Vision & Goals
A vision statement describes the desired state of a place in the future. With community support, an effective vision can influence decisions and inspire action to move toward that idealized future. Goals further describe the outcomes that will support the realization of the vision. These, in turn, are supported by more specific strategies and actions that will implement the bigger-picture vision and goals. These strategies will involve specific proposed projects, programs, policies, and other means of achieving the community vision.
The Draft Vision and Goals for the Rolling Oaks Area Regional Center were prepared based off input from residents and community stakeholders through an online questionnaire, two community meetings, and a planning team meeting. Below are the emerging vision and goals for the Rolling Oaks area:
In 2040, Template will reflect the diversity of San Antonio’s people and families. Historic neighborhoods, rooted communities, iconic waterways and parks, and places of culture and learning will continue to characterize the area.
Unique destinations will each include an abundance of places to live, work, learn and enjoy, yet each will have a distinct character, featuring—and growing from—local culture and landscape.
Template’s neighborhoods will continue to convey historic character, and will have affordable homes and apartments for a diverse population. People of all ages and circumstances will be able to choose, stay, and call Template home.
Template’s multiple-purpose streets, trails, and public places will offer comfortable and convenient choices for walking, biking and transit riding, and make it easy to get exercise, socialize, and experience nature in a healthy environment.
Goal 1: Preserve Template’s Distinct Character
- Preserve Template’s essential character-defining elements: the diversity of people and the unique character of individual places and neighborhoods.
- Maintain buildings with exemplary historic character.
- Highlight the history and heritage of the area and share stories through urban design, public art, and cultural events.
- Continue to nurture Template’s identity as a welcoming place for diverse families.
Goal 2: Connect Neighborhoods and Destinations
- Improve sidewalks and trails to safely connect regional destinations, neighborhoods, transit, employment, shopping, schools, and green spaces.
- Improve connections across busy roads like San Pedro Avenue and highways like I-10, and make walking comfortable and enjoyable with lighting, trees, and slower traffic.
- Make biking safe and enjoyable for people of all biking comfort levels.
Goal 3: Support Great Transit
- Capitalize on Template’s central location, potential for comfortable walking, and concentration of housing, jobs, and destinations.
- Build high capacity transit service and provide regular service improvements within Template and to destinations such as Downtown, Medical Center, UTSA, and Brooks.
Goal 4: Support Unique, Mixed Activity Areas
- Foster an appropriate mix, density, and orientation of land uses in each part of Template to maintain the character of unique places, such as the North St. Mary’s Street music culture.
- Accommodate growth while preserving distinct characteristics of each part of Template and providing thoughtful transitions between uses.
- Support unique district cultures in Template, such as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Plus cultures on Main Street.
Goal 5: Broaden Housing Choices
- Offer a range of housing types and price-points to meet the diverse needs of residents such as, seniors, students, families, and others.
- Conserve existing affordable housing and the existing diverse mix of housing types, and expand affordable housing options.
- Rehabilitate or redevelop housing that is in poor condition.
- Focus most new housing development closer to multimodal transportation corridors.
Goal 6: Improve Pedestrian- and Transit-Oriented Retail and Services
- Building on the unique character and strengths in each retail corridor, support more diverse options, including small-scale markets, affordable healthy food, entertainment, and other amenities for Template’s diverse residents and visitors.
- Encourage building maintenance and renovations to beautify commercial corridors and create walkable, active street areas next to buildings.
Goal 7: Stimulate a Thriving Economy
- Create more employment opportunities to continue attracting a diverse residential population.
- Leverage existing robust employment anchors such as University of Incarnate Word, San Antonio College, and Methodist Hospital.
- Continue to improve Template’s great assets and public spaces, such as the Broadway Cultural Corridor, to attract more employers.
- Cultivate target markets related to arts, culture, entertainment, technology, and wellness.
Goal 8: Improve Outdoor and Nature Experiences
- Integrate nature and green space throughout Template, using creek-side trails (e.g., along San Pedro Springs Creek), Latin American-inspired plazas with vegetation, park-like streets, or other innovative spaces that include nature.
- Sustain large canopy trees and mature landscaping as defining features of Template’s neighborhoods.
Goal 9: Promote Health and Sustainability
- Improve access to affordable, healthy foods.
- Encourage concentrations of places to live, work, and play.
- Design streets and public places to make being outdoors delightful.
- Achieve multiple community goals with green infrastructure: use large trees, landscaping, and stream restoration to clean stormwater, reduce flooding, make great public spaces, improve walkability, reduce urban heat, and leave a great legacy downstream.
Goal 10: Pursue Transformative Projects
- Elevate Template’s aesthetic appeal, stimulate economic growth, and meet local needs by transforming vacant properties and older buildings through reuse, redevelopment, or new development.
Goal 11: Grow Unique Destinations
- Fortify Template destinations with complementary housing, education, employment, entertainment and transportation choices.
- Reinforce the Broadway Cultural Corridor, historic parks, San Antonio River, and San Pedro Springs Creek as places familiar to all San Antonians and welcoming to the world.
- Support other thriving retail, entertainment, and cultural destinations that already have a community and successful identify, such as the Pearl District, St. Mary’s Street, and Main Street.
- Support other corridors (such as Fredericksburg Road, San Pedro Avenue and McCullough Avenue) in building on their best qualities.