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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 16, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas HeraidZeitung o Wednesday April Citys unique personality key to Master Plan ABE LEW Writer San Marcos residents enjoy their t university river and springs and they want to keep it that way participants in their Master Plan committee said Nestled below the capital city of the Lone Star State San Marcos was determined to retain a unique identity hy embarking on an 18month iproccss of writing a Master Plan almost three years ago Toward that end committee members wrote as their first statement of vision in the plan an assertion that the city keep its small town charm for the enjoyment of both residents and visitors by carefully managing its growth and protecting its unique quality of The wording tiptoed around the communitys love of uniqueness and commitment to maintain an open door policy to visitors and new industries said Ron Patterson the citys planning director who oversaw the Master Plan process There was a lot of discussion on how do we maintain that sense of unique Patterson said We dont want to become a South Austin or North San Antonio There was a lot of emphasis on Linda Keese a committee member who facilitated the natural and cultural resources subcommittee said San Marcos residents would rather control their own growth than feel the larger hand of the city of Austin We do know that we are getting an influx of Austin said Keese a retired real estate saleswoman and expert gardener We feel that we can pretty much protect the growth from our end of the Some New Braunfels residents said they share the San Marcos sentiment Cathy Talcott moved from Dallas in 1992 to New Braunfels to enjoy the benefits of a smaller city The boxshaped buildings that continued to pop up across the Dallas area did not provide the same warm fuzzy feeling of the houses and businesses in New Braunfels she said Still the councilwoman for District 5 said shes alarmed at the number of buildings currently under construction here that remind her of what she left in Dallas This is the first small town Ive lived in since I was 5 years old I saw the DallasFort Worth area filled with the towns in between become one continuous she said Im concerned that San Antonio and Austin will become one continuous city so that its all alike People come here in order to rekindle the small town feeling that is no longer around in the big Talcott said one key to maintaining local identity is for architects to understand the uniqueness of the New Braunfels culture Talcott has urged city staff to try to incorporate that uniqueness in this citys Master Plan process and in upcoming design plans for the new police station on FM 725 and the new library on Common Street Plan From Page 1 with lively discussion on the topic of attracting new industries and residential growth versus protecting thc quality of life We had people who felt that anything that created a job was great and those who wanted to close the city off and build a said Ron San Marcos planning director who along with one other fulltime staff member assisted with the Master Plan project i To break down the project into manageable pieces the 55 member group separated into six focus groups to explore transportation community growth and land use economic development and cultural resources community facilities and the town center Before focus group meetings the city staff asked soul searching questions about the citys i identity and philosophy for quality of life that provided a basis for the rest of the talks After the subcommittees met and formed recommendations the entire group reconvened to discuss what findings to include in the plan Thats where lively remarks ran as free as the salary for serving on the committee Patterson said Sometimes the discussion was a little hairraising but it was always he said members really looked at the large The San Marcos plan won the top award from the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association in 1996 but city officials said they would have done a few things differently During some of the deliberations committee members made requests for uptodate statistics Patterson who worked part time only had one fulltime staff member providing reports for the committee Because of budget constraints Patterson said the city was unable to pay for a consulting firm who could have supplied fresh information in an opportune moment Names in the news Christoper Reeve gets star on Hollywood Boulevard LOS ANGELES AP As an outofwork actor 21 years ago Christopher Reeve would stroll along Hollywood Boulevards Walk of iFame and dream of someday having z He received his star on Tuesday and in an emotional ceremony spoke 6f his new dream If we keep giving our scientists the funds they need for research I will take my family by the hand and I will stand here in front of my star on the Hollywood Walk of the Superman actor told fans who turned out for the unveiling Reeve who was paralyzed in a 1995 horseriding accident and is nursing a broken arm suffered when two attendants dropped him appeared with his wife Dana and son Will Redford heads to upstate New York for next film BALLSTON SPA AP Theres snow place like upstate New York for Robert Redford The actor said he chose Saratoga County to shoot scenes for his next film The Horse because the snow was abundant The weak winter knocked Connecticut and New York City Redford said Monday as he took a break from shooting County had the history we were looking for and probably just enough The Horse Whisperer is based on a bestselling novel by Nicholas Evans Gristmill fire causes only limited damage from staff reports Firefighters were called out to The Gristmill Restaurant late Tuesday night for a fire which caused slight damage to the eatery The New Braunfels Fire Department responded to the fire which occurred at about Captain Wayne Rousseau said The fire started in construction debris Rousseau said Since the pile was against the wall the flames went up against the The flames went up the 20 foot wall and caused little damage to the gable or ends of the roof Rousseau Employees discovered the fire and alerted authorities The fire was extinguished immediately by firefighters uiojj Window to Go6293311 381 Landa New Braunfels Frozen Ritas SpecialsFull Bar SSfrSfr1 e Zilil 1 KIDSDAY OUT PreSchool Program Register Now Classes Begin Sept 2 Age 6 months 4 years Tuesday Thursday 9 1 Suay Wilkinson Director NEW BRAUNFEtS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 373 Howard St 62SS141 We probably could have used a he said We didnt have the money and there were times we didnt have as fresh information and we couldnt supply it as With 55 citizens on the committee ranging in age and background group dynamics also played a part in the process meetings tended to be dominated by the folks who were more Patterson said There were those who were dying to talk in the committee My job was to give those people a While views were as diverse as the people on the committee most agreed that the city should take an aggressive stand on extending its city limits a perspective the city council hasnt shared Patterson said More recently city council members have veered from the Master Plan and opted to take a more cautious approach that has resulted in small portions of land acquired voluntarily San Marcos City Council wants it to be a controlled method to c Stay in Touch Read the HpraldZeitung Subscribe Todsiy Call 6259144 landa Station Will Host A 40i Thursdsay April 17 Music by A Barlow Brett Graham Stay for Songwriters Night after the Mixer FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL 6293311 381 LANDA HEWERAUNFtlS GIFT BOOKS AVAILABLE WALNUT 6 6296400 IH 35 and Walnut Ave Anaconda PG13 Liar Fri MonThur Liar PG13 I The Saint Fri MonThurs SalSun Kilmer Fri MonThufs SotSun Devils Fri MonThurs Own JRJ SotSun Double Fri MonThurs SotSun Team include the people being annexed rather than just appearing to just landgrab and add to the tax Patterson said But the committees feeling was that extending the boundaries was the best defense against uncontrolled development and would require zoning and traffic requests to pass through the toll bridge of the city council and the planning and zoning commission They envisioned nearby regions such as the Edwards Aquifer recharge zone being protected from development by including them in the citys district Still the process of deliberating on a Master Plan committee for any community results in longterm bonds of relationship that add to the citys quality of life San Marcos committee members said We met some new people and we all had a good said San Marcos Planning Committee member Linda Keese There was some lasting friendships from RADZOI 10 MINUTE OIL CHANGE THURSDAY FRIDAY JUKEBOX SHUFFLEBOARD POOL SATURDAY PRIVATE PAIITY Every Sunday BRET GRAHAM Coyer 255 FREE SEMINAR HowTo Buy Your First Home Saturday April 19th Noon Tree Tops Restaurant FREE Credit Analysis with PreRegistration out how much house you qualify 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