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August 23rd, 2010
City to hold Paso Robles public hearings

STAFF REPORT

The San Marcos City Council will hold the first of several public meetings Tuesday on the proposed annexation of Paso Robles, the much discussed 1,340-acre master planned community on Hunter Road.

The first public hearing on the annexation will be held Tuesday at 6 p.m. at City Hall. A second public hearing is scheduled for Aug. 31 at 6 p.m. at City Hall on the proposed annexation, as well as land use and zoning issues on the gated community project proposed by Carma Developers, Inc.

Mayor Susan Narvaiz, Interim City Manager Laurie Moyer, Hays County Precinct 3 Commissioner Will Conley (R-Wimberley) and Carma Developer General Manager Shaun Cranston met last week with about 80 residents of the area for a two and a half hour question and answer session on the planned community.

“We appreciate all the time and effort our planning and zoning commissioners and parks board members have devoted to considering this project, as well as the input from friends and neighbors on Wednesday night,” Narvaiz said.  “We are holding the two public hearings to ensure that there is dedicated time to receive thoughtful comments from the public.”

The first public discussion by the city council on Paso Robles will take place on Sept. 21, when the council is scheduled to consider a vote. On Oct. 4, the council is scheduled to take a second reading of the annexation and final consideration on the development agreement, land use amendments and zoning changes.

The development agreement would include Carma’s request for a Tax Increment Refinancing Zone (TIRZ). Under the agreement, Carma would pay the cost of infrastructure, then the city would reimburse Carma $20 million from the increased tax collections from the improved property within the zone.

The city council’s hearings Aug. 31 will include:

·         The second public hearing on the proposed annexation of Paso Robles (Carma) Tract, Barnes Tract, and Lowman Tract at Centerpoint Road and Hunter Road.

·         A petition for a development agreement on annexation, utility services, transportation, development standards, parkland and project amenities with duties of the developer, City of San Marcos and Property Owners Association.

·         Amendment of the future land use map on 60.3 acres east of Hunter Road and south of Centerpoint Road from high density residential, open space and industrial to commercial.

·         A zoning change from Future Development/Unzoned to a PDD (Planned Development District) with the underlying base zoning for the PDD to be Mixed Use and General Commercial.  The area includes 1,338.5 acres, Area 1 located at Centerpoint Road and Hunter Road, and Area 2 located east of Hunter Road and south of Centerpoint Road.

·         A zoning change from Future Development/Unzoned to a PDD zoning classification of Mixed Use for 1,278.29 acres located at Centerpoint Road and Hunter Road.

·         A zoning change from Future Development/Unzoned to PDD zoning classification of General Commercial (GC) for 60.3 acres located east of Hunter Road and south of Center point Road.

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0 thoughts on “City to hold Paso Robles public hearings

  1. And what if, given the length, complexity, and interwovenness of agenda items for this one meeting, some pass; some are altered; or some are not acceptable to one side or another, or to the public, and just fail? Who SETS such “whole hog or none, and right now” Agendas? Realistically, we do know that there ares items and areas and details not yet fleshed out enough to be signed off by both parties–esp. since the citizenry has sort of become a “third Staff” and provided tons of material not yet digested or incorporated.

    Rubber stamps, party favors and balloons; or serious question and answer session not already scripted in talking points?

    PS: I heard in the last couple of days that the often discussed, long-ballyhooed, Pretty. Near. Perfect. “Live, eat, play” package that is the Sanctuary Lofts, is now become dysfunctional, disruptive, failing, and now bankrupt. And to think, we were all so cheered when the thing was announced (07-08?) Ah, well, it has to be a relief to see that none of the “playahs” at the Lofts are involved in bringing any other large “investment opportunities” to us.

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