Three upcoming vacancies on the San Marcos Planning & Zoning Commission have the potential to transform the body’s prevailing politics after more than a decade firmly in the hands of pro-growth appointees.
Three planning commissioners’ current terms expire in February including those of chair Bill Taylor and vice chair Carter Morris, two of the body’s most effective advocates of restraint in using the power of City Hall to obstruct new development. Taylor and planning commissioner Randy Bryan are prohibited by the City Charter from serving more than two consecutive terms; Morris did not seek re-appointment.
Eight people have applied so far to fill the three P&Z vacancies:
|Owner, Chambers Contractors|
|Owner, Dupont Cabinetry & Design|
|Maintenance engineer, Central Texas Medical Center|
|Anthropology professor, Texas State University|
|Business process analyst, Texas State University; former city council member|
|Owner, Premier Cuts|
|Business director, Texas State Optical; president, San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce|
During a regular meeting last night, San Marcos city council members decided to extend the application deadline until Feb. 7, both for Planning & Zoning Commission and 75 positions on 19 other appointed boards and commissions ranging from the Airport Commission to the Zoning Board of Adjustments.