admin

Jan 182012
 

The City Council tonight voted 4-3 against approving the Sessom Creek development! Council members Thomason, Prather, and Becak voted in favor of the rezoning, while Thomaides, Scott, Porterfield and Mayor Guerrero voted against. More info can be found on statesman.com.

Update 1/118: Here’s an article from the San Marcos Mercury about the vote: http://smmercury.com/52807/hundreds-pack-city-hall-to-fight-rezoning/

After the motion to approve failed, Council member John Thomaides made a motion to deny, which would have stopped the project for one year. However, no one else would second the motion and the developer subsequently withdrew the rezoning request. So, they may bring up a modified request in the near future.

So what happens next? It’s unclear for now, but we’ll update this place when we know more.

 Posted by at 12:50 am
Jan 172012
 

San Marcos City Council Regular Meeting

Tuesday January 17, 2012 6PM

Council Chambers

630 E. Hopkins Street

There will be a public hearing on the Sessom Creek development tonight at the City Council meeting. The meeting starts at 6PM, but the public hearing is currently scheduled for 7PM. You can find the single-page agenda and the entire agenda packet at the city’s website.

We need everyone to come to City Hall tonight and voice your opinions on the rezoning of this land from single-family to mixed use. Everyone should get a chance to speak for three minutes. Speak from the heart and let our elected officials know how their constituents feel about the rampant rezoning of single-family neighborhoods in our city!

Be there tonight!

 Posted by at 12:04 pm
Jan 132012
 

Next Tuesday, January 17, 2012, the San Marcos City Council will vote on whether to approve the rezoning of the land atop Sessom Creek and to approve the Casey development plan to build an apartment complex on the land.

If you haven’t done so yet, please sign the petition. And get everyone you know to sign it as well. Then bring it with you to the council meeting on Tuesday.

After you’ve done that, please write an email to the council members and let them know how the voters of this city feel about the issue. Although the development passed 5-2 in the P&Z vote, it will require a supermajority of 6-1 in order to pass in city council. A few council members are up for reelection this year. They might be very interested in what their constituents have to say.

Here are the email addresses of the council members for your convenience:

City Council Members

Mayor – Daniel Guerrero, dguerrero@sanmarcostx.gov
Place 1 – Kim Porterfield, kporterfield@sanmarcostx.gov
Place 2 – Jude Prather, jprather@sanmarcostx.gov
Place 3 – John Thomaides, jtcitycouncil@gmail.com
Place 4 – Wayne Becak, wbecak@sanmarcostx.gov
Place 5 – Ryan Thomasson, rthomason@sanmarcostx.gov
Place 6 – Shane Scott, sscott@sanmarcostx.gov
City Council as a whole – Mayor_Council_Info@sanmarcostx.gov

See you at the city council meeting on Tuesday!

 Posted by at 5:56 pm
Jan 132012
 

A petition is being circulated regarding the opposition to rezoning our single-family neighborhoods for apartments, especially in environmentally sensitive areas. As of Tuesday night there were about 200 signatures. Wouldn’t it be great if we showed up at the city council meeting next week with 10 times that many?

You can download the petition here. Print it out, sign it, get your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, church, golf-buddies, everybody you see to sign it, and bring it to the city council meeting on Tuesday, Jan 17th. If you can’t make it to the meeting, send us an email at protectsmtx@protectsmtx.org and we will come by and pick it up for you. Or you can scan it back in and email it back to us!

Let our elected officials know that we want all rezoning in our neighborhoods stopped. Sign the petition now!

 Posted by at 5:39 pm
Jan 102012
 

The San Marcos P & Z voted tonight, January 10, 2012, to approve the Sessom Creek development. The motion to approve passed with a 5-2 vote, despite the large number of citizens voicing their opposition to the project.

The city council will hear about the project next week, Tuesday January 17th.  We need everybody to show up and be heard. Let your elected officials know that San Marcos citizens want to protect its river and its neighborhoods!

 Posted by at 10:05 pm
Jan 092012
 

Planning & Zoning Commission Regular Meeting

Tuesday, January 10, 2012, 6:00 PM

Council Chambers

630 E. Hopkins Street

Haven’t we been here before? The Sessom Creek development has come back to the P & Z for approval tonight January 10, 2012 at 6PM. Links to the one page agenda and the full agenda packet are on the city’s website. Recall that the last time this issue came up for a vote, there was a 4-4 split causing no recommendation sent to the city council. The city council sent the issue back to P&Z, but now the makeup of the commission has changed slightly.

Sherwood Bishop completed his term at the end of 2011, and Corey Carothers will take over his seat tomorrow. Bishop cast one of the  4 votes against the approval of the Sessom Creek development, so Commissioner Carothers’s vote will be very important.

Here is the contact info for everybody on the commission. Please send them your thoughts on the Sessom Creek development and let them know how the community feels about the rampant encroachment of multi-use developments into our single-family neighborhoods:

Bill Taylor , Chair – bill@btainsurance.com
Bucky Couch, Vice Chair – buckycouch@gmail.com
Curtis O. Seebeck – curtis@builtbydoc.com
Randy Bryan – netchecks@gmail.com
Chris Wood – chriswood2@gmail.com
Kenneth Ehlers – kenneth@kerhomes.com
Travis Kelsey – taproomtexas@hotmail.com
Corey Carothers – coreycarothers@gmail.com
Entire Commission – Planning_Info@sanmarcostx.gov

Here are the latest documents and site plans for the Sessom Creek development:

PDD Document
Site Plan 1
Site Plan 2

And here is a map of all of the recent multi-family developments in San Marcos. This includes completed projects as well as those under construction and those in the planning stages.

So, please come to the P&Z meeting tonight. There is no public hearing, so if you want to speak you must sign up before 5:45PM. The citizen comment period only lasts 30 minutes, so not everybody will get a chance to speak. So, sign up as early as possible to ensure your chances. You know that the developers will! Even if you don’t want to speak, please be there. The presence of hundreds of citizens in the council chambers will speak volumes to the commissioners!

 Posted by at 4:13 pm
Jan 022012
 

Please attend the City Council Meeting Tuesday January 3, 2012 at 6PM.  It will probably be a long one, but it is important for all of us to be informed and to speak up!

While the Sessom Creek development will not be discussed (see below), there will be a public hearing on the abandonment of an easement bordering the Chestnut Lofts development nearby. This development has been approved for awhile but it is important to voice our concerns to the city about the danger these developments pose to the river.

Next Tuesday January 10, 2012 will be the next Planning and Zoning commission meeting. The Sessom Creek development will be on the agenda once again. Please be there and voice your comments to the commission!

 Posted by at 3:50 pm
Dec 302011
 

In case you missed it before, The San Marcos River Foundation (SMRF) commissioned an engineer to review the proposed Sessom Creek development plans and determine what effects it may have on the river. Dr. Lauren Ross of Glenrose Engineering performed the review and her full report can be downloaded here. Here is the report’s conclusion:

In summary, the proposed Planned Development District would significantly contribute to increased storm flows, stream bank erosion, and pollution from the site into Sessom Creek. The effect of these changes would not be fully mitigated by terms in the proposed Planned Development District entitlement agreement. Because of the size of the development, its high impervious cover, and its location in a sensitive headwaters area, and its location on and adjacent to steeply-sloping land, the potential likelihood of erosion, flooding and water quality degradation is correspondingly high. Neither State of Texas nor City of San Marcos regulations, nor the proposed development agreement require mitigation of these consequences.

If you want to show your appreciation for all of the work that SMRF does in protecting our river, you can head over to www.sanmarcosriver.org and donate money or volunteer your time.

 Posted by at 4:05 pm
Dec 302011
 

I am so grateful for so many gifts of life as this year ends and 2012 begins!

The welling up of “community” has been one of the greatest Joys to witness and be a part of. This letter I got this morning from Lee, and it says it all with such Heartfelt Words–it inspires me on to Shine with the Stars Lighting All around me.

Thank you! ALL!! Nancy

 

Hi, Thought of sending an encouragement to act, since we aren’t having meetings yet. ~ Lee A. Cantu

 

Dear friends of the Sacred Springs,

Before the Thanksgiving holidays we had our last official meeting and I’d voiced a need to stay focused on SSA. Then I saw that the springs are directly linked to Sessom Creek project because the creek watershed drains directly into the waters below Spring Lake. It’s all part of the same system, so this may seem overwhelming with of all the proposed growth in this area. It’s all part of the Edwards Aquifer recharge system and is protected by EAA. So take heart, there are alternatives to destroying the springs and their eco-systems. Other places have viable waterways and strive to keep them that way, like N. Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.

This is not a statement against commerce but a plea for the river and the springs that feed her. Yes, water is a natural resource, but let’s not use it so that we might use it up. Let’s remember that it’s a finite source and not an infinite one. There are areas like S. Carolina and Colorado where they expect water shortages to be statewide by 2013. According to the city of Aspen, Co. Clean water sight, “As development increases, more area is paved and less rainwater can soak into the ground. This creates more storm water which carries pollutants to our waterways. Any activities that can create storm water pollution must be prevented or minimized. “ This sounds familiar from recent council meetings, where people sighted a need to preserve our ecology. It’s familiar to me because I was here in the flood of 1998 living on the Martindale Dam. Much of San Marcos was flooded too but this is where we took refuge. Please let’s help each other; beauty and money don’t h

ave to be mutually exclusive. Let’s find a way that we can make this a win/win situation. There are video games that people have created to overcome disease and save lives. Let’s create a game that can save the river, call it WildSprings.com, or if you have a better title suggest it. Speak out for the springs/river, even if you are not from San Marcos and only plan to be here a few years. Speak out because it matters, because your voice matters and you can be a resource for nature. We are connected to the earth and the waters as they flow through this town. Your voice matters let it be heard, please protect the springs now, today! Try searching Travis Audubon, sierraclub.org, natureconservancy.org, or any other sight you have read about harmony between nature and people. Then focus on possibility not fear and limitation.

We can protect nature and continue to survive, even thrive in its presence. Let us be a presence for nature and for a secure and safe future for all of us. Write to the council members, news papers, Austin Ecological Services – in less than one week the San Marcos city council votes on Planning and Zoning changes. Let them know how you feel. This is the time to let your voice be heard.

Love and light, Lee

The life I touch for good or ill will touch another life, and that in turn another, until who knows where the trembling stops or in what far place my touch will be felt. ~ Frederick Buechner

Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilites become limitless. ~ Jamie Paolinetti