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June 18th, 2009
Lewis joins city development team

Matthew B. Lewis is the city’s new assistant director of development services. Photo by Don Anders.

STAFF REPORT

Texas State and San Marcos High School graduate Matthew B. Lewis returned to town as the city’s assistant director of development services. Lewis, formerly the community development director for Hutto, started work for his home town on June 8.

Lewis will be responsible for overseeing the development regulations that govern the growth of San Marcos, working with developers while monitoring zoning, land use, and subdivision cases to achieve the regulations outlined in the code of ordinances.

In addition, Lewis will examine regulations for potential modification to achieve the city’s development goals, collaborating with regional agencies to match the city’s planning efforts with regional efforts.

“Matthew returns to San Marcos with a broad background in the development arena,” said Chuck Swallow, the city’s director of development services. “He has a great ability to look at community development from a very balanced viewpoint.”

Lewis graduated from Texas State in 2003 with a Bachelor’s degree in geography and urban and regional planning. He joined the City of Hutto in 2004 as a planner and become the community development director at the end of 2006.

In Hutto, Lewis oversaw the department of community development, including administration, planning, building, and Geographic Information Systems divisions.

There, Lewis created a citywide SmartCode and a downtown master plan. He also used collaborative development methods, such as a charette process to engage the public and achieve community support in creating several successful projects. Among those projects is a pedestrian-oriented 475-acre vertical mixed use development.

Lewis has been honored by the Texas American Planning Association in 2006 and 2008 with Planning Excellence Awards and as Community of the Year plan honoree. He also received an Outstanding Planning Award from the Student Planning Organization at Texas State University. Most recently, Lewis was awarded the Community Stewardship award for the City of Hutto SmartCode by Envision Central Texas.

Lewis has conducted lectures at Texas State University planning classes, Texas Municipal League workshops and several other training sessions.

He is an active member of the Congress for the New Urbanism, American Planning Association and the Texas Municipal League and is Co-Chair on the Congress of New Urbanism Education Committee.

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  1. Way to go Matt! You continue to, as do both of your brother, a continuing source of pride! I couldn’t believe the amount of growth along IH-35 in San Marcos. I went to San Antonio a few months ago and I didn’t even recognize the area from the exit to Texas State on out to the outlet malls. I guess it has been longer than I thought since I have been down that way. Unlike Hutto where you had a type of “clean slate” to work with, San Marcos is much different and I’m sure much more of a challenge. I know that you will do great, though!

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