Project Overview

The City of San Marcos has been among the fastest growing cities in the nation for cities with a population of over 50,000 people. Our growth has brought new opportunities, as well as challenges. In 2013, the City adopted the “Vision San Marcos Comprehensive Plan” which envisions "A city of bold dreams, recognized for our unparalleled natural beauty, ancient cultural heritage, dynamic university, town character, and crystal clear flowing river."

Vision San Marcos guides where future growth will occur and helps us anticipate changes and shape growth in an effective, orderly manner that is consistent with the desires of the community. However, to fully realize the Vision, we need to update our Land Development Code. The Code contains our rules for development and regulates the use of land, thereby determining the “look and feel” of our city. The Code is an essential tool for applying and implementing the priorities established in Vision San Marcos. Unfortunately, our current Code is not living up to the needs of our fast-growing City and doesn’t offer the modern tools we need to achieve our vision. 

Vision San Marcos - Preferred Scenario Map

Preferred Scenario Map

Project Goals

  • Move away from a One-Size-Fits-All Code Approach - Our current Land Development Code provides the same regulations for development types whether they are on IH35 or Old Ranch Road 12. We need a Code that works to create desired development patterns in different areas of the city.
  • Create a User-Friendly, Modern Code - Our current Code is text-based and limited in the types of tools that are used to regulate development. We need a graphics-based, easy-to-understand and navigate Code that improves transparency and predictability for neighbors, businesses and the development community.