San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance •  107 E. Hopkins St. Suite 121A; San Marcos, Texas 78666 •  (512)392-7457

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14
Feb

City Master Plan Update

Comprehensive master plans, land management plans, there is not shortage of opportunities to share your voice with the city. We thank you for doing so, but ask that you continue to provide input on the Dream San Marcos process. Be specific, and tell them what you want to see for San Marcos’ future.

From the City of San Marcos:

The City of San Marcos is planning to make community Dreams a Reality.

Using information gathered through citizen participation, the “Dream San Marcos” website, recent Level of Service Open Houses and other planned outreach activities, the City will initiate an extensive overhaul of the Horizons Master Plan this spring. 

The new Comprehensive Plan will incorporate transportation master planning, infrastructure recommendations and economic development as well as future land use recommendations, making it a truly Comprehensive Plan.  The process is anticipated to take approximately 18 months. 
“A key part of ensuring the plan will be a true community plan will be participation from our residents, businesses, organizations and institutions,” said Mayor Daniel Guerrero.  “San Marcos enjoys a high level of citizen involvement, and we will have many opportunities for citizens to stay involved throughout the creation and drafting of the Comprehensive Plan.”
The new Comprehensive Plan will incorporate much of the recommendations and background information from the current Horizons Master Plan, while bringing it up to date to reflect both San Marcos now and where the community wants to go in the next ten years.  Sector Plans will be incorporated into Preferred Growth Areas and Corridors as well as the overall plan.
The Dream San Marcos website will be temporarily offline for new comments as the City gears up for the Comprehensive Plan update kickoff. Previous comments will remain online in summary form.   All voting and commenting will be closed on February 14, 2012, so that the ideas and comments can be rolled into the overall community vision. 
In coming weeks, City staff will launch the public participation process with a new focus on making Dream San Marcos a reality, said Matthew Lewis, Director of Development Services.
“The new Comprehensive Plan will guide the City’s growth for the next ten years,” Lewis said.  “It will include recommendations on preserving our natural and built environment; enhancing culture and tourism; expanding business opportunities; and ensuring that growth occurs in a responsible and appropriate manner.”
The City Council, Planning & Zoning Commission and City staff will use the document to make recommendations and decisions that will shape the city.  Citizen input will be critical in helping create the document, and ensuring that it is truly a community document.  Staff anticipates creating the document mostly in-house, with assistance from local consultants.

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