Residents of Bexar County living near Camp Bullis and Lackland AFB last week rejected a ballot proposition that would have permitted San Antonio to annex their property, but the city still will have the power to prevent large-scale development from encroaching on the two military facilities. Legislation enacted by the state last year allows cities in counties with more than 500,000 residents to extend land use regulations to areas within a five-mile radius of a military base even if voters reject annexation, reported the San Antonio Express-News. In accordance with that law, the city is drafting a land use ordinance that will include restrictions recommended in a recent joint land use study for Joint Base San Antonio.
“With the ordinance, we’ll be looking at density, the types of land use that are close to the base, that will go through our permitting process,” Bridgett White, director of the San Antonio Planning Department, told KSAT San Antonio.
San Antonio Express-News photo by Billy Calzada