San Marcos City Council is set to reconsider the Chapter 380 agreement with Hill Country LLC that will provide financial incentives for an 820,000-square-foot film and video production facility in La Cima at an upcoming July 5 meeting, citing environmental concerns. The agreement was originally approved 6-1 at a meeting June 7 with Council Member Maxfield Baker voting against the item.

This comes on the heels of backlash from citizens and a protest at City Hall over environmental concerns with construction of the film studio slated over the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone, a primary source of water for millions of Central Texans.

However, the reconsideration will not stop any or all development on the site as it is not city property; the reconsideration would only dissolve the Chapter 380 agreement with Hill Country, which is set to provide a tax rebate incentive to the company to build the studio in San Marcos.

Council Members Alyssa Garza and Saul Gonzales asked that the agreement be reconsidered, though neither responded to Community Impact Newspaper's request for comment by the publication of this article.

The film studio, under the agreement, would be built on 75 acres within the 209-acre tract of La Cima and would be constructed by August 2025, according to agenda documents. The project would bring in about $267 million and more than 40 full-time jobs be the end of the agreement.

San Marcos City Council will meet at 6 p.m. July 5 at 630 E. Hopkins St., San Marcos. The meeting will also be streamed online.