San Marcos P&Z To Consider CUP For Student Housing Project, Zoning Change For La Kings, LLC

San Marcos P&Z To Consider CUP For Student Housing Project, Zoning Change For La Kings, LLC

By Terra Rivers, Managing Editor

Tonight, the San Marcos Planning and Zoning Commission will hold two public hearings.

Commissioners will consider a request by 75 Sylvan Street for a Conditional Use Permit to allow a purpose-built student housing development located on Guadalupe Street between San Antonio Street and MLK Drive.

According to the agenda, the properties included in the request are currently owned by multiple individuals and consist of retail, restaurant, office, and commercial uses. Currently, the applicant has the properties under contract.

Staff’s analysis notes that the property sits on the longest block front within downtown San Marcos and will exceed the maximum block perimeter of 2,000 feet permitted in CD-5D.

According to the agenda, the applicant is proposing a Pedestrian Passage on the ground level, which would allow pedestrian access to Telephone Alley.

The proposed project will be a maximum of five stories tall and will contain office, retail, and restaurant spaces as well as residential.

Staff recommends approval of the CUP with the following conditions:

  1. Approval of this request for “Purpose Built Student Housing” does not waive any development code regulations, whether or not they are represented in the submitted back up material;
  2. Any proposed building must meet the requirements of all City Codes and Ordinances;
  3. Streetscape improvements shall be required to extend to the intersection of San Antonio and Guadalupe Street;
  4. There shall be no balconies or patios permitted on the building facing Telephone Alley;
  5. The Pedestrian Passage shall be a minimum of two stories in height, with pedestrian level entrances on both sides, sufficient internal lighting, and a minimum glazing requirement of 70% on the clubhouse and lobby walls facing the Pedestrian Passage;
  6. The applicant shall work with the City to mitigate noise and light nuisances associated with the parking garage;
  7. There shall be a minimum of one operable building entrance/exit every 100 feet (on average) along the street frontage;
  8. Smoke barriers shall be provided to subdivide every story that contains R-2 occupancies, into no fewer than two smoke compartments. Such stories shall be divided into smoke compartments of not more than 22,500 square feet;
  9. A means of egress shall be provided from each smoke compartment created by smoke barriers without having to return through the smoke compartment from which means of egress originated;
  10. All plans shall be reviewed, at the expense of the permit applicant, by a third party, as approved by the COSM, for compliance with the fire codes as adopted by the COSM. Any expenses for the plans review shall be the responsibility of the permit applicant and paid directly to the third party. The cost of these expenses will be in addition to any permit fees required by the COSM. Final approval of the submitted plans shall remain the authority of the COSM;
  11. Full dedication and construction of Telephone Alley adjacent to this project shall be required at the time of development;
  12. All perimeter roadways shall be fully repaired after construction;
  13. Double occupancy of bedrooms shall be prohibited;
  14. The project will construct a minimum parking ratio of .75 spaces per bedroom, and pay the fee-in-lieu for the remaining parking space per bedroom requirement to meet the full 1.05 parking spaces per bedroom requirement;
  15. The project will provide an annual report of the number of students vs. the number of non-student residents by a ratio of bedrooms; and
  16. The project shall meet the Green Building Standard Silver Program.

According to staff, if passed, the property will trigger streetscape improvements within the Right-of-way in front of the development, including wide sidewalks, street trees, and the installation of on-street parking.

Read the full packet information on this item at

La Kings, LLC is requesting a zoning change from SC SmartCode to Light Industrial for commissioners to consider.

According to the agenda, the property was zoned SmartCode in 2013 and has not been developed. Currently, it is agricultural in nature.

The agenda states the property is adjacent to 85 acres, which was rezoned in 2017 to SmartCode-Special District to allow research and light industrial uses; the property is also adjacent to the McCarty Commons PDD to the North, which is currently in the process of being platted.

The current Transportation Master Plan identifies a required thoroughfare along the boundary of the property to create a buffer between the proposed residential and industrial uses.

Staff recommends approval of the zoning change.

San Marcos P&Z will convene at 6 PM in the San Marcos City Council Chambers for their regular meeting at City Hall.

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  1. Lee

    A good project. Developer looks like they will work with downtown businesses for their employee parking.
    Making down town a viable hub for pedestrian walkablity is a good thing.

    1. Kit

      It got denied especially because we do not need any more student housing and as well as they were not going to provide parking for all these students that were going to live in there instead they wanted to pay a fine when some work is already has a parking committee because we have a parking problem so this project was denied last night

      1. Lee

        I believe the city gives the fee in lieu of parking option to the developer.
        They did not ask for that option.
        At some point we have to embrace that the University is there and in no way going to get smaller.
        We have a master plan and codes to give direction.
        Having more density is the plan and making the area less car friendly certainly forces the goals of wakabilty.
        As far as whether the complex is needed for the population that we have is a market decision from the investor.
        Small mindedness does not look good in our city.

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