Lisa Prewitt is running for San Marcos City Council Place 1, a seat left open by the departure of current councilwoman Kim Porterfield. She sat down with The University Star to discuss her platform, ideas for the future of the city and opponent.
TT: You announced your candidacy pretty early on. What made you want to run for council?
LP: My desire to run for city council is I see that San Marcos has a great opportunity for growth by utilizing all of the characteristics and heritage we have in San Marcos along with the university. I think that we’re not quite embracing those characteristics right now and 20 years from now, I don’t want to look back and say, ‘Hey, I should’ve gotten up and done something,’ if the direction the town goes is not the right direction.
You’re running against Bill Taylor who has some prior experience in the city. How do you feel your campaign, and maybe the election, are affected?
Well, Bill Taylor has given service to the city for many years. We all appreciate and applaud anybody who will volunteer for service in any city or municipality. My opinion is that there’s time in any city for change, and I think Bill Taylor has worked hard while he’s worked for the city, but I think we’re in a new time right now. I think we need more progressive movement. I think we need more community engagement. I don’t know if Bill can pull that together. He’s been on the Planning and Zoning Commission and many people in the community have not been very happy with a lot of the outcomes of the rezoning of single-family land to multi-family (land) in San Marcos the last three years. That seems to be Bill’s trend. And I think the community has spoken many times—that’s not what they want for San Marcos. If we don’t hold on to our community and stay strong, I don’t think the City of San Marcos will stay strong. Every city and every community has to have a very strong community in order for it to keep on growing.
Development is always a big deal in San Marcos. You know, where to put housing, single-family to multi-family. What would propose as a councilwoman? What would your stance be on development?
Well, we need development in San Marcos. I think many people feel like we’ve gotten too many apartments in San Marcos. We need to have more affordable housing in San Marcos, so people can afford to live in single-family homes, townhomes, and condominiums, which is kind of the new trend anyway. Sixty-six percent of our residents are rentals at this point. So, I think we need to offer more options for the housing. And in the Comprehensive Master Plan, which this city and the community worked on together for about 12 to 15 months, we did designate where we would like the housing to go. Of course, it’s going to be market-driven to some degree, but if our city officials and policy makers stand behind our master plan, then development will go there. If there is need for multi-family and need for more student housing, the developers will come and build it where we designate it, but if we keep rezoning, then that option remains available for them all the time. One of my biggest issues is if we don’t stick to a plan, how can any other plan follow through?
For the entire uncut and unedited interview, listen to our latest edition of the Spotlight Series Podcast featuring Lisa Prewitt at UniversityStar.com.