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Code SMTX Process Update

Code SMTX, the project to update the City’s land development code, continues to make progress and has moved into the approval stage. The code is a vital tool to help our fast growing city anticipate changes and shape growth in ways that preserve and enhance our community. For the last nine months, the code document has been reviewed and refined in order to ensure it’s effective at addressing priority issues, such as housing, parkland, drainage, water quality and protecting neighborhood character. Here are some highlights: This Revised Draft Code represents two and a half years of public input and a robust, iterative conversation between the City and the community on how to realize the goals of Vision San Marcos, our comprehensive plan. The City Council and Planning Commission are now taking that conversation forward through their formal process of review, recommendations and consideration for approval. Read on to learn more about those efforts.

Joint Work Sessions

Two workshops and several smaller work sessions are being conducted with the San Marcos City Council & Planning Commission to discuss the 10 major topics that received the most attention and public comments during the review of the Public Draft Code.
During these workshops and smaller work sessions, City Council & Planning Commission members are providing comments indicating what they would want to see the new code do to address each topic. A document summarizing those comments by date, topic and theme is available and will be continually updated. Staff has provided a response for each comment indicating where they are located in the code and based on one of four categorizations:
This document will form the basis and starting point for the Planning Commission and City Council's deliberation and consideration of code amendments during their regularly scheduled meetings.

New Tools for Existing Neighborhoods

Six Neighborhood Workshops were held in the Spring of 2015 providing residents an opportunity to explore what amenities are important to them, what makes it easier to get around, and what areas are most important to preserve.  Staff utilized this information, combined with the Vision established in the City's Comprehensive Plan, to create a framework and tools during the update of the City's Land Development Code, Code SMTX, that will help ensure that each neighborhood maintains its existing character, and follows development and redevelopment patterns desired by the residents. Click the map below to explore the comments and input received during the process.

What's Next for Code SMTX

In the months ahead, the community will have the opportunity to continue to review and respond to the revised draft during upcoming public hearings or by sending written comments or questions to  Following is the proposed schedule for upcoming meetings.  All dates are subject to change and the most current schedule may be found on the City's Website Here.
  • March 22, 12:00 - 6:00 p.m. - Historic District Expansion Open House @ 170 Charles Austin Dr.; Rec Hall at City Park
  • March 28, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. - Joint Work Session (Existing Neighborhoods) @ 630 E. Hopkins; Municipal Bldg. 2nd floor
  • March 31, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. - Joint Work Session (Existing Neighborhoods) @ 630 E. Hopkins; Municipal Bldg. 2nd floor
  • April 11, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. - Joint Work Session (Buffers and Transitions) @ 630 E. Hopkins; Municipal Bldg. 2nd floor
  • April 14, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. - Joint Work Session (Buffers and Transitions) @ 630 E. Hopkins; Municipal Bldg. 2nd floor
Complete Schedule

CodeSMTX Speakers Bureau

The CodeSMTX team can visit your small group or organization with a presentation tailored to your interests.  Let us know what your interested in and we'll come share the latest in the CodeSMTX process with your group.
Sign up here and we will contact you for confirmation: CodeSMTX Speakers Bureau
For more information contact the Planning Department at 512.393.8230 or email
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