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August 17th, 2010
Mayor calls public meeting on Paso Robles

STAFF REPORT

San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz has called a public meeting for Wednesday to discuss the controversial Paso Robles residential development.

The San Marcos Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) approved a development agreement last week. The developer, Carma  Texas, is asking the city to facilitate a Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) of $20 million to cover substantial portions of the infrastructure costs. Under the arrangement, Carma would pay the costs up front, and the city would reimburse Carma out of the incremental property tax increase within the zone.

Carma proposes to build 3,427 homes on 1,338 acres, which would include a golf course. The site is west of the intersection of Hunter Road and McCarty Lane. Carma said it is investing $700 million in the Paso Robles project

Proponents of the gated community proposal say they support the availability of more upscale homes in the city and applaud the availability of another golf course, among their reasons. Opponents’ concerns include worry about nourishing a golf course over the Edwards Aquifer with greywater, along with their objections to the city paying infrastructure costs that normally are the responsibility of the developer.

The meeting will take place Wednesday, 6 p.m., at Mariposa Apartments, 2600 Hunter Road.

Narvaiz will moderate the session, giving background on the project and the approval process. Paso Robles representatives and city staff also will be present to discuss the project. Hays County Precinct 3 Commissioner Will Conley (R-Wimberley) will represent Hays County.

Public hearings on the proposed annexation of the development are scheduled at special city council meetings on Aug. 24 and Aug. 31 at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

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0 thoughts on “Mayor calls public meeting on Paso Robles

  1. How about giving the taxes to the school district instead of the developer? Also, who wants to live in an upscale house but on a 1/4 acre lot? Upscale indeed, this is going to be like B(ee)R Village on hwy 21 where, in the downturn, housing restrictions soon gave way to duplexes and foreclosures, and that was before they even made it out of phase one. But hey, bankruptcy is nothing new for this mayor.

  2. Dan why dont you go get your crayons , make a sign , and walk around town…. Or are you in Austin? Dan, “You Still Here?”

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