SAN ANTONIO – City leaders and residents met Friday for a planning meeting as part of the SA Tomorrow initiative, which focuses on preparations for the expected population growth of 1 million people over the next 25 years.
SA Tomorrow focuses on three areas: the Comprehensive Plan, the Sustainability Plan and the Multimodal Transportation Plan. Click here to learn more about each plan.
Friday's planning meeting focused on San Antonio's water supply and annexation.
Last month, the San Antonio City Council passed the first of a series of San Antonio Water System rate hikes that will help fund the Vista Ridge pipeline project, which will bring water from Burleson County to Bexar County.
"In terms of water, we have a dozen water sources. We have growth and we need to be sure we have water in the future. This comprehensive planning team here is looking at the future," said John Dugan, with the city's planning and community development team.
Residents at the meeting heard from experts on the subject in an effort by the city to educate and engage the public on water planning.
"We're talking about a lot of growth coming to San Antonio, and San Antonio Water System wants to make sure we're prepared for (the) water needs of all of that growth that's coming to San Antonio. And we've integrated how we're going to do that with other plans that are taking place in the community, and this comprehensive planning process is a great opportunity to do that," said Karen Guz, director of water conservation at SAWS.
Friday's meeting also addressed the city's plans for annexation.
"The whole issue of annexation is going to be wrapped into the Comprehensive Plan. When it's completed, we'll have recommendations on where we should annex over the next decade. So that issue, the council and the mayor has given to the group here as part of the bigger picture of the future before they make individual decisions on properties," Dugan said.
SA Tomorrow is designed to build on the city's SA2020 vision, which is a set of goals the city hopes to reach by the year 2020.