San Marcos Mercury | Local News from San Marcos and Hays County, Texas

November 11th, 2013
City Hall hosting summit on population growth, development


San Marcos residents are invited to share their ideas and hear from fellow citizens regarding growth in their city at “SMTX Talks: A Constructive Conversation about Growth” from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12 at the San Marcos Activity Center.

SMTX Talks p1B

SMTX Talks will feature rapid-fire speeches by community members, as well as a luncheon with a panel of subject matter experts. Space is still available for community members to present five-minute presentations on a topic pertaining to growth in San Marcos. Those interested may sign up on the event website at

The presentations will also be streamed live at beginning at 9 a.m. Viewers are encouraged to give live feedback via Twitter using the hashtag #smtxtalks or texting their feedback to 512-763-5013. The event is free.

Following a brief wrap-up session, a panel of subject matter experts will discuss ideas in depth at a luncheon beginning at 11:30 a.m. Panelists include: Dr. Jim Gaines, Texas A&M Real Estate Center; Dr. Andy Sansom, Executive Director of The Meadows Center; Pam Guettner, San Marcos CISD’s Director of Career and Technology Education; Doug Farr, Urbanist/Architect/Author; and Terry Mitchell, Momark Development.

The luncheon will be catered by the Root Cellar, and tickets are $10 each. Tickets may be purchased on the event website, and a limited number of tickets also will be available at the door.

For more information about the event, visit or call 512-393-8430.

Email Email | Print Print


13 thoughts on “City Hall hosting summit on population growth, development

  1. So this is for all those people who aren’t at work from 8-1 will have a say so in this? What about us working citizens?

  2. I bet they discuss apartment complexes and parking issues cause they cannot seem to figure out how to utilize the businesses there who have parking already and wont hire a parking attendant for their parking lot! And the apartments, apartments and apartments OH my!! Go ahead and grow into a bunch of sloppy metal cheap looking buildings too. Good luck being heard citizens!

  3. Ho Hum, here we go again. A bunch of non-resident “experts” telling us about smart growth (more apartments) and revitalizing the downtown area (more bars).

    Same old, same old…

  4. Commenters, you didn’t have to go. If you aren’t interested in what the speakers have to say, don’t go. If the time isn’t your preferred time for meetings, don’t go. There weren’t scheduled to be any policy decisions and I am sure the City Attorney wouldn’t even let counsel email about it for fear a court somewhere might create a new category of quorum.

    I prefer programs during the day so it does not steal hours I prefer to spend with my kids, and I am employed and live locally, so you cannot paint with such a broad brush.

  5. I agree with skeptical. If attending this workshop is important to you….take some time off work to go. Don’t just complain that it isn’t quite convenient enough for you.

    We *make* time for the things that are really important to us.

  6. I believe, could be wrong, but I believe the point the comments were making is that the timing was such that people would in fact have to take time off from work, disrupt their normal activities to attend this workshop, using that word loosely, 25 minutes of presentation isn’t much.

    Given the turnout at the polls I would be shocked if more than a handful attended. It would appear that few are interested in even voting as easy as that is.

  7. If you don’t go, you’re not interested.

    If you go, you’re part of the “vocal minority” or “special interests” running roughshod over everyone else.

    There’s no pleasing the Internet.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *