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February 28th, 2012
Volunteers invited for city master plan committee

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The City of San Marcos invites residents to apply to serve on the Citizens Advisory Committee for the new comprehensive plan, a major update of the Horizons Master Plan. The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. Monday, March 12.

Interested volunteers may fill out an application available online at www.sanmarcostx.gov or from the City Clerk’s office at City Hall, 630 E. Hopkins. Residents also may request a form from cityclerk@sanmarcostx.gov, fill it out, email it back or fax it to 512.396-1576.

Each city council member will appoint three members to the Citizens Advisory Committee, anticipated at the March 20 regular meeting.

The committee will participate and advise staff, boards and commissions and the city council in the creation of the new comprehensive plan.

The next phase of comprehensive plan process will begin in the coming weeks and take about 18 months to complete. Community participation will be a major part of the process.

“We invite our residents to volunteer for this important committee,” said Mayor Daniel Guerrero. “The updating of the Horizons Master Plan to express the 21st Century hopes and dreams of our citizens will guide the most important decisions that will be made by the City in the coming years.”

Some of the major elements that will be developed by the plan include Vision and Goals, Community Overview, the Built Environment, Airport, the Natural Environment, Community Facilities, Downtown Development, Economic Development, Housing, Infrastructure, Parks and Green Corridors, Sustainable Resources, Transportation and Walkability, and the Future Land Use Plan.

“The comprehensive plan is the key tool the community uses to guide areas for preservation and parks,” said Development Services director Matthew Lewis. “It determines the locations and quality of the built environment and it governs the long term growth patterns of the city.”

The initial visioning process for the comprehensive plan update began last summer with the “Dream San Marcos” initiative in which residents were invited to share their dreams for the community.

Hundreds of residents voiced their opinions through community events, board and commission meetings, and an online interactive software that allowed residents to register their ideas, vote and comment on other ideas. The city will add an interactive site this spring as the comprehensive planning process gets underway.

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