Hays County Adds 700 Acres to Purgatory Creek Natural Area
Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TX – Officials from Hays County, City of San Marcos and La Cima Development Group met September 16 to officially welcome 700.2 acres of natural wildlife habitat to the Purgatory Creek Natural Area and to thank those involved in making the preserve a reality. With the addition of the 700 acres the preserve grows to more than 1,800 acres.
Hays County Judge Bert Cobb, M.D., said, “I can’t imagine a better return on our County Parks Bond dollars than this opportunity.” The County paid $2 million from its 2008 voter-approved Parks Bond Fund for the land.
“With this 700 acres, we will have one of the largest urban preserves in the nation,” Precinct 3 Commissioner Will Conley said. “This preserve allows us to strike the right balance between important conservation and environmental goals and our economic development goals.”
The La Cima mixed-use residential and commercial development is partially in Precinct 3 and partially within the City of San Marcos limits and is expected to break ground in January 2016. The conservation of this land will allow Hays County to establish a mitigation bank that will streamline the U.S. Fish & Wildlife’s 7(a) and 10(a) permitting processes. This will allow a faster process – a few months instead of years – for much-needed residential and commercial development to support economic growth.
Left to right, City of San Marcos Councilmember Shane Scott, Hays County Judge Bert Cobb, M.D., San Marcos Councilmember Jane Hughson, Precinct 1 Commissioner Debbie Gonzales Ingalsbe, Precinct 3 Commissioner Will Conley, La Cima developer Bill Ward, San Marcos Mayor Daniel Guerrero, Precinct 2 Commissioner Mark Jones, Precinct 4 Commissioner Ray Whisenant and San Marcos City Manager Jared Miller show the map outlining the new preserve addition.