COMMENTARY by LISA PREWITT
I have owned and operated a residential landscape design business for eighteen years in San Marcos. I attended the university here, married here, and raised my four children here. Throughout the years of building my business in San Marcos, I have been privileged to meet many fascinating and hard working people in our community and learn the richness of the culture and history and understand what they value most in our city. I am a member of the Heritage Association of San Marcos, Greenbelt Alliance, and San Marcos River Foundation. I am presently serving as chair of the Economic and Development Subcommittee of the San Marcos Watershed Initiative.
I became involved in local politics as a vice chair of the Citizens Advisory Committee that shepherded the new Comprehensive Master Plan, “Vision San Marcos, A River Runs Though Us.” The plan was adopted in April and was created entirely by members of our diverse and passionate community. As a result of this highly charged experience, I have come to believe that our city has reached a crossroads where growth and preservation must be carefully balanced to preserve our long-term vitality.
I believe it is time for me to give back to my community and stand in support of the citizens of this city in the interest of long-term sustainable growth and quality of life.
At the same time we are embracing growth, it is crucial that we protect one of the most valuable assets, the San Marcos River, which is the heart of our community. It is what brought people to San Marcos as far back as 13,000 years ago. San Marcos is the oldest continuously inhabited place in the North Americas. The river should be protected so it can continue as one of the most vital natural resources we have, as well as economic advantages.
We are proud to be the home of Texas State University, which offers jobs for our residents and educates the future workforce of our community. As the university and our city continue to expand, it is vital that the city of San Marcos continues to strengthen city and university partnerships.
Once elected, I will focus on implementation of the Comprehensive Master Plan that was created by the citizens of this community. I will work hard to ensure the Land Development Code is updated and that all other departmental master plans are developed or updated to coordinate and reflect the intent of the Master Plan. This includes supporting our city staff as they complete these vital documents. Predictability will ensure positive growth, attract good business and create and maintain a healthy community. I will also work hard to ensure continuation of the high level of basic city services and promotion of public spaces, the arts and natural areas to enhance our community.
We now have a clear vision of what our community wants. As a city council member, I will work passionately, collaboratively, and fairly to carry out that vision.
LISA PREWITT is a candidate for San Marcos City Council Place 1. City council contenders are invited to write a guest column introducing their candidacy. Send guest submissions to the editor by email here.
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