Quality of Life and Sense of Place

Two female friends dancing at Music on the Square in Downtown San Marcos.

The City of San Marcos cultivates a community that promotes inclusivity, equity, and belonging; has a unique sense of place due to our distinct natural, historical, and cultural assets; and commits to a healthy quality of life for families of all types.

Outcome Statement: Complete and utilize the City’s Comprehensive Plan and other master plans as our guiding principles for decision-making.

I. Adopt and Implement the Comprehensive Plan

  • In January 2024 City Council will consider an Outreach Campaign to gather input on VisionSMTX++ with Council Amendments. Staff estimates the adoption date will occur summer 2024.

II. Ensure Master Plans Align with the Current Comprehensive Plan

  • The Downtown Area Plan was approved by City Council on November 6, 2023. As a next step staff will develop an implementation report. 
  • The Water Master Plan was updated in 2020. Wastewater Master Plan update will be made available once Comprehensive Plan data is finalized.  The Stormwater Master Plan will be presented to City Council in the upcoming months.  The Transportation Master Plan will be funded in FY 2025.    

The following are in process or will commence in 2024: 

  • Dunbar & Heritage Neighborhood Area Plan: postponed by Planning and Zoning Commission November 14, 2023. A subcommittee was established to examine additional outreach strategies and will provide feedback to staff. 
  • Blanco Gardens Area Plan: in its final stages, this plan will be placed on hold until the Comprehensive Plan is adopted. This is based on P&Z’s desire to ensure all Area Plans align with the adopted Comprehensive Plan. 
  • North of Campus Area Plan: progress on this plan has slowed, however staff will continue to work toward a final draft which can be presented after adoption of the Comprehensive Plan. 
  • East Village (previously Second City Center): This plan was rebranded in VisionSMTX+. Progress on this plan has slowed, however staff will continue to work toward a final draft which can be presented after adoption of the Comprehensive Plan. 
  • South of Downtown Area Plan: kickoff will occur in 2024. 
  • Historic Preservation Plan: consultant will be selected in early 2024   
  • Strategic Housing Action Plan: City Council gave prior direction to kickstart outreach and update portions of the plan where data is available. This engagement will start following adoption of the Comprehensive Plan and Area Plans. 
  • CM Allen Parkway Study: City Council gave prior direction to study this area separate from the Downtown Area Plan. Staff will seek assistance from a consultant for this sensitive area study following adoption of the Comprehensive Plan and Area Plans.