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San Marcos: City Adds Amendment For Mixed-Use Community Development

Feature Photo: The entrance to the La Cima community development located in the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction. Image:  Google Earth/VBX graphic.

Posted 12-9-2020

by Art Benavidez

San Marcos (Hays County) — The Planning and Zoning Commission approved a concept plan amendment for a 2,427.87-acre mixed-use community development at their meeting Tuesday.

The property, known as La Cima, is located west of the intersection of Old Ranch Road 12 and Wonder World Drive in the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction.

The development agreement allows for a maximum of 2,800 residential dwelling units, along with commercial development, through 15 phases of the project. 

City water and wastewater will be extended through the development that will allow for infrastructure improvements including off site wastewater upgrades, as well as a water booster pump and an onsite water storage tank. 

The developer is also extending West Centerpoint Road through the development and dedicating a 45.83-acre right-of-way that will extend to Hunter Road. 

The original concept plat for La Cima was approved in 2016. It was in the process of being amended after the first revision in 2018 to the development agreement to include newly acquired property, according to city documents.

However, during that process, the developer, Austin based developer Lazy Oaks Ranch, paused the review of the concept plat amendment in order to bring forward additional amendments to the overall development agreement. 

The city approved those amendments in August 2020. Thus far, Phase I and II consisting of residential homes within the project have already been completed.

Austin based architects RVi provided the following specs for the proposed community features:

  • Other ROW 34.5 (34.5 acres)
  • Phase II amenity Center (6.5 acres)
  • An elementary school (15.10 acres)
  • An elevated storage tank (0.60 acres)
  • A Hays County Park (89.084)
  • Habitat Conservation Preserve (700 acres)
  • Parks, open spaces, landscape buffers (277.40 acres)
  • Commercial campus (143 acres)

The civil engineering Austin office of Doucet & Associates represented the development before the city.


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About the Author:

Art Benavidez (Construction News Reporter, Central Texas) is a seasoned journalist with over 15-years of experience in writing breaking news and in-depth features at the local level. He honed his research and reporting skills in newspapers and magazines throughout South and West Texas along with expertise in crafting digital content as Managing Editor of New Image Marketing Research Corporation. Benevidez is a Texas native and graduate of UT-RGV.

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