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Monday, February 27th, 2012

City may come to buyer’s table for downtown properties

The San Marcos City Council has its eyes on five prime downtown properties, four of which are owned by Hays County and one by the United States Postal Service.

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

City commits downtown tax revenue to redevelopment

The city of San Marcos and Hays County have laid the groundwork to redevelop the former Hays County Justice Center and pay for other big-ticket capital projects anticipated downtown, including a planned commuter rail station.

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

City seeks public input on SmartCode architectural standards

The City of San Marcos will hold the first of a series of public meetings to discuss adding architectural standards to the downtown development code on Tuesday, Oct. 18 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. and from 7-8 p.m. at...

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Council candidates tangle about building at debate

San Marcos City Council candidates expressed clear differences of opinion about development issues at last week's League of Women voters debate. Challenger David Newman and incumbent Kim Porterfield also went back and forth about Austin Community College...

Friday, August 13th, 2010

Swallow resigns after city rejects ethics complaint

San Marcos Director of Development Services Chuck Swallow resigned Wednesday, one day after the city's ethics commission turned back his complaint that Councilmember Fred Terry sent him lewd emails and the husband of Mayor Susan Narvaiz caused...

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

SmartCode still in the air as P&Z holds out for time

San Marcos city staffers continue to defend the proposed SmartCode for downtown in the face of skepticism from developers and citizens. Meanwhile, the Planning and Zoning Commission, caught in the middle, wants to wait until the agenda...

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

P&Z delays 'SmartCode' approval until late July

After two dozen San Marcos residents spoke against quick adoption of form-based development codes Tuesday night, the Planning and Zoning Commission agreed to postpone advancing the issue to the city council until July 27.

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

P&Z to address SmartCode

The San Marcos Planning and Zoning Commission will evaluate the proposed "SmartCode" for downtown Tuesday night. The code establishes zoning standards based on preferred and consistent historic patterns, rather than building uses only.

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

City nears adopting form-based downtown development codes

The San Marcos City Council will soon consider an ordinance to adopt form-based development codes for downtown and the surrounding neighborhoods. The city has released a draft form of the codes.

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

San Marcos officials announce downtown ‘charrette’

San Marcos officials are holding a series of public meetings next week to work on a downtown redevelopment code. The four-day "charrette" is supposed to lead to a specific downtown development code, or “SmartCode” that folds zoning,...

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