Here's what you need to know to start your week.


1. Community workshops on proposed Emerald Crown Trail held this week


The public is invited to attend one of three workshops over the course of three days this week to learn about the proposed trail that would connect San Marcos, Buda and Kyle to South Austin’s Violet Crown Trail.

Known as the Emerald Crown Trail, the path is yet to be determined. Several conceptual trails have been mapped, and the San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance and its partners now want to know which path the public likes best.

Meetings will start at 7 p.m. at the following locations and dates:

  • March 27: San Marcos City Park Recreation Hall, 170 Charles Austin Drive, San Marcos

  • March 28: Buda City Hall, 121 S. Main St., Buda

  • March 29: Kyle City Hall, 100 W. Center St., Kyle








2. San Marcos property owner proposes 500-bed student housing near campus


A longtime San Marcos resident wants to build a five-story, 500-bed student housing complex on his property along Peques Street close to Texas State University.

The owner, John Meeks, argues the proposed development would encourage more students to walk to class and would get more cars off the road as the university's enrollment continues to grow.

The proposal will require a zoning change, and a public hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday during the San Marcos Planning and Zoning Commission meeting.






3. Another medical center is coming to Buda


An outpatient center consisting of a 20,000-square-foot facility offering primary care, urgent care, women's care and specialty care with a focus in dermatology, pediatrics, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and gastric and digestive illness care is coming to Buda.

Ascension Seton Health Center will open at 5225 Overpass Road, Buda in 2019.






4. Hays County ranked 4th fastest-growing county in the country


New U.S. Census Bureau population estimates released Thursday show Hays County was one of the fastest-growing counties with populations of 10,000 or more in the country from 2016-17.

Coming in as the fourth fastest-growing county, Hays grew from a population of 157,104 to 214,485 in seven years. From 2016-17, the county grew from 204,365 to 214,485, a 5 percent year-over-year change.






5. San Marcos warns of collapsed footbridge at mill race


A footbridge has collapsed at the Thompson's Island Dam, according to the city of San Marcos.

The collapse occurred at the mill race, the man-made channel next to Cape’s Dam that allows kayakers and tubers to bypass the dam and reconnect with the river’s main channel farther east near Martindale.