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The city of San Marcos will wrap up its new comprehensive plan in the next month with public hearings and action at the planning and zoning commission and city council.

The Planning and Zoning Commission will hold public hearings on the plan at its meetings on Tuesday, March 12 and Tuesday, March 26, with a vote on the plan slated at the March 26 session.

From there, the plan is scheduled to go to the city council on Tuesday, April 2 for a public hearing with a second hearing and vote on Tuesday, April 16. Commission and city council meetings are aired on television on Time Warner Channel 10 and Grande Channel 16 and video-streamed online on the city’s website, www.sanmarcostx.gov/videos.

The official plan release party is scheduled at Texas Music Theater on April 24. The public is invited to attend along with city council, planning and zoning commission and the plan committees.

“This plan will guide future growth, preservation and development for San Marcos and will be a vital resource for our entire community,” Mayor Daniel Guerrero said.

The plan contains the vision, goals and objectives that outline what the community wants for San Marcos from now until 2035. Elements cover Economic Development, Environment & Resource Protection, Land Use, Neighborhoods and Housing, Parks, Public Spaces and Facilities, and Transportation.

The creation of the comprehensive plan began in August 2011 with a visioning process using special “Dream San Marcos” community events and interactive online activities to gather community ideas and opinions, continuing through January 2012.

In March 2012 the City Council appointed the Steering Committee and Citizens Advisory Committees to provide oversight for the process and make recommendations on the plan contents.

The committees have held educational sessions, frequent workshops, public open houses, and hearings as they developed their recommendations on the plan. Last fall, they worked with city planning and development staff and consultants to hold a week-long “Design Rodeo” with extensive public participation to create a blueprint for where and how San Marcos would grow in the future.

The committees have developed vision statements, goals and objectives that have provided the substance of the new Comprehensive Plan.

The final steps will be public hearings and recommendations by the Planning and Zoning Commission followed by hearings, consideration and final adoption by the city council.

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