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Future of front-line P&Z will be decided in large degree by its three new members. 

January 22nd, 2014
New appointments could tilt P&Z majority


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:

Matthew Champion

Owner, Chambers Contractors

Christopher Dupont

Owner, Dupont Cabinetry & Design

Saul Gonzales

Maintenance engineer, Central Texas Medical Center

James Garber

Anthropology professor, Texas State University

Jane Hughson

Business process analyst, Texas State University; former city council member

Kate McCarty

Journalist, educator

Brian Olson

Owner, Premier Cuts

Amy Stanfield

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.


Application forms submitted by eight P&Z nominees [pdf]

Complete list of San Marcos board and commission vacancies [pdf]

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