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June 17th, 2009
Matthew Lewis joins development services staff


Matthew B. Lewis, formerly the Community Development Director for the city of Hutto, joined the city of San Marcos on June 8 as the Development Services assistant director, essentially what used to be the planning department director.

He will be responsible for overseeing the development regulations that govern the growth of San Marcos.

Lewis will work with developers and applicants to ensure that developments meet the needs of the community. He will monitor zoning, land use, and subdivision cases to achieve the regulations outlined in the code of ordinance.

He will also examine the current regulations for potential modification to achieve the City’s development goals.

Additionally Lewis will collaborate with regional agencies to match the planning efforts of San Marcos to the regional efforts.

“Matthew returns to San Marcos with a broad background in the development arena,” said Chuck Swallow, the Development Services director. “He has a great ability to look at community development from a very balanced viewpoint.”

Lewis is a 2003 graduate of Texas State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Geography and Urban and Regional Planning. He also is a graduate of San Marcos High School.

He joined the City of Hutto in 2004 as a Planner and rose through the ranks to become the Community Development Director at the end of 2006.

In Hutto, located northeast of Austin, Lewis oversaw the Department of Community Development, including Administration, Planning, Building, and Geographic Information Systems divisions.

There he created a citywide SmartCode for the city, as well as a downtown master plan. He also used the collaborative development methods, such as, the charette process to engage the public and achieve community support in creating several successful projects including a pedestrian-oriented 475-acre vertical mixed use development.

Lewis has been honored by the Texas American Planning Association in 2006 and 2008 with Planning Excellence Awards and as Community of the Year plan honoree. He also received an Outstanding Planning Award from the Student Planning Organization at Texas State University. Most recently Lewis was awarded the Community Stewardship award for the City of Hutto SmartCode by Envision Central Texas.

Lewis has conducted lectures at Texas State University planning classes, Texas Municipal League workshops and several other training sessions.

He is an active member of the Congress for the New Urbanism, American Planning Association and the Texas Municipal League and is Co-Chair on the Congress of New Urbanism Education Committee.


PHOTO: Matthew B. Lewis joins the city of San Marcos as the Assistant Director of Development Services. PHOTO by DON ANDERS

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