The City of San Marcos Downtown Master Plan is intended to guide a revitalization approach and provide solid recommendations for making physical improvements to downtown; enhancing its functionality as a vibrant central business area while preserving its historic character. Broaddus Planning was selected to complete the Downtown Master Plan with the requirement of including recommendations for improving connectivity along a common boundary between Texas State University and Downtown San Marcos.
City staff conducted an initial survey to help identify emerging issues related to downtown. This survey revealed that parking solutions, pedestrian/bicycle improvements, design guidelines, commercial/retail development and infrastructure/traffic improvements need to be addressed in order to improve and develop the area into a vibrant and pedestrian-friendly downtown. Texas State University has proposed building a performing downtown boundary, which will likely be a complementing amenity to downtown. Additionally, San Marcos is located in the Austin-San Antonio Intermunicipal Commuter Rail District and is targeted as a future city with a station along the commuter rail line.