Proposed Updates

The City of San Marcos

The City of San Marcos is currently in the process of reviewing the San Marcos Development Code for potential updates. Information on Development Code updates as they are proposed will be posted on this page. If you have any questions, please contact

In-Process Updates:

Spring/Summer 2021 Updates: Proposed amendments are currently being considered to the Development Code. A summary of amendments is as follows:

  • City Engineering Staff Recommendations: related to site permits, detention, and stormwater quality and stream protection.
  • Residential Garage / Access Standards: related to residential garage parking, pedestrian access, front porches, and residential front door requirements.
  • Use of Self Storage and Outdoor Storage: related to the use of self storage, outdoor storage, changes to the Land Use Matrix, and a renaming of the Employment Center zoning district.
  • Allowable uses in CD-2.5 and ND-3.2: Amendment to the Land Use Matrix to include CD-2.5 and ND-3.2 zoning.
  • Typographical Errors: related to misspellings, the inclusion of missing text, and other miscellaneous errors related to typographical or technical errors.

These amendments are being considered by the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council. Details on the meeting dates and proposed code amendments can be found by clicking the agenda links below. To participate in an upcoming City Council meeting, click HERE.

  • City Council Initial Authorization (Approved at the May 4, 2021 meeting)
  • Planning & Zoning Commission public hearing and consideration (Approved with amendments at the May 25, 2021 meeting)
  • City Council public hearing and first reading of ordinance (July 6, 2021)
  • City Council second reading of ordinance (August 3, 2021)

Recent Updates:

  • March 16, 2021 Turfgrass (Ord. 2021-05) and Irrigation (Ord. 2021-06) Requirements: The City Council approved updates to the Development Code and City Code regarding water conservation enhancements related to limiting the amount of turfgrass in new development and revising the irrigation requirements. For additional information, please contact Jan Klein, Conservation Coordinator.
  • March 16, 2021 Downtown Design (Ord. 2021-16): The City Council approved updates to the Development Code and Design Manual regarding downtown architectural design standards and guidelines. View information regarding the project and adopted redlines on the project webpage.