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The public draft of the new land development code was released for comment on May 27, 2016.  Since that time we have:
  • Received over 1,000 comments on the draft code through Open Comment and reviewed those comments with the Think Tank;
  • Reviewed a comparative model of the current and proposed code with the Think Tank
  • Hosted a public open house and survey, where we gathered input on the draft code;
  • Held a City Council Workshop and panel discussion exploring some of the challenges and solutions for housing and affordability in San Marcos, and;
  • Tested the code by running potential projects through the current and proposed code - "Hacking the Code"
The public review phase of Code SMTX has provided valuable feedback to improve the code and shape the next steps to produce a revised draft.

Developing a Revised Draft

The revisions draft of the code will include a log of all proposed changes based on:
1) Comments received on the draft, through surveys, open houses, and workshops
2) Feedback from the Comparative Modeling
3) Results of the "Hacking the Code" sessions
All proposed changes to the code will be tracked and logged as follows:

Timeline and Next Steps

In the months ahead, advisory committees and policy makers will consider the input received on the draft and the major topic areas identified for improvement. Upcoming Planning Commission and City Council workshops will provide guidance on the revised draft and the development of the final draft of the code.
  • October 12 - Think Tank Meeting- Hack the Code: 6PM @ Activity Center
  • October 18 - City Council - Update on Code SMTX
  • October 18 - City Council - Draft Short Term Rental standards
  • October 25 - Planning Commission - Update on Code SMTX
  • December - Revised Draft and Change Log is released
  • Jan/Feb - Planning Commission Workshop
  • Jan/Feb - City Council Workshop 
  • March/April - Final Draft to Planning Commission 
  • March/April - Final Draft to City Council
SAVE THE DATE: October 25; Strong Towns is coming to San Marcos for a day long event; watch for more information soon

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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