Verano-Texas A&M San Antonio, Texas

Verano is a community within San Antonio that embodies the culture, diversity and beauty of historic San Antonio. Located in San Antonio’s City South at the southern terminating station on the Austin-San Antonio Inter-Municipal Rail Line, Verano breaks new ground in urban living and environmental friendliness. A vision of former Mayor Ed Garza and County Judge Nelson Wolfe, City South was crafted to preserve the heritage of ruralism and affordable living on the south side of San Antonio. Adjacent to the Toyota Tundra Plant and the new Texas A&M San Antonio Campus, Verano is the urban heart of City South with the initiative to take the opportunity to ensure the future preservation of the community.

With the support of Mayor Phil Hardberger and the San Antonio City Council, Verano was entitled December 6, 2007, under the newly adopted SmartCode, a version of a unified form-based code ideal for the transit oriented design (TOD). The Verano Project Team worked closely with the City of San Antonio for nearly a year to calibrate the SmartCode. Planned under the SmartCode, Verano will be enlivened for generations as the Texas A&M Campus and the adjacent university neighborhoods of Verano grow and blossom together. The Verano team worked closely with VIA Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Austin-San Antonio Commuter Rail District to plan for the complete integration of a Commuter rail station in the town center.

Making the Master Plan a Reality – Texas A&M at San Antonio and TIRZ Financing
While planning the community, the Project Team competed for the opportunity to secure placement of the Texas A&M satellite campus within Verano. Selected by the Texas A&M System Board of Regents, almost 700 acres for the campus were donated from within Verano through the generosity of Triple L Management and its investors. At build-out, Verano and Texas A&M could be home to 30,000 residents, 30,000 students and 30,000 jobs, potentially generating a tax base of $2 billion. This development potential led to the City of San Antonio and Bexar County to create a 30-year $235 million refunding Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) for Verano.

Verano’s overall program will include a town center across the street from the new Texas A&M Campus, anchored by the commuter rail station. Three villages will surround the town center to the north and east, each containing a wide variety of housing, greens, plazas, trails and neighborhood retail. A hamlet is anticipated to grow around Canvas Back Lake to the east through the incorporation of zoning in the Verano TOD.

The Verano community will work to create a sustainable balance of ecological responsibility, social well-being, and economic viability through their new vision. This balance will elaborate on the neighboring Toyota plant’s sustainable legacy as the cleanest manufacturing facility in North America, making the community efforts stronger through their combined efforts.


Form-Based Code and Documents


Verano Master Development Pattern Plan
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Verano Community Design Book

Section I - Introduction

Section II - General

Section III - Master Plan

Section IV - Architectual Renderings

Section V - Transportation Design

Section VI - Lot Development Standards

Section VII - Architectural Standards

Section VIII - Architectural Styles

Section IX - Special District Standards

Section X - Landscape Standards

Section XI - Sustainable Design Standards

Section XII - Source References

Project Overview
Master Plan
SmartCode Entitlement
Texas A&M Multi-Way Boulevard
Commuter Rail Station
Texas A&M San Antonio Campus Master Plan

TIF Boundary Map

TIF Project Plan

TIF Finance Plan


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Verano, TX





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