Q&A: Matthew Lewis

According to Matthew Lewis, director of Development Services, an estimated 33,000 people will move to San Marcos by 2035. Lewis discusses how the rapid growth will affect everything from housing to transportation, and how the City of San Marcos plans to accommodate for the increase in citizens.

MG: What changes need to be made in the city’s infrastructure to accommodate for its growth?

ML: What we’re doing right now is updating the Comprehensive Master Plan and allocating the population to appropriate areas as determined by the citizens of San Marcos. After that Comprehensive Master Plan, what we’ll do is go back and realign our Capital Improvement Program to make sure infrastructure goes in the appropriate growth areas.

A River Runs 'Dry'

City parks will have new rules and a new atmosphere under an ordinance limiting alcohol use on premises.

The ordinance, which went into effect Jan. 1, bans public consumption or display of alcohol in city parks. Park patrons are allowed to have alcohol in the water and rented areas such as pavilions. Plastic foam products, including coolers, ice chests and cups will also be prohibited.

The ban in San Marcos parks is similar to the highly publicized New Braunfels “can ban.” Disposable containers are now impermissible in the Guadalupe and Comal River parks within the city limits under the can ban.

Cape's Camp soon to become student housing


Residents voiced their concerns through emails, petitions and during the November elections, but it was not enough to convert the largest undeveloped property on the San Marcos River into parkland.

City council members voted 5-2 during their Jan. 7 meeting to approve zoning changes that would allow the development of a 306-unit, 1,000-bedroom student housing complex at Cape’s Camp called The Woodlands of San Marcos.

Less than half of the 45 acres approved for zoning will be donated by the Georgia-based Dovetail Development to the city to be used as parkland as part of the proposal. The 20 acres will include Thompson’s Island.

University, city experience year of development

With the number of students steadily rising, the university responded with the opening and construction of several new buildings this year. The City of San Marcos is also developing and saw new construction of its own. Texas State and the city have experienced significant growth, and residents and students saw its effects in 2012.

Emerging Research Status—Jan. 12

Texas State was reclassified as an emerging research institution, which made the university eligible for more multi-million dollar potential funding. The new tier two distinction placed Texas State among the ranks of other state institutions including Texas Tech University, the University of Texas at San Antonio and the University of Houston.

Q&A With Ralph Meyer

Ralph Meyer, chief of the University Police Department, reflected on the performance of the campus police this year, and discussed what Bobcats can look forward to in 2013.

NB: What was the biggest challenge this year for UPD?

RM: Preparing to go to the new football FBS, starting out with the new stadium, and getting prepared for the Tech game. That was our biggest challenge between (UPD) and the city. It was an extremely good effort.

NB: One of the big things that happened this year was the bomb threat. How would you describe the university’s handling of the situation?

Q&A With Eugene Bourgeois

Provost Eugene Bourgeois looks back on Texas State’s accomplishments in 2012 and shares some expectations he has for the legislative session, campus construction and the university’s status in the upcoming year.

NB: What was the challenge the university has faced this year?

EB: The biggest challenge, probably, was accommodating the record number of students this semester in the face of the budget reductions we’ve encountered in the past three years.

NB: What set Texas State apart from other universities this year?

Emerging Research status spurs funding, enthusiasm


Texas State has experienced increased monetary funding and interest from students and professors almost a year after the university’s designation as an Emerging Research Institution.

Texas State became an Emerging Research Institution Jan. 12, joining Texas Tech University, the University of Houston, the University of North Texas and the University of Texas at San Antonio, Dallas, Arlington and El Paso. The status, a step below tier one, makes the universities eligible for additional funding in the form of the Texas Research Incentive Program. Michael Blanda, assistant vice president for Research and Federal Relations, said the eligibility for new funding has created new expectations for success at Texas State.

Q&A Rosanne Proite

Rosanne Proite, Director of Housing and Residential Life, discusses how she is responding to Texas State’s growing population and what effects the student increase will have on campus living.

JC: If any new dorms are built, what kind of accommodations can we expect them to have?

RP: We just broke ground on a brand new building, and it will have 578 beds. It will be for freshmen, some sophomores, juniors and seniors. There will be two adjoining rooms, so it’ll have two double bedrooms and a bathroom in between. We’re now planning the next building and two more after that, and those will all be traditional-style residence halls. We will not be building any apartments.

JC: How is your department responding to the increase in student population?

Q & A with Mayor Daniel Guerrero

Mayor Daniel Guerrero, who was re-elected as mayor last month, discusses the effects of Texas State on the city.

KP: What is the relationship between San Marcos and Texas State?

Proposed apartment complex postponed indefinitely


Plans for a new apartment development on Sessom Drive were met with an overwhelmingly negative public reaction at Tuesday’s city council meeting.

After five hours of discussion councilmembers unanimously decided to postpone the project indefinitely.

The project failed to pass by a vote of 3-4. Councilmembers Jude Prather, Place 2, Ryan Thomason, place 5, and Wayne Becak, place 4, voted in favor of the project. Mayor Daniel Guerrero, Kim Porterfield, place 1, John Thomaides, place 3, and Shane Scott, place 6, voted against the development. After the project failed the applicant withdrew their request, but a motion by Thomaides to outright deny the project was not seconded. After deliberation, the council decided to postpone the project for an indefinite amount of time.


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