San Marcos, TX —
Property owners have petitioned San Marcos city councilmembers to deny zoning changes for Aspen Heights, a student housing development underway in northwest San Marcos.
The petitioners, all of whom own property within 200 feet of the proposed new zoning, include residents of Briarwood Court, a large-lot, single family neighborhood. Briarwood Court and Aspen Heights both are near Copper Beech, a recently-completed student housing development.
In their petition, the property owners say more student housing will “severely and negatively impact our quality of life.”
Aspen Heights’ owners, Austin-based 90 San Marcos, Ltd., and DRFM, request the current zoning for one parcel be changed from Future Development (FD) to Multi-Family (MF-12), and the owners request the other parcel be changed from General Commercial (GC) to MF-12. The two parcels total 18.25 acres.
Aspen Heights is marketed as an all-student neighborhood of Colorado-style houses with all the amenities of a luxury apartment complex, without the negative aspects of a traditional apartment complex. According to the Aspen Heights website, the developers want to build “stylish upscale neighborhoods for college students.”
In order for the zoning changes to take effect, city councilmembers must approve them by a super-majority vote of 6-1, because the aforementioned petition contains signatures of more than 20 percent of property owners near the proposed changes. Councilmembers will decide Thursday whether to approve, disapprove, or postpone action on the zoning changes.
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