This page includes information about San Marcos' current Comprehensive Plan. For information regarding the Vision SMTX Comprehensive Plan Rewrite, please visit https://www.visionsmtx.com/.
Vision San Marcos: A River Runs Through Us was adopted by the City of San Marcos City Council on April 16, 2013 following over a year of public outreach and involvement. The Adopting Ordinance (PDF)included interim guides for immediate use of the plan and comparison table which linked the Plan to the City's existing codes.
Vision San Marcos differs in style and content from other Comprehensive Plans. The Plan (PDF) itself is a concise document created for every day users with summaries of technical reports and maps (PDF). Full technical reports and other background information is found in the Addendum (PDF).
The Preferred Scenario Map (PDF) is a graphic representation of the compilation of responses received during a series of public workshops including the design rodeo. (Vision page 68)
The plan uses a framework of Vision, Goals and Objectives. The Vision Statements within the plan are a result of extensive outreach and are meant to paint a picture of the future of San Marcos. They are a statement of community values and aspirations for the future. The Goal Statements outline the general needs to achieve the visions. The Committees outlined objectives are specific, measurable and achievable actions required to reach the goals. (Vision page 33)
Land Use Suitability Map
The Land Use Suitability Map or development constraint map involves overlaying layers of information in a GIS environment such as soils, floodplains, slopes, and elevation data in order to help determine which areas are better suited for future development.
Economic Development Goals and Objectives (PDF): We envision San Marcos with economic, educational and cultural opportunities that develop a stronger middle class and grow our local economy. We foresee a vibrant community that strategically leverages the University and all available community assets to support environmentally sustainable industry, technological excellence, local business development and the arts.
Land Use Goals and Objectives (PDF): We envision San Marcos as a community with balanced and diverse land uses that expand our lifestyle choices while protecting and enriching our historical, cultural and natural resources.
Parks, Public Spaces and Facilities Goals and Objectives (PDF): We envision San Marcos with safe and attractive parks, public spaces and facilities which provide a range of amenities and experiences. We envision a connected system of parks and natural areas that focus on our unique cultural and environmental heritage.