Verano is a 2,660 acre master planned, mixed-used, new urbanist community located near the intersection of Loop 410 and Zarzamora. The master development plan calls for more than 8,600 residential units comprised of detached single-family homes, townhouses, apartments, and lofts. The land plan also calls for more than five million square feet of office, retail, and restaurant space along with 4.3 million square feet of industrial space. There are also more than 200 acres of land set aside for sports and entertainment use. The centerpiece of the development is the 694-acre Texas A&M University San Antonio campus and Irrigation Technology Center.
Infrastructure requirements for streets, drainage, water, sanitary sewer, and non-potable water were analyzed to serve the new development. A comprehensive street network of 45 miles was created using Context Sensitive Solutions that included 16 different street cross sections that accommodated vehicles, on-street parking, transit, bicycles, and pedestrians. The stormwater management plan identified proposed drainage corridors, implemented measures to reduce detention requirements, and mapped floodplains. Water, wastewater, and non-potable water master plans were prepared by utilizing the project’s market analysis and build-out schedule to size and phase the major infrastructure. The utility master plans resulted in 38 miles of water pipe, an elevated water tank, 28 miles of wastewater pipe, five wastewater lift stations, and six miles of non-potable water mains.
This project received several awards including the 2008 TCEC Gold Medal in Engineering Excellence and the 2008 Long Range Planning Award from the San Antonio Chapter of the American Planning Association.