Animal services

Council considers creation of animal services committee

The San Marcos City Council approved the expansion of powers and duties relating to the Animal Shelter Advisory Committee at the first regular meeting in 2022.

The approval comes after the committee recommended revisions to the board, which included a more active role in supporting the animal shelter and its leadership team.

During the discussion, board member Shane Scott proposed to defer the item for the March 8 meeting, his rationale being that the shelter manager position is vacant.

“I think we’re going around in circles without a director there to really engage with this group to make plans that are really going to be, you know, helpful and genuine,” Scott said.

Other board members disagreed with Scott’s motion to postpone.

“By putting this back until we have someone in place, what we don’t know will be done within that 60 day time frame,” said board member Maxfield Baker. “Fingers crossed, but potentially we are going to see animals continue to die throughout this time, because as the committee gets established, they think these extra powers and duties will help them save. Lives.”

Ultimately, council voted against the postponement and voted in favor of Mayor Jane Hughson’s motion to approve item 6-1.

Regarding the discussion to consider the creation of a Council committee for animal shelters, Hughson clarified his purpose on this point.

“I kind of talked about this one too early on and I really meant animal services, not animal shelter, because I’m not looking to run the shelter in any way,” said Hughson. “My goal is for us to find ways to educate and engage the community regarding animal services, this includes working with animal advocates. ”

Hughson further explained the work of animal advocates and how they provide much of the necessary support to animal shelters and promote adoptions and foster families. Hughson has also expressed interest in working with shelter partners such as those in surrounding regions and cities.

Board members endorsed the idea of ​​the board committee and intend to further discuss the purpose, mission and committee membership in the future.

During the meeting, council held a public hearing regarding amending the city’s official zoning map by zoning approximately 3.59 acres of land, generally located at the northwest corner of the highway. 123 and at the intersection of Clovis Barker Road, in the “FD” future development district. to the heavy commercial district “HC”.

The presentation, given by the Director of Planning and Development Services, Shannon Mattingly, mentioned that the Planning and Zoning Commission recommended that the application to become an HC district and approve a “CM” commercial district be rejected. less intense.

Council members then voted in favor of the Planning and Zoning Commission’s suggestion, 5-1.

The second public hearing was held regarding the submission of a Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) application to the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs for the renovation of the Champions Crossing Multi-Family Housing Project located at 345 Champions Boulevard. The LIHTC requested an extension of the affordability period until 2052 and proposed the remodeling of the property.

Before voting, board member Maxfield Baker called for actual housing incomes to vary with regard to future presentations. The board ultimately voted in favor of the point 5-0.

The final public hearing was tied to the approval of an amended and restated Sixth Development Agreement with Lazy Oaks Ranch, LP and its partial assignees in connection with the development of La Cima near the intersection of Old Ranch Road 12 and Wonder World Drive which provides additional standards for the first phase of multi-family development.

The modification included a 180-foot setback from the single-family property line to the nearest multi-family structure and a 100-foot setback from Centerpoint Rd. Additionally, there will be a maximum overall height of 3 stories and a maximum height of 2 storeys near single family homes and Centerpoint Road.

Previously, the La Cima city council committee discussed and approved the requested changes. Council members also unanimously approved these changes.

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