San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance •  107 E. Hopkins St. Suite 121A; San Marcos, Texas 78666

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Greenways Need Your Voice at the San Marcos Code Rodeo

The City of San Marcos Development Services Department is inviting residents to participate in the Code Rodeo from October 23- October 29. This is the next phase of the San Marcos land development code rewrite project, and it’s your chance to help draft the details of the future code. Residents are invited to stop by any time during the day to provide input as details of the plans and code evolve. It is important to keep the natural infrastructure in mind during this rewrite, and we need you to share your voice in this support.


1. The city transportation master plan should include:

  • Identified trail corridors for future trail / greenway development
  • Cross sections for a hierarchy of trail corridors that will accommodate long term expansion of the city

2. The city should adopt a greenways master plan that includes the following:

  • Prioritized connections between various land uses current and potential, e.g. schools, businesses, neighborhoods, university, churches, community centers, cultural hubs, and identified intensity nodes.
  • Changes in land use should require dedication and or accommodation of specified greenway corridors and trails
    • Connect with the Violet Crown Trail via the Blanco River corridor
    • Extend the San Marcos River park and greenway corridor to the confluence with the Blanco River
    • Purgatory Creek corridor from the ETJ to the San Marcos River
    • Willow Springs Creek from Paso Robles to the San Marcos River
    • Sink Creek and its tributaries to Spring Lake
    • Cottonwood Creek from Paso Robles to the southern ETJ
    • Other corridors as depicted in the Preferred Scenario Map that achieve continuous greenways from the Sink Creek Corridor to Purgatory Creek and the San Marcos River.

3. Priority should be placed on establishing standards for public improvements to dedicated parkland, e.g. neighborhood access, drinking fountains, adequate parking, restroom facilities.

4. Buffers between commercial, multifamily, and residential should be utilized for greenway connectivity where possible and not maintained as isolated parcels.

5. Statements of intent for subdivision ordinances should clearly state the desire for natural areas, trail corridors


Meetings take place in the code rodeo headquarters next door to the Show Place Theater in downtown San Marcos on North LBJ. You are welcome to attend any and all of these events.

Thurs, Oct 23
6 to 9pm Public Kick-Off event @ Activity Center

Fri, Oct 24
11 to Noon Technical Mtg – Environmental Issues

Mon, Oct 27
5 to 7pm Public Open House@ LBJ location

Tues, Oct 28
10 to 11:30 am Technical Mtg – Parks & Public Facilities
3:00 to 4:30 Technical Mtg – Transportation

Wed, Oct 29
6 to 8:30 pm Public Wrap-up/Work-in-Progress Presentation @ Activity Center

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at [email protected]. We look forward to seeing you there!

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