaks and the other residents are just speaking from the gallery.”

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