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December 3rd, 2014
San Marcos council names new planning and zoning commissioner

COVER: Opponents of a proposed mixed-used, luxury mid-rise in Texas State’s North Campus area line up to speak at a planning and zoning commission public hearing in May 2013. Lisa Prewitt, third from the left, was elected to the city council later that year; Jim Garber, second from the left, was appointed a planning commissioner on Tuesday. MERCURY PHOTO by JON SHAPLEY.


Texas State University anthropology professor James Garber, who has emerged in recent years as an affable and articulate critic of a series of proposed real estate developments, was appointed Tuesday night to the San Marcos Planning and Zoning Commission.

Nominated by council member Shane Scott, Garber won backing from council members members John Thomaides, Lisa Prewitt and Jane Hughson, the last of whom resigned her planning and zoning commission seat last month after being elected to the council. Mayor Daniel Guerrero and members Jude Prather and Ryan Thomason voted instead for Christopher Shawn Dupont, who owns a Maxwell cabinetry shop.

Moments later, Hughson nominated Scott to represent the city council on the board of the Greater San Marcos Partnership, the public-private organization charged with recruiting and retaining employers to cities along the Interstate 35 and Texas 130 corridors in Hays and Caldwell counties. Scott will take the board seat formerly held by council member Wayne Becak, who lost his bid for re-election to Hughson in the November municipal election.

The city is allocated three of 23 seats on the Greater San Marcos Partnership’s board of directors. The other two are held by Guerrero and City Manager Jared Miller.

The council typically makes board and commission appoints in January except when seats open up unexpectedly as in the case of this year’s election which resulted directly in the partnership board vacancy and indirectly in the planning and zoning commission vacancy.

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