Dear GEAA members and friends,
Last week the San Antonio Planning Commission voted 5-4 to exclude recommendations for impervious cover limits and dark skies protections from the proposed Sustainability Plan.  Read more here. As a stakeholder participant who participated in a year’s worth of meetings, I am outraged that five members of the Planning Commission would favor a request from the Real Estate Council of San Antonio over the recommendations of an inclusive panel of stakeholders. (Please note that this is NOT the San Antonio Board of Realtors, which normally represents the industry; realtors who called GEAA to express astonishment at the Planning Commission’s decision did not know anything about RECSA.)
On Wednesday (8/3) at 1:30 pm GEAA will join others for a Press Conference on the east steps of City Hall (100 Military Plaza) to call on Mayor Taylor and City Council to reject the recommendation of the Planning Commission and adopt the Sustainability Plan submitted by the Stakeholders Group.  You are all invited.
After the Press Conference, we will attend the City Council B Session at Municipal Plaza, where this item will be discussed.  If you are not able to attend, you can watch the meeting on-line.
In the meanwhile, please contact Mayor Taylor and your City Council representative to urge them to reject the Planning Commission’s recommendation when they vote on this item at their August 11th  meeting.
We will also be asking Council to replace the five members (as of this time we have been unable to get their names) who disregarded the lengthy and open Sustainability Plan process when their terms expire this October.
We hope to see you on Wednesday.  Stay tuned for more on this issue.
Annalisa Peace
Executive Director
Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance