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SUBMITTED REPORT

The draft of the new Hays County Parks, Open Space and Natural Areas Master Plan has been completed and is available for public review through 5 p.m. Jan. 11, 2012.

The plan, which has not yet been endorsed or adopted by the commissioners court, lists priorities and goals for the parks and open space system over the next 10 years and was developed through information and ideas garnered from public meetings, public surveys, the Hays County Parks and Open Space Advisory Board and other resources.

The plan may be viewed here.

Planning began in early 2011 when a consultant hired to help guide the process held five public meetings throughout the county to receive comments from residents on desires and expectations for future parks and open space opportunities.

Hays County’s first parks and open space master plan was completed in 2002 and updates to that plan were made in 2006. The proposed plan draws on those opportunities identified in the original plan, as well as those needs voiced during the current planning process.

A copy of the proposed plan is also available for review in the Hays County Grants Administration Office during normal business hours.

Because the Grants Administration Office is among the county offices moving in December to the new Government Center, call (512) 393-2211 or email the office to arrange a time and location to see the plan.

Written comments may be emailed through Jan. 11 to Jeff Hauff, grants administrator, at Jeff.Hauff@co.hays.tx.us or mailed to Hays County Grants, Hays County Government Center, 712 South Stagecoach Trail, Suite 1204, San Marcos, Texas, 78666.

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