“Save Scenic Loop” supports GEAA

Our “Save Scenic Loop” alliance, SLHCA (Scenic Loop – Helotes Creek Alliance), is now aligned with GEAA (the Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance). Please take a moment to make a donation to GEAA and remember to add a note and mention “Save Scenic Loop”…

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With enough contributions from our membership we will become “Water Guardians” along with other environmentally conscious organizations such as the Sierra Club,  Friends of Government Canyon, Headwaters at Incarnate Word, Helotes Heritage Association, Hill Country Planning Association, Native Plant Society-SA/TX, SA Audubon Society, SA Conservation Society, and many others—all aligned to protect our water source and the environment.  

GEAA, under the strong leadership of Annalisa Peace and our own Ron Green, is a powerful group which informs, advocates for and works diligently to protect the Edwards Aquifer, it’s springs, creeks and watersheds.

The Edwards is the source of the largest springs in Texas and the sole source of our drinking water.

Why should we care, donate, get involved?  Think of life without clean WATER…impossible, you say? Yet this unique and invaluable water resource is in danger— from over-development in sensitive contributing and aquifer recharge zones (which impacts the natural water flows and potentially increases contaminants), from the threat of sewer lines being placed in creek beds (remember San Geronomo Creek vs SAWS) and from over-pumping which reduces and could potentially dry up our springs, creeks and rivers. Helotes Creek already is almost always dry. Plant and animal life in these riparian ecosystems can and are being significantly impacted. These actions are real threats to the source of drinking water for everyone, so PLEASE join our Scenic Loop – Helotes Creek Alliance in supporting GEAA!  GEAA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and your donation is tax-deductible.  

New Commercial Office Building Planned in our Neighborhood

Neighbors,

The Helotes Heritage Association and the Scenic Loop – Helotes Creek Alliance exist to protect and preserve our precious neighborhood.  If you have concerns there is an opportunity to make your voice heard at the Helotes Planning and Zoning Committee meeting where this office building development will be presented.  Join us at Helotes City Hall and sign up for Citizens to be Heard, April 2, 2019 at 7:00 PM.

This message is to inform our neighbors of a planned office building development at Scenic Loop and Marnoch Road.  The old stables property (click link to see where this is planned) will be the future headquarters of the Judicial Service Company.

The building is planning on being placed where the stables are located today and the entrance will closely follow the existing driveway off of Scenic Loop Road. Judicial Services Company will be the only tenant occupying the building with their 42 employees. The building was designed to accommodate the companies continued growth and is tucked into the top left corner of the property. The company owners have no plans or desire to expand either the building or the parking lot in the future. The large undeveloped portion of their property will be utilized for walking trails for their employees as most of it is in the flood plain.

Here is a list of some questions and answers attained from the owners:

Water – They do plan on using municipal water supplied via Marnoch Road, but the plans also contain a rain water catchment system for landscape watering.

Sewer – Plans are to utilize an aerobic septic system for the office buildings bathroom and kitchen needs. No municipal sewer infrastructure will be extended for this project.

Parking – The owners are still working with their architect on parking lot material and are open to investigating pervious cover solutions depending upon cost as opposed to asphalt or concrete.

Building facade – The building meets Helotes guidelines by using approximately 75% limestone on the exterior, which will also be complimented with corrugated metal panels and many windows.

Traffic – The office are open for business Monday – Friday from 8:30am to 5:30pm and closed on the weekends. Due to where most of their employees live they anticipate they will be using Bandera Road when arriving and leaving work.

Lighting – The design specifies the type of lighting utilized for the building and the parking lot. External building lighting will be landscape lighting that faces up from the ground onto the buildings exterior. Some of which will be left on after hours for security purposes. The parking lot lighting will be down lighting and will be turned off over night.

Judicial Services Company information:

– Company Website – https://www.judicialservicessa.com/

– About the owners (who also live on Scenic Loop Road near Babcock)
https://globalleadership.org/stories/let-them-be-leaders/?redirect=let-them-be-leaders&cururl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.followthegls.com%2Fn-america%2Flet-them-be-leaders

Other helpful resources:

Building Plans, Site Plans, Excavation Plans
(contains plans and drawing of the intended building)

Helotes Planning & Zoning Agenda for April 2nd
(contains the agenda and additional plans and drawing of the intended building)

Helotes Zoning Map 
(these two parcel have been zoned B2 commercial since 1981)

City of Helotes, Texas, Zoning Code
(No plans to change zoning classification. It appears that Helotes will permit this type of business within existing B-2 zoning)
B-3 General Business District
B-2 Neighborhood Services District
B-1 Commercial Office Building

Helotes Flood Plain Map
(a large portion of these two parcels are in the flood plain)

Helotes Commercial Development Guide 
Section 8.1 Design Standards The City of Helotes is proud of its rural heritage and strives to maintain that aesthetic and sense of community within its commercial districts.

Scenic Loop – Helotes Creek Alliance Neighborhood

Marnoch Homestead

Emory Bluhm – Chairman SL-HCA
emory@scenicloop.org

“Save Scenic Loop” Membership Drive

 IT’S OFFICIAL!

As of October 2018, the Scenic Loop – Helotes Creek Neighborhood was officially recognized by the City of San Antonio as a registered neighborhood.  Our goals are simple – to preserve the historic and natural splendor of our Scenic Loop corridor.

WHY WE WERE FORMED?

Let’s be honest, many of us live here because, frankly, we want to be left alone!  We don’t want increased traffic.  We don’t want bright lights destroying our dark skies. We don’t want dense development taking away the natural beauty that surrounds us.  We don’t want people telling us what to do, we just want to get on with our lives as we have chosen.

But change is coming and we can either control it or have it imposed upon us!  The best way to stay in the Loop (pun intended) is to become an engaged and informed resident and membership is where that begins.  Look what is happening to Hausman Road and to Galm Road.  We don’t want Scenic Loop Road to be next!

WHAT WE NEED FROM YOU?

If you are already a registered member, Thank You..!  And we ask that you forward this and talk to your neighbors about registering.

If you are not already a member, we cannot meet our objectives without YOU!  We need more than 50% of our neighborhood residents to become members of our Alliance to ensure our future success.  Please JOIN NOW..!  Join by visiting www.scenicloop.org and registering (it’s FREE).  All we need is your name, address, and email.  You will be kept informed about our neighborhood activities, invited to great informational sessions, and your level of involvement is completely up to you.

JOIN US TO BE LEFT ALONE!

We are NOT an HOA and we do not have, or wish to have, any governance rules about what can be done by residents of our neighborhood.  So what ARE our objectives?  They are:

  1. Maintain the status of the Scenic Loop-Helotes Creek corridor from Hwy 16 (Bandera Rd) to the Babcock Rd as a rural road;
  1. Keep the tree canopy intact and protected from the spread of Oak Wilt;
  1. Protect the visual, physical and aesthetic qualities of the Corridor;
  1. Support protection of the region’s historical and cultural integrity; and
  1. Support protection of the region’s natural beauty and resources to include water, viewshed and dark sky.

Our neighborhood was carefully crafted to include the head waters of all of the contributing creeks that feed through our corridor, it is inclusive of all the ridgelines demarking our corridors viewshed, as well as including all estates who rely on Scenic Loop Road for access to their homes between Bandera Road and Babcock Road.  Our designation as an official neighborhood takes us a step closer to these objectives of our Alliance.

WHAT ARE WE DOING NOW?

We are gathering historical information relative to our corridor and uploading it to the library on our website.

We are working with many different organizations related to preserving our neighborhoods waterways and greenspaces.

We are meeting with and influencing strategic roadway and traffic planning.

We are working on establishing a Neighborhood Conservation District within our neighborhood.

Its Official: Scenic Loop – Helotes Creek is now a Neighborhood

As the Alliance was being formed in early to mid 2018, several of our residents were hard at work registering our corridor with the City of San Antonio to have our neighborhood officially recognized.  Earlier this month the San Antonio Neighborhood & Housing Services Department published the official map of our neighborhood on the cities website.  This brings formality and recognition of our neighborhood and of our Alliance to the surrounding communities.

The border of our neighborhood was carefully crafted to ensure inclusion of the head waters of all of the contributing creeks that feed through our corridor, it is inclusive of all of the ridgelines demarking our corridors viewshed; as well as including all estates who rely on our Scenic Loop Road for access to their homes between Bandera Road and Babcock Road.  This takes us another step closer to the objectives of our Alliance which are detailed below.


Alliance Objectives:
Section 1. Maintain the status of the Scenic Loop-Helotes Creek corridor from Hwy 16 (Bandera Rd) to the Babcock Rd as a rural road;
Section 2. Keep the tree canopy intact and protected from the spread of Oak Wilt;
Section 3. Protect the visual, physical and aesthetic qualities of the Corridor;
Section 4. Support protection of the region’s historical and cultural integrity; and
Section 5. Support protection of the region’s natural beauty and resources to include water, viewshed and dark sky.


 

How To: Remove Private Roads and Driveways from GPS Apps

Google:

To report the issue, while looking at the roads within Maps on a PC (maps.google.com):
  1. click on Send Feedback
  2. choose Wrong Information
  3. click on the road segments until all the roads are highlighted
  4. click the box beside Is private
  5. since you probably will have included more than just what is private, click Add a note and write something like the following:
    • Private resident owned driveway from 29.609004, -98.684575 to 29.627235, -98.682889:  Please remove from maps.

Once you submit that report it can take a few weeks to a few months for them to repair it as the reports are handled in order.


Waze:
Please send your request to emory@scenicloop.org who is now a junior waze map editor:  For waze.com Emory needs to submit a request (PM=personal message) to the mapping moderator for our region (tcalvert317) outlining the requested correction and including the GPS coordinates (latitude, longitude).  Ted will review our request and if he agrees, he will make the change.
The changes requested below will still take days or weeks to be committed to the maps that users see.
Here is the request I sent already and his response:

Road Type Update Request – Scenic Loop Neighborhood

Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:35 am
To: tcalvert317 entropicpoke

Hi tcalvert317,

My name is Emory Bluhm and I am the chair of our Scenic Loop Neighborhood Alliance (“Save Scenic Loop”) (http://www.scenicloop.org). Our residents have asked me to coordinate updates to both maps.google.com and http://www.waze.com to correct discrepancies that are sending unknowing drivers down privately owned (NOT PUBLIC) driveways in our neighborhood. Here is a list I have prepared that needs to be changed from “Local Road” to “Private Road”:

– Deer Trail Lane – https://www.waze.com/ul?ll=29.59107270% … es&zoom=17

– Madla Ranch Rd – https://www.waze.com/ul?ll=29.60612938% … es&zoom=17

– Green Dr – https://www.waze.com/ul?ll=29.62254550% … es&zoom=17

– Blue Hill Dr – https://www.waze.com/ul?ll=29.62191129% … es&zoom=17

– Unnamed Driveway – https://www.waze.com/ul?ll=29.62659315% … es&zoom=17

– Escondida Rd – https://www.waze.com/ul?ll=29.63078053% … es&zoom=17

– Four Rogers Rd – https://www.waze.com/ul?ll=29.63240321% … es&zoom=17

– Sams Ranch Rd – https://www.waze.com/ul?ll=29.63242186% … es&zoom=17

– Emily Ridge Rd – https://www.waze.com/ul?ll=29.63414710% … es&zoom=17

Re: Road Type Update Request – Scenic Loop Neighborhood

Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:32 pm
To: entropicpoke

Emory,

I took care of all of the roads except for the first one, Deer Trail Lane. Has this road been gated or had some other sort of change? Also, for some of the other roads I didn’t always mark them as private, but checked the unpaved box, which will prevent traffic along them.

Thanks,

Ted

San Antonio Annexation on the Ballot

UPDATE:  On 9/27 I attended a meeting with San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg where he suggested citizens vote NO on annexation.  The CoSA is only looking for “land use control” to control dense development around local military bases to protect them against BRAC realignment.  The city is concerned about the financial impact of extending city services to additional property owners who don’t want/need the services and don’t wish to have the additional property tax implications.  This is just the only process allowed by the state legislature to meet the cities objectives.  Even with a NO vote, CoSA gets their land use control and there will be no change to property taxes in the ETJ.

Below you will find links to detailed information regarding the ballot initiative this November for City of San Antonio annexation within their ETJ.  The city’s focus is on acquiring Land Use Jurisdiction around local military bases to protect their viability by preventing dense development.  Existing residents see a sharp increase in Property Taxes with little perceived benefit from city services.

For More Info:

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How We Got Here

 

New Wine & Beer Retailers Permit

There is a new establishment (Bicycle Bar) located near the intersection of Babcock Rd and Scenic Loop Rd (21880 Babcock) that is requesting a permit to sell alcohol.  The applicants name is “Kremkau Divide LLC”.  In addition to selling alcohol, this establishment wishes to host live music and food trucks.  Some residents and members of our Alliance have requested information on how to protest and/or support this establishment.  We have obtained some contact information and included it below.  Because this establishment is not located within any city the contacts will be Bexar County & TABC:

 

§545.303 – ADDITIONAL PARKING REGULATIONS

(a) An operator who stops or parks on a two-way roadway shall do so with the right-hand wheels of the vehicle parallel to and within 18 inches of the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway.