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COMMENTARY by LISA PREWITT

Many of the challenges the community faces seem to be commonly shared: The desire for transportation efficiency, parking solutions, safe and stable neighborhoods, housing diversity, sustainable economic growth, preservation of culture, history and environment, and education choices that allow our youth success.

Prewitt

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.

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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.

Read more in this series

» Guest Column: San Marcos at a crossroads by LISA PREWIT
» Guest Column: Taking San Marcos from good to great by MASON MURPHY
» Guest Column: How about a little dissent on city council? by THOM PRENTICE
» Guest Column: A lifetime of service, more to come by BILL TAYLOR

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14 thoughts on “Guest Column: San Marcos at a crossroads

  1. I applaud Lisa Prewitt’s platform and activism, and wish her well. I am not inside the city limits, so I can’t vote for her. My disagreement is with her assuption that San Marcos is at a crossroads. Frankly, the crossrods came several years ago, when the City of San Marcos decided to enlsit as a subsidiery of Southwest Texas University, which we now know and “love” as Texas State University. With that name change came the ability to grow, not only with new buildings and facilities, but in student population. Almostt doubling the size in the past 20 years, the City allowed TSU to claim streets for itself,gravely compromise an already small-town traffic and parking situation, disrupting the traditionaly single-family home atmosphere, and encouraging the building of thousands of rooms in here-today-gone-tomorrow apartment-cum-dormitories. I once lived on Alamo Street (1998-99) and enjoyed shopping in San Marcos, going to restaurants and other recreational activities, but today it is more hassle than it is worth. And not just because of the unbelievable road construction. When it was time for us to build, we chose a spot in a subdivision outside of the city limits. We no longer shop in San Marcos, (except in emergencies), we go to restaurants in New Braunfels or even Austin and San Antonio, and our recreation is also done elsewhere. In short, while I laud Ms.Prewitt’s attitude, I seriously doubt that any amount of effort will preserve the San Marcos of yesteryear, or even the San Marcos of today. The University will continue to gobble up space, expanding more and more into the neighborhoods surrounding it. The City will continue to give carte blance to whatever the University wants. Citizen’s voices will be heard and ignored, as usual, and “Master Plans” will be reviewed and promptly discarded. The developers and their allies want immediate gains with little thought for the future. No, change cannot be denied, but all change is not necessarily progress. What is good for the University is not necessarily good for the people of San Marcos. Best wishes to Lisa Prewett, and good luck. She will need it.

  2. Thanks, Lisa, for bringing a balanced view of how we must come together as a city to nuture and bring prosperity and sense of home to all parts of the community.

  3. Pretending that it’s still 1975 might be fun for some people, but it isn’t a viable option for the future of this town. We need to be finding ways to improve town vs gown relations, and blaming the University for everything from traffic to the potato famine isn’t going to do that.

    Apparently you’re a business owner here in town – but you choose to take all of your business to other towns. How long do you think you would have your livelihood if everyone followed your example? Withholding patronage from local businesses seems to be a pretty bass-ackwards way to protest the University’s role in this town.

  4. Dano, no one cares what you think. You’re just an ugly troll that provides minimal entertainment to the comments section. Maybe you are Brad Rollins. He needs more subsrciptions to Mercury PRO. And there have been only positive comments thus far. Controversy sells. LOL

  5. I care Dano. Lila, let me say you bring tremendous entertainment to the comments section. Please keep it up. I always get excited when I see you’ve made a post.

  6. Oh, I’m definitely not Brad. I’m also not the one stalking message boards to post negative comments to people on topics that don’t concern me – and you also take the time for a potshot at the owner of the site while you’re here – troll indeed! Pot, meet kettle?

    And as far as no one caring what I think, I’ll leave that up to the individual reader. Maybe you should too rather than professing to speak for the masses. I’ll just say that for all your mouthiness, I don’t exactly see you winning any elections.

  7. Bob, this is going on ALL OVER Central Texas. If you don’t like the population growth do as I did. Move. And quit acting like an uneducated townie (Lila) and blaming the University. I am quite sure that whatever University that you support has a few people complaining about it

  8. Will San Marcos become another indistinguishable maze of apartment buildings, strip malls and parking lots between Austin and San Antonio? Will our older single-family neighborhoods be choked out by apartments? Could happen, but it is not inevitable– this community has the ability to choose its future. We can have growth AND maintain the integrity of single-family neighborhoods and the natural environment. San Marcos would not have the vitality and potential for greatness without its large population of university students. The university is central to our future. Let’s face it–unique neighborhoods and local businesses, the environment, and the University are the factors that make San Marcos unique. Let’s maintain and build on our unique qualities. We don’t have to sacrifice one for the other. It is our uniqueness that is the source of our economic competitiveness in central Texas. It is our uniqueness that we should protect, promote, and build upon.

  9. Well stated Phil. These false dichotomies drive me crazy. I’m not sure if it stems from ignorance or fear mongering or something else but it definitely gets in the way of constructive discussion about possible solutions to the issues facing our community.

  10. Back to Ms. Prewitt…”Predictability will ensure positive growth, attract good business and create and maintain a healthy community.” I think she nailed it…right now there seems to be no rhyme or reason on P&Z and City Council decisions. Makes it hard for people to invest in the city.

  11. My intention was not to take the focus away from Ms. Prewitt. I believe that she would agree with my prior comment and I plan to work for her election. Go Lisa!

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