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Zoning for Character Workshops

There are four different opportunities to attend the workshop including:  
San Marcos Activity Center - Multi-Purpose Room
August 19: 2 - 4pm
August 19: 6 - 8pm
San Marcos Activity Center - Room 2
August 20: 2 - 4pm
August 20: 6 - 8pm
The City of San Marcos has been working with residents, a nine member citizen committee, and a team of consultants since last year to update the City’s Land Development Code. The next step of the process is to develop character based zoning districts and regulating plans that will help ensure that the character of future development is aligned with the City’s comprehensive plan, Vision San Marcos. 
During the Zoning for Character workshop, property owners and residents will begin exploring the regulatory framework proposed for the six Vision San Marcos Intensity Zones established in the recently adopted Comprehensive Plan.  The Workshops will provide property owners and residents an opportunity to learn additional details about the code, ask questions of City staff and the consultant team, and give input on issues that are important to consider as the code is developed. Each of the workshops will have the same format but are being offered at different times and locations to create more opportunities for people to attend. 
Watch this video to see what the City of El Paso has done to establish a similar vision in their Community

What are Regulating Plans and Why are they Important?

Regulating Plans establish the development standards in both words and diagrams for a specific geographical location.  Regulating Plans contribute to creating a more predictable built environment based on community desires. The Intensity Zones established during the Comprehensive Plan are intended to accommodate the City's growing population in well-planned areas where people can meet their daily needs within a short walk, bike, transit trip, or drive. The Comprehensive Plan envisioned the Midtown High Intensity Zone as: 

"A high-density mixed use area, possibly the densest area in San Marcos, with housing for many household types.  Midtown residents will have easy access to services, city facilities, the university, and the San Marcos River.  The area will complement, not compete with, Downtown.  Due to the lack of historically significant structures, more contemporary architecture will be appropriate.  This architecture will differentiate Midtown from Downtown."
Next Steps:
The process for establishing each of the six Intensity Zone Regulating Plans includes:
  • August 2015 - Zoning for Character Workshop
  • September 2015 - Joint City Council and Planning Commission Workshop
  • November 2015 - Public Open House and Presentation
For more information contact the Planning Department at 512.393.8230 or email
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