COVER: The former Storey-Robinson Ranch includes Hill Country topography such a scraggy canyon and at least one relatively significant cave. City officials say the most sensitive features of the 1,369-acre property will be protected as undeveloped open space under a development agreement approved on Tuesday. The proposed Lazy Oaks Ranch subdivision would have as many as 1,750 homes under the measure. SAN MARCOS MERCURY PHOTO
by BRAD ROLLINS
A measure that lays the groundwork for a 1,750-home subdivision on the former Storey-Robinson Ranch breezed through San Marcos City Council on Tuesday.
Approved 6-1, the development agreement designates most of the 1,396-acre property off Ranch Road 12 for use as single-family residences and townhouses at densities ranging from three homes per acre to one home per 10 acres. The agreement sets aside 469 acres as drainage easements, parkland or open space, including areas around an earthen flood control dam, hills and canyons. The agreement expires after 10 years.
Jude Prather cast the lone vote in opposition with John Thomaides, typically the most skeptical council member of new development, voting in favor.