San Marcos City Council approves home share regulations on first reading

Set of rules crafted by a subcommittee advances to second reading following vote at meeting Tuesday

The city of San Marcos is one step closer to having rules in place to regulate home sharing through web-based services, such as AirBnB and HomeAway.

On Tuesday night, San Marcos City Council unanimously approved the first reading of a set of regulations formulated by a subcommittee consisting of Mayor John Thomaides and council members Lisa Prewitt and Melissa Derrick. A second reading of the ordinance will take place in August.

“The fact of the matter is, until we pass this, [operating a home share] is running an illegal business in a neighborhood,” Council Member Derrick said. “We’ve got to regulate it. We’re one of the towns in the area that has chosen to allow it rather than than disallow it. We’re letting that local economy churn and burn. We have to have these kinds of restrictions or we’re headed for a lot of trouble with our affordable housing and disruption of neighbors and all different sorts of things.”

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San Marcos CISD to consider addition of portable buildings

Purchase or lease of facilities could relieve crowding at elementary schools

The San Marcos CISD board of trustees will hold a workshop at a date to be determined at which trustees will discuss the potential of purchasing or leasing portable buildings to provide classroom space for students in the district’s elementary schools.

Trustees discussed the issue at a meeting Monday night, at which district staff indicated current projections show SMCISD elementary schools will be dealing with capacity issues in the 2017-18 school year.

At Travis Elementary School, district projections show the third grade is expected to be over capacity by 11 students, and fifth grade is expected to be over capacity by 10 students.

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