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Participants study and comment on scenarios of growth in San Marcos during the Design Rodeo this week. The rodeo was part of the ongoing effort to update the city's comprehensive master plan for future development. PHOTO by CITY OF SAN MARCOS


The city of San Marcos’ Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee and Citizens Advisory Committee will meet 5:30 p.m. today at the Activity Center to review the preferred growth scenario resulting from the recent Design Rodeo that attracted scores of San Marcos residents.

“This last week was the culmination of many months of hard work by the community and the master plan committees,” said Bill Taylor, the Steering Committee chair. “Now that we have a conceptual plan, we can begin the process of drafting the actual document.”

The Design Rodeo held Sept 10-14 offered five days of focus groups and workshops engaging citizens, planners, experts and consultants who translated input from the community into a “preferred scenario” that will guide the next steps in the preparation of the Comprehensive Master Plan.

More than 100 participants attended focus groups, presentations and discussions and voiced their opinions on multiple mapped scenarios that illustrated where growth and development might occur over the next three decades.

Anticipating 33,000 additional residents by 2035, the Comprehensive Plan will serve as the city’s blueprint for land use and transportation, environment and sustainability, parks and facilities, neighborhoods and housing, and economic development in San Marcos.

The preferred community scenario will form the core of the comprehensive master plan and guide the Committees and planners as they develop the technical aspects of the plan.

The next steps for the Comp Plan committees in the coming month will be to review the results of the Design Rodeo, identify issues that need to be resolved, discuss the process of drafting the plan and take a look at the possible format of the final product.

After next Wednesday’s session, the next meeting of the committees is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 17.

The committees will work with planners and consultants to write and illustrate the Comprehensive Plan. The Planning and Zoning Commission will review and make recommendations on the plan before consideration and adoption by the City Council in early 2013.

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5 thoughts on “Comp plan group to review ‘preferred growth scenarios’ at meeting today

  1. As I drove south on I35 thru south Austin (just north of Slaughter) this afternoon at about 3:15PM (I don’t often go into Austin), all 3 southbound lanes slowed to a crawl with wall-to-wall cars & trucks. After about a mile of slow, speed picked up again. We never saw any reason for the slowdown. But as we poked along, my friend and I discussed that we both have the same question – why would anyone who isn’t involved in financial gain from “growth” (meaning business owners, realtors, bankers & the like) want more development & “growth? In the end, build-out brings a lower quality of life in many ways – not just in traffic problems. And once you’ve achieved build-out, decay begins to creep in. I’ve seen it in every large Texas city (but I have not lived in Houston).

  2. Don’t forget that the development takes place on private property imbued with certain rights. Just as you have the right to sell the car you were driving in while you made the observations, the owners of the land have the right to sell it for apartments, shopping centers, car dealerships or whatever the law allows. Furthermore, the people are coming. There’s no use in pretending they’re not.

  3. More growth (hopefully) means more jobs, which means no more 100 mile round trip commute and fewer people (friends) who love San Marcos moving away. That’s pretty simple.

  4. It also hopefully means more opportunity for the people who stay here.

    Personally, I don’t consider more apartments “growth,” but I do recognize the need.

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