By ANDY SEVILLA
The San Marcos City Council approved a second reading for a last-minute extension on a zoning change request for the developers of the proposed Purgatory Creek Apartment complex.
Without Tuesday’s vote, the project would have died Wednesday.
At an 8 a.m. special meeting, the council voted 4-2 in favor of extending the deadline for developer Larry Peel & Company and ETR Consulting to secure approval from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) for the location of a curb cut onto Hunter Road and the construction plans for a center turn lane and a deceleration lane on Hunter Road by Sept. 30.
With the council’s Tuesday vote, the developer has been granted an extension until June 30 to secure approval from TxDOT.
As the council approved the extension, San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz mentioned that the city will eventually acquire and maintain Hunter Road from Wonder World Drive to its intersection with Ranch Road 12, thus removing the intersection from TxDOT’s authority. A city official said TxDOT is, in essence, allowing the city to give the go-ahead in securing approval for the road improvements, given that Hunter Road will soon be turned over to San Marcos.
Per the original agreement for rezoning from general commercial (GC) to multi-family (MF-18) approved on March 4, the developer’s request would be revoked if the TxDOT approvals weren’t secured by Wednesday. The developers were unable to obtain that approval before the deadline.
Councilmembers John Thomaides and Chris Jones dissented, while Councilmember Gaylord Bose was absent due to a pre-scheduled family event.
The Purgatory Creek Apartment project is proposed to be built near Hunter Road and Wonder World Drive on approximately 22.5 acres.
In February, the council voted 4-2 against the developer’s request for the zoning change. The council later reversed course in March and voted in favor of allowing the change with the stipulations.
When the developers told city officials they would not be able to meet the Sept. 30 deadline for TxDOT approval, the council took up the extension as an emergency measure on Sept. 15. Though the council didn’t cast the five votes needed to approve the emergency item, a 4-3 vote in its favor sufficed as a first reading passage.Email | Print