Architectural Review Committee


The purpose of the Architectural Review Committee are:
  • To assure high standards for aesthetic quality of development and/or redevelopment in commercial and multi-family housing areas of the city
  • To promote orderly and harmonious development within the city
  • To enhance living and business conditions within the city
  • To assure that natural features are appropriately preserved and integrated with the development

Issues Addressed

Issues addressed by the Architectural Review Committee are:
  • Accessibility design considerations for persons with disabilities
  • Appropriate signage: size limitations, color, and other aesthetic considerations
  • Conservation of trees and other natural habitat considerations
  • Energy efficiency of design
  • Harmony of design, colors, materials, and finesse
  • Irrigation and maintenance
  • Quality, character, and scale of design
  • Suitability of building materials
  • Visibility and effect upon view at all sight lines
  • Traffic Impact

Regular Meetings

  • 7 p.m.
  • The 1st Wednesday of every month (upon request)
  • Council Chambers
    209 Lemonwood Drive
    San Antonio, TX 78213
Meetings are open to the public and posted in accordance with the Open Meetings Act.

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

Committee Members

Barry Middleman, Chair
David Kilgore, Committee Member
Kevin Cherniss, Committee Member
Ana Frias, Committee Member
Jimena McBurnett, Committee Member
Leslie Weber, Alternate Member

Member Appointment & Terms

The Architectural Review Committee consists of 5 regular members and 2 alternates that are citizens of the City. Each member is appointed by one Council member each and the Mayor selects one alternate, all are confirmed by the City Council for a term of 2 years beginning on the 1st day of June of each odd numbered year.

Application for Hearing

To have an project reviewed by the committee, complete the Application for a hearing. For an application follow the link to Architectural Review Committee Hearing.
For a tree removal hearing by the Architectural Review Committee complete the Tree Removal Application. Follow the link to Tree Removal Application.

Additional Information

The Architectural Review Committee regulations are available in Chapter 8 of the Code or Ordinances.  Follow this link to Code of Ordinances - Chapter 8 Buildings and Building Regulations

Additional information on ARC tree removal hearings are available in Chapter 48 of the Code of Ordinances.  Follow this link to Code of Ordinances - Chapter 48 Vegetation.