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San Marcos residents will have an opportunity to give their ideas at a Comprehensive Master Plan open house Jan. 23 at the San Marcos Activity Center from 3-7 p.m. PHOTO by DON ANDERS/CITY OF SAN MARCOS

San Marcos residents will have an opportunity to give their ideas at a Comprehensive Master Plan open house Jan. 23 at the San Marcos Activity Center from 3-7 p.m. PHOTO by DON ANDERS/CITY OF SAN MARCOS

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Residents are invited to offer their comments on the final stages of creating the Comprehensive Master Plan at an open house 3-7 p.m. Jan. 23 at the San Marcos Activity Center.

“We have had great participation from the community throughout this process,” said Bill Taylor, who chairs the plan’s steering committee. “As we near completion of the plan, this open house provides an opportunity to review the preferred scenario map, as well as the vision, goals and objectives for the plan.”

The open house will be a come-and-go event with displays of the preferred scenario map, as well as the vision, goals and objectives. Committee members and City staff will be available to answer questions and receive residents’ suggestions.
The Comp Plan process began by developing a vision for the city’s future growth and development. Then goals were approved by City Council.

Now, the Citizen Advisory and Steering Committees are drafting objectives that will identify specific tasks that need to be accomplished to realize those goals. The Comprehensive Plan, now known as “Vision San Marcos: A River Runs Through Us”, has been created, updated and scrutinized by the best experts – San Marcos citizens.

Outreach initiatives both online and in person have produced innovative ideas and encouraged successful collaboration. Over the summer, committees and citizens worked together to map out where the projected 33,000 new residents would live in San Marcos. Known as the Growth and Preservation Allocation exercise, these maps helped the Citizen Advisory and Steering Committees visualize what the growth would mean for the city.

During the week-long Design Rodeo in September, the Growth and Preservation maps were put under another layer of review by subject area experts and the public. The outcome was a comprehensive map known as the Preferred Scenario that identified where future development, transportation networks and open space would be located in the city.

“The committees have been working long hours drafting objectives to achieve the vision and goals and to support the preferred scenario created by the public during the design rodeo,” said Jane Hughson, chair of the Citizens Advisory Committee. “We are looking forward to discussing them with the community and hearing their thoughts and ideas.”

The committees will get their chance to hear residents’ thoughts and ideas not only during the open house, but also when they visit with groups around town during the Speakers Bureau Presentations. For the complete calendar of events and other information regarding the Vision San Marcos plan and process, visit the planning process’s website here or send an email here.

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» San Marcos Comprehensive Plan approved goals (Aug. 2012)

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