Platting Services

Unlock the full potential of your land with Parra & Co – Your partner in successful land development in San Antonio.
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The Rural Economic Assistance League (REAL) currently provides bus service encompassing the counties of Aransas, Jim Wells, Brooks, Live Oak, Duval, Refugio, San Patricio, and Bee in South Texas. Real has a ridership of over 200,000 passengers per year, with a fleet of 66 vehicles. Current facilities are udated, and with the continued growth, they have become out of capacity. REAL is planning a new Multimodal Facility in Alice, TX, replacing the current one.

Parra & Co, after a successful completion of the project’s Phase 1 (Proposed Masterplan review), was engaged by Able City once more to provide Civil Engineering services for Phase 2 of the project, as now the funds for the facility have been secured.

The proposed facility includes a 16,964 sq ft Administration Building and a 11,589 sq ft Maintenance Building. The facility will include parking for 120 vehicles, 82 busses, and 22 bicycles.

Parra & Co received the Conceptual Design for the Proposed Facility from the Architect (Able City), and prepared the Site Civil Construction Documents, Stormwater Management Plan, and a Hydrology Report, including the detention basin design. For the Utility Plan, Parra & Co is designing a water line extension.

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Parra & Co was engaged by the City of Laredo to prepare a TIGER Grant Application ($12.75M) to be used towards the development of the new Operations & Maintenance Facility of El Metro ($25.7M), located at the intersection of Jacaman and Barlett. Our team prepared a Conceptual Phasing Plan, dividing the proposed facility into 2 phases, as well as potential Cost Reduction and created a Phasing Plan for the overall facility in order to lower costs of phase 1. Using the data provided by El Metro, we obtained a projected cost estimate for the following year. (2017)

Parra & Co wrote the TIGER application on behalf of the City of Laredo and El Metro and tied the application into the City’s comprehensive plan and its coming updates. While this application was not funded, the package was re-purposed and submitted under the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) 5339(b) Discretionary Grant Program in FY16. This submission yielded a $9,875,083 FTA grant award for the construction of the new facility.

As the City was concerned the cash from the grant award may not be readily available, a revised facility plan needed to be considered in order to accommodate a reduced total project budget. The Parra & Co team prepared a scope of work to assist the City in the execution of the grant within the TrAMS system to include concurrence from FTA Region VI in a manner that projected all local investment in the project and maximized the use of the federal funding available.

This project allowed the adjustment of the City’s application according to the reduced amount received by the FTA, the potential land value increase for the facility, and the available matching funds from the City to obtain preliminary approval from FTA to move forward.

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Parra & Co provided Project Management and direction between the City of Laredo, El Metro Transit, Google, and the sub-consultant team. Along with the team, Parra & Co provided data creation and formatting services to prepare the GTFS files submitted to Google. Formatting was provided in accordance with Google’s GTFS specifications.

El Metro Transit provides bus service in the City of Laredo, TX. The goal was to have all 22 El Metro Transit Laredo routes schedules available in Google Transit. (Google maps and navigation apps.)

For final delivery, Parra & Co visited with El Metro Transit staff to collect current routes/stops, prepared the schedule, and stops data (GTFS format), and assisted in communications and submittal to Google.

Welcome to Parra & Co, where we simplify the platting process for San Antonio landowners. Platting, an essential step in land development, involves creating a detailed map to scale, indicating the land detailed description, property subdivision for sales, mergers, etc. It compiles all third party rights and indicates all utility or drainage easements. Our expertise ensures your project aligns with zoning and land-use regulations, paving the way for successful development.

Understanding Plats

Understanding Platting: Platting transforms your property vision into a legally recognized plan. This critical process is necessary for a variety of reasons, including selling land, combining properties, allocating land for public use, and more. It ensures the correct placement of roads, access to utilities, and compliance with local land use policies, promoting orderly and compliant development.

Importance of Plats

The Importance of Platting in San Antonio: In San Antonio, proper platting secures your property’s regulatory rights under the current Unified Development Code (UDC). This proactive measure safeguards your land from future regulatory shifts that may introduce stricter standards or additional fees, maintaining your project’s viability and cost-efficiency.

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Navigating the platting process in San Antonio

The City’s platting requirements extend to the city and its Extraterritorial Jurisdiction, covering a five-mile radius beyond city boundaries. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Minor Plats: A minor plat subdivision is considered to be four lots or less. Handled on an ongoing basis by the Development Services Department, these pertain to less complex property adjustments.
  • Major Plats: A major plat subdivision is considered to be five lots or more. Reviewed bi-weekly by the Planning Commission, these involve more significant land development projects. Submission deadlines are stringent, falling two Mondays before the scheduled review session.
  • Stormwater Management Plan (SWMP): For most Major and Minor Plats the City of San Antonio requires a Stormwater Management Plan that illustrates the existing and ultimate conditions for a proposed development of a property to be platted. This is to determine the impact into the City’s storm sewer infrastructure. 
  • Amending Plat: When a lot line needs to be removed within two lots adjacent to one another to become one lot, and no more changes need to be made, then an Amending Plat can be done. In this case, a SWMP is not required.

Failure to adhere to the official platting process before making alterations or starting development is against local regulations, emphasizing the need for thorough planning and compliance.

Why Choose Parra & Co?

  • Local Expertise: In-depth knowledge of San Antonio’s platting regulations and development codes. Our approval rate is 100%.
  • Streamlined Process: We handle the details of the platting process, providing a hassle-free experience. You would need to take care of the City fees, as they may vary.
  • Customized Support: Tailored solutions to meet the unique requirements of your property and project.

Get Started with Your Platting Project: Embarking on a land development journey in San Antonio? Let Parra & Co guide you through the platting process with ease and expertise. Reach out to our local office for personalized assistance and set your project on the path to success.

Unlock the full potential of your land with Parra & Co – Your partner in successful land development in San Antonio.

What’s our process?

Step 1: Initial Consultation

  • What We Do: Schedule a phone call with Parra & Co to listen to your needs and discuss your land development goals.
  • What You Do: Email us the available relevant documents if available, such as: Architectural site plan, title commitments, supporting deeds, previous surveys, name of subdivision, lot address, owner/developer contact information (name, address, phone number), person who will sign the plat, number of lots or any type of background information you may have on the property.

Step 2: Site Assessment and Research

  • What We Do: Conduct an assessment of your property, including a topographic survey, environmental checks, and a review of existing land use regulations. If you’ve already performed a topographic survey we can utilize this if available in CAD format.
  • What We Look For: Zoning restrictions, potential environmental issues, existing infrastructure, and the overall suitability for your intended use.

Step 3: Preliminary Plat Design

  • What We Do: Develop a preliminary plat design based on the site assessment. This includes plotting out lots, roadways, utilities, and other necessary elements.
  • What You Do: Review and provide feedback on the preliminary design to ensure it aligns with your vision and requirements.

Step 4: Regulatory Compliance and Submission

  • What We Do: Prepare and submit the plat application to the City of San Antonio, ensuring compliance with all local regulations and the Unified Development Code. When submitting the application, there are initial fees that vary depending on each project. When received, we notify the client so they can pay the City directly, or pay us these fees, so we pay them to the City. The plat process with the City starts only after payment of these fees.
  • What We Look For: Compliance with all local, state, and federal regulations, addressing any specific issues related to your property and planned development.

Step 5: Public Hearings and Revisions

  • What We Do: Represent your project at any required public hearings or planning commission meetings. Address feedback from the city and the public, and make necessary revisions to the plat.
  • What You Do: Attend hearings, if possible, and stay engaged in the process, providing additional input as needed.

Step 6: Final Plat Approval and Recording

  • What We Do: Obtain final approval from the city, make any final adjustments, and ensure the plat is officially recorded with Bexar County.
  • What You Do: Review the final plat, sign any necessary documents, and celebrate the successful approval of your plat! Please note that, to obtain approval, the Owner must have paid their taxes in order to obtain a “tax certificate” showing a $0 balance, this is required by the County for recordation.

Step 7: Post-Platting Support

  • What We Do: Provide guidance on next steps after plat approval, including any additional permits needed for construction or development.
  • What You Do: Begin the next phase of your project with confidence, knowing you have a solid foundation thanks to proper platting.

What Parra & Co Looks For During Platting

Plat Compliance

Legal Compliance: Ensuring the plat meets all legal and regulatory requirements.

Plat Community

Community Impact: Considering how the development will impact the local community and environment. This is of extreme importance to the City of San Antonio when considering approval of a plat.

Infrastructure and Utilities: Planning for necessary infrastructure, such as roads and utilities, and ensuring access for emergency services.

Plat Growth

Future Growth: Anticipating future growth and development in the area to ensure the plat remains viable and functional for years to come.

By following these steps with Parra & Co, you’ll navigate the platting process in San Antonio with ease, setting a solid foundation for your land development project.

Understanding Plat Exceptions in San Antonio

What is a Plat Exception? In San Antonio, certain properties can be exempt from the usual platting requirements based on their size, use, or date they were originally platted. This can include large tracts of land intended for single-family or agricultural uses, or properties platted before June 14, 1927.

Do You Qualify for a Plat Exception?

  • If your property is more than five acres within city limits or ten acres outside city limits, and no public improvements are planned, you might be exempt.
  • Properties meant to remain undeveloped or used for non habitable purposes could also qualify.
  • Single-family dwellings on certain tracts may receive utility services without needing a plat, under specific conditions.

Nonconforming Lots of Record: If your lot became substandard due to city actions, like zoning changes or annexation, you might not need to replat to use it according to the current zoning district.

Building Near Property Lines: There are also rules for building structures across property lines under certain conditions, mainly for single-family uses.

Do You Qualify for a Plat Exception?

  • If your property is more than five acres within city limits or ten acres outside city limits, and no public improvements are planned, you might be exempt.
  • Properties meant to remain undeveloped or used for non habitable purposes could also qualify.
  • Single-family dwellings on certain tracts may receive utility services without needing a plat, under specific conditions.

Nonconforming Lots of Record: If your lot became substandard due to city actions, like zoning changes or annexation, you might not need to replat to use it according to the current zoning district.

Building Near Property Lines: There are also rules for building structures across property lines under certain conditions, mainly for single-family uses.

How to Apply for a Plat Exception: To find out if your property qualifies, you’ll need to apply for a Certificate of Determination. You can reach out to us and we can provide you with the form. In the case the City does not approve the Certificate of Determination, we are here to help you with a new plat application.

Why This Matters: Understanding these exceptions can save you time and resources if your property is eligible. It ensures that you’re compliant with local regulations while making informed decisions about your property development.

Need More Help?

If you’re still unsure about the platting process or if your property qualifies for an exception, don’t worry! We’re here to help guide you through every step. 

Remember, this guide is meant to make the plat exception process in San Antonio easier to understand. Always make sure to check the latest regulations with the City and consult with professionals for your specific situation.

Contact us today, and let our experienced team provide you with the insights and guidance needed for a successful project outcome. Your vision, our expertise – together, we can turn your development dreams into reality. Reach out now for your free case review!