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The city of San Marcos will host two public Dream Session workshops to provide citizens an opportunity to help lay the groundwork for the new Comprehensive Master Plan on Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Texas Music Theater at 120 E. San Antonio Street.

“Dream San Marcos started some important discussions, and we want to carry those ideas forward as we start the Comprehensive Plan Process” said Matthew Lewis, the city’s Development Services director. “This is one of many opportunities for citizens to be involved in drafting our future plan for the community.”

Workshop participants will take part in hands-on activities and work with members of the Comprehensive Plan Steering and Citizen’s Advisory Committees to help shape the Plan’s vision. In June, the San Marcos City Council will approve the guiding vision for the Comprehensive Master Plan.

Steering Committee Members include: Chair Bill Taylor, Vice Chair Donna Hill, Mayor Daniel Guerrero, Hays County Commissioner Debbie Ingalsbe, council member John Thomaides, council member Ryan Thomason, Commissioner Chris Wood, Dan Stauffer, Joe Cox, Nancy Nusbaum and Rosina Valle.

Citizens Advisory Committee Members include: Chair Jane Hughson, Co-Vice Chair Betsy Robertson, Co-Vice Chair Lisa Prewitt, Angie Ramirez, Anna Carbajal, Billy Lee Windham, Bob J. Sappington, David Case, Debbie Harvey, Dianne Wassenich, Fraye Stokes, James Garber, Jenny McGinty, Jim Pendergast, Kate McCarty, Kevin Carswell, Nancy Moore, Rebecca Ybarra-Ramirez, Rodney Van Oudekerke, Shawn Ash and Tom Roach.

At their April 17 meeting, City Council will discuss appointment of alternates to the Citizens Advisory Committee. Over 40 individual applications for the committee were received prior to the April 3 selection process.

Citizens, business owners, students and stakeholders are encouraged to attend a Dream Session workshop and to invite friends and neighbors. For more information, contact Development Services at 393.8230 or email

Since August 2011, city staff members met with dozens of community groups and posed questions on the city website inviting residents to express their hopes and dreams about the future of San Marcos. The feedback will help guide major revisions in the city’s Comprehensive Master Plan, which will guide development, infrastructure, zoning and the growth of San Marcos.

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