Land Use in the San Antonio River Basin
The San Antonio River Authority owns the beds and banks along the San Antonio River, its creeks and tributaries. This area lies mostly in SARA’s four county district of Bexar, Wilson and Goliad counties. However, a portion of the San Antonio River extends into Refugio and Victoria counties. SARA also has jurisdiction of the river in this area until the river reaches its confluence with the Guadalupe River.
The San Antonio River Authority has jurisdiction as legislated by the Texas State Legislature, as prescribed in Chapter 276, page 556 of the Acts of the 45th legislature. To read the legislation enabling the San Antonio River Authority click here.
SARA conveys land rights for both public and private projects which involve real estate owned or controlled by SARA.
River and Creek Crossings
In order to receive a temporary or permanent easement to cross a river or creek, a land use application must be submitted. This packet must contain:
- The completed Land Use Application
- Project Description Page
- Map of Project Area
- Certified Survey with Metes & Bounds & Plan/Profile Drawing (click here for SARA survey standards; click here for for a sample survey)
- Methods of Environmental Protection (spills, maintenance, etc.)
- Administrative Fee (only checks made payable to the San Antonio River Authority are accepted for payment)
The completed application is then submitted to SARA for review and consideration with the approval of SARA's Board of Directors. The applicant will be advised of all corresponding fees at the time of submittal. Click here for an administrative fee schedule.
Occasionally, property that SARA owns is declared surplus and is made available for lease. A Request for Proposal (RFP) will be issued to obtain bids for the lease of the property. All SARA RFP's can be viewed here.
Joint Use Agreements
Joint Use Agreements administered by SARA allow SARA to monitor new developments in easement and other SARA real estate interest areas. Both public and private organizations may apply for Joint Use Agreements.