San Marcos planning and zoning (P&Z) commissioners voted 4-3 Tuesday to approve plans for The Retreat at San Marcos, a controversial, 780-bedroom student housing development proposed near Craddock Avenue and Old RR 12.
P&Z commissioners approved a revised proposal for the Retreat after they rejected an earlier proposal by a 4-3 vote last month. Consequently, it will be easier for the city council to approve the project and zoning changes. The P&Z’s earlier rejection of the Retreat would have required the city council to cast a vote of at least 6-1 in order to approve the project. The Retreat is on the city council’s Thursday agenda for discussion and possible action.
P&Z commissioners cast their votes after two hours of intense debate and public comment in a standing-room-only meeting at City Hall. Most people opposed to the Retreat appeared to be residents of the single family neighborhoods surrounding the project. Among the project’s supporters were at least three Texas State students, one of whom read a pro-Retreat resolution passed by the university’s Associated Student Government (ASG) Monday night.
The Retreat is proposed to include 115 detached residential cottages and 72 attached residential cottages, for a total of 187 dwelling units and 780 bedrooms. The Retreat would include 820 parking spaces and a 2.25-acre amenity area with clubhouse, pool, tennis court, basketball court, horseshoe pit, and putting green.
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