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Controversial development headed to San Marcos City Council

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The largest undeveloped piece of riverfront property in San Marcos could soon be home to an upscale student housing project, but some neighbors are fighting to preserve the area as parkland.

A proposal soon headed for the city council would re-zone the land for a student apartment complex.

"It's the last 70 acres of pristine riverfront parkland that we have available," San Marcos resident Melissa Derrick said.

Derrick is part of a large group of community members that wants to see the land become part of the city's park system.

The city put three items related to the property on November's ballot.

Proposition 1 called for preserving the area as parkland and passed by a large margin.

"I was really encouraged that 75 percent of the people in San Marcos want that to be preserved as park-space," Derrick said.

The other items relating to how the city might obtain the land failed.

"There were three propositions that were brought forth in November,” San Marcos Mayor Daniel Guerrero said. “Citizens had an opportunity to vote on those and we're going to discuss what the results of those items were."

The results of the election could play a large part in the council's decision when the request for rezoning comes up. The Mayor says there will be lots of opportunities for all sides to be heard.

"I want to make sure that the entire community has the chance to be able to share their thoughts, be able to bring those forward and for us to be able to hear that and be able to make some critical decisions at the beginning of the year," Mayor Guerrero said.

Derrick believes the land is too important to allow it to become an apartment complex.

"It's one of the most beautiful pieces of the river in San Marcos and we'd like it for the citizens, not a developer," she said.

The San Marcos City Council will discuss the election results on Tuesday evening.

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