ULI releases report for “Activating the San Marcos Riverfront”

The Urban Land Institute released a Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) report regarding land use along the San Marcos River in August.

The City of San Marcos, the Greater San Marcos Partnership and Texas State University partnered with the Austin District Council of Urban Land Institute in Fall 2018 to examine land use along the San Marcos River.

According to the report, “the Technical Assistance Panel offers recommendations for ways to unlock economic potential by making the river more connected to Downtown and creating pedestrian-focused places that are more accessible to residents and visitors.”

The panel’s three goals were to:

  • Recommend strategies to activate the San Marcos River and adjacent land, making it more connected to downtown and creating pedestrian-focused places that are easily accessible to residents and visitors.
  • Identify best practices and recommend innovative, sustainable and economically viable land-use solutions to leverage the river parks system for the economic benefit to the City.
  • Identify best practices and recommend sustainable funding strategies for the maintenance and operation of the river parks system.

The panel was created using the expertise of five local industry experts, who explored and addressed issues related to activating the San Marcos riverfront responsibly.

The panelists were Allen Wise, IBC Bank, Chris Crawford, RVi Planning and Landscape Architecture, Nick Dornak, The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, Mark Shields, Primus Real Estate, and Rick Rosenberg, Development Planning and Financing Group, Inc.

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) is a nonpartisan research and education organization focused on providing leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide.

The ULI Austin District Council strives to advance the mission of the ULI on a local level and has over 900 members.

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