by ANDY SEVILLA
A standing room only crowd of San Marcos residents converged on the Mariposa Apartments Wednesday night to discuss the proposed Paso Robles development with city staff, Mayor Susan Narvaiz, and the developers.
Narvaiz and staff presented background information and the approval process for the project on the south end of the city. Residents presented concerns about traffic, wondering how local roads would lay out.
Numerous residents stormed City Hall early this month to protest against the possibility of the proposed FM 110 running through McCarty Lane. Residents argued that expanding McCarty Lane to a four-lane divided highway would adversely affect their properties. The city council ultimately voted unanimously against realigning a portion of FM 110 with McCarty Lane, and the city is set to review the matter in an upcoming transportation master planning process.
The proposed gated Paso Robles development would, at full build-out, consist of 3,427 single-family units, a daily fee golf course and club house, walking trails and parks, as well as a retail component at the southeast corner of Hunter Road and Centerpoint Road. The total acreage of the site is 1,338, built to 2.7 units per gross acre, with 50 acres dedicated to commercial development and 381 to open space, which includes the 18-hole golf course, community centers, public parks, hike and bike trails, and other open space and buffer areas.
A big concern for local environmentalists has been the proposed method for watering the golf course that is, in part, over the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone. The developers have said they will water the golf course with reclaimed water, troubling environmentalist with the possibility of effluent and pharmaceuticals reaching the Edwards Aquifer.
Shaun Cranston, Carma Texas General Manager, said a golf course helps protect the Edwards Aquifer, as it limits impervious cover. Reclaimed water also will be used for landscaping irrigation through the development.