2020 City Council, Place 4 Candidates


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The San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the San Marcos Daily Record to provide information to voters on where candidates stand on key issues.

The Chamber asked all candidates the same five questions that align with the chamber’s key priorities. Candidates were given two minutes to respond to each question and were not provided the questions ahead of time. Answers from the candidates are in-full and have not been edited.


City Council, Place 4 Candidates

Two candidates are running for San Marcos City Council Place 4; Shane Scott and Mark Rockeymoore.

Community Investment

Read the candidates full answers below.

Shane Scott

Are you for continued development within our city? if so, do you have any limitations?

“I’m definitely for continued development in the community, in the city. I actually got a real-estate license, I just never used it, never really enjoyed it, it just wasn’t my sort of thing, but I really kind of did it just for the education, so I would understand the dynamic value that realtors have in the community. Growth is very important, and being able to provide more housing with internal fill investments and having less restrictions and micromanagement on things that we are guaranteed like in our LDC like we talked about earlier. Are really important to be able to make that happen. Because you’ll get people investing in this stuff and then having to wait until the climate is okay to build to and that doesn’t help people maintain a guarantee towards their investment to begin with.”

What specifically would you do to expedite approvals of projects?

“I would probably go through the LDC again to make again, things guaranteed and definitely something people can count on and not change or micromanage. I look for stuff like that to begin with, and to give an example when I was on the council before, they had it to where you couldn’t work on your home without having a contractor, I thought that was bogus, I got rid of that and you can work on your own home and be your own contractor. I’m an anti-restrictions type person.”

Mark Rockeymoore

Are you for continued development within our city? if so, do you have any limitations?

“I am for continued development within our city. In regards to limitations, I think I have a few. But first, in regards to continuing development. I think that it’s important that we fulfill the necessity of having housing stock for all economic populations in San Marcos. So that we continue the need to diversify our housing stock here. We need to have more than just single-family homes, we need more than just apartments, we also need more duplexes and we need more townhomes. And those need to occur within the bounds of our city, which means within the city limits. But I’m also thinking about the environmental future as we move forward. I am a proponent of having what you would call greenbelts, like Austin and San Antonio have begun creating and have gone quite extensively into honing over the past decade or two. I think we need to have something like that in San Marcos as well and we need to begin moving toward creating some sort of outer boundary of our city in the ETJ, that we could kind of create to connect to trails and parkways that currently exist and that may exist in the future. There needs to be a kind of melding of our environmental and our development future in a way that provides for the future of San Marcos within the context of our changing environment.”

What specifically would you do to expedite approvals of projects?

“The development projects that come to us, sometimes the developers come back two or three times depending on if they have made the changes that city council has asked them to make and provided for affordable housing. Because affordable housing is one of the things the current city council has been really intent on creating here in San Marcos. While we have approved housing developments that include executive housing, as well as a diversity of housing, to include apartments, I think that in order to expedite the housing process, coming to some sort of…not understanding, but process, through which the planning department and city council can kind of standardize some aspects of the…I don’t know what you call it, oh my goodness, not planning, but moving through the planning process and city council approval process, whatever that could be called. I think that that could be standardized so that some plans that fulfill a need in our housing requirements such as townhomes, such as duplexes. Those can come through a little bit faster if they have a plan in place that we would be able to approve quickly without too much of an extended process.”

Housing Growth and Diversity

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Shane Scott

How do you propose we create affordable housing in San Marcos without creating sprawl or building high-rise apartments?

“That’s an interesting question, because first of all if you don’t want sprawl, you have to have density, and density is going to have to go up. So, if you are talking about apartments, if you are talking about condominiums, you’re going to have to, you can’t have one without the other.  You have to balance it out. The in-fill stuff will help with a lot of the sprawl. There are a lot of vacant lots in San Marcos that people would be very interested in making a rental house or house to sell if they didn’t have all the restrictions that were imposed, so yeah, that’s a big question. Density is your solution to sprawl and if you…yeah, sprawl is going to happen regardless. I mean, you can’t really control that, but I think you can incentivize growth towards density.” 

Mark Rockeymoore

How do you propose we create affordable housing in San Marcos without creating sprawl or building high-rise apartments?

“Okay, so yeah, we could include a diversified housing stock of course we would include more single-family homes, but again as I mentioned earlier it would also include townhomes which we don’t have enough of and which can provide a stable and a single-family environment for folks who don’t necessarily want a house who want a more urbanized environment to live in. Those types of developments can occur within in-fills, within our current neighborhoods that exist in the city. It has to go through the process of course of being reviewed by the planning department and the city council and it has to have neighborhood approbation. There are some places where it’s appropriate and some places where it’s not.”  

Transportation and Infrastructure

Engineers and planners agree that public transit, bikeability, and walkability are achieved in areas that contain a mixture of housing, retail, business, and entertainment. However, new housing in San Marcos is being built on the outskirts of town.

Read the candidates full answers below.

Shane Scott

Do you believe there is a link between how we designate land use and how we achieve multi-modal transportation? If so, give the land uses you would support within in-fill areas in the city.

“Well there is definitely a connection between the two. Before, one of the projects I approved before when I was on council before was an apartment complex, but one of the key things that we pushed for, since it was outside of the city, was that it would have it’s own transportation to bus students in, so that was one of the ways. In town, I’m all about bikeabilty, walkability, I do love that Austin feel that you can have without the cost and without the traffic would be great. But I’m into anything from bikes, to electric scooters, to anything that allows transporation to happen that’s good for the environment, less people, less cars on the road. Another thing that I have always been pushing for, on the south and north end of the town is having big parking garages for all the students that come in to town and commute. Because that’s a lot of our traffic of them coming in and out in and out and have the buses pick them up north and south and bring them in on buses, I think would really clear our streets a lot and put pollution levels down. So, I think along those lines, and as far as what I would support in town, well I would support the stuff that I have already supported like, the big highrise, well seven stories or whatever, or 13 stories, stuff like that where you create more density downtown and walkability.”

Mark Rockeymoore

Do you believe there is a link between how we designate land use and how we achieve multi-modal transportation? If so, give the land uses you would support within in-fill areas in the city.

*Mark chose to answer this question in two parts. 

“I would support the types of housing that I have already spoken on, I would support single-family housing in in-fills, I would support duplexes and also, some cottage homes in certain neighborhoods if the neighborhood approves of it. I would also support tiny home development actually which is something that I think is apropos in some parts of the city where folks don’t necessarily need or want an apartment or a duplex. It’s another type of housing that could be included within our city, it doesn’t always necessarily have to go on our outskirts.”

“The evolution of the city’s transportation network has to evolve with the evolution of the city itself. We’ve already moved toward bringing scooters to town, and that is a positive or a negative depending on your perspective in San Marcos. But we have an agreement with a company to do a trial run which is currently going on. We had bikes, I haven’t seen them around much recently, but I believe we still have that agreement. Our bus situation is shifting as well since we are now in an interlocal agreement with the university to combine their services and our city services. Pretty soon all of our buses will have a standardized look and they will be expanding their routes and increasing their route availability and times to account for the new developments that are coming online as well. So, I think that you can’t think of increasing the housing stock and not also look at multi-modal development and shifting that as well as the city continues to evolve.”

Jobs and Opportunities

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Shane Scott

What steps would you propose and what initiatives would you support to keep meaningful jobs with wages above the living wage coming to our city and region? Also, what changes, if any, would you recommend to the current structure between the City and the Greater San Marcos Partnership?

“Huge fan of the partnership actually, people like Lisa Pruitt and Melissa Derrick and a few others tried to shut the partnership down while I was on the council, turned violently against me because I basically was the vote that saved GSMP. And I was wrong initially about what I thought about it and when I followed Adrianna and saw what she did, I was like oh my gosh we totally need this, it’s incredible. Needless to say, I think I lost track of that, but I stand behind it 100 percent. That is the type of energy that brought Amazon here, those are the type of energy that brought Epic Pipe here, you have to have that link to those companies that can do that and not…The people we have just are not qualified to do that, you need somebody else like them to do it.”

Mark Rockeymoore

What steps would you propose and what initiatives would you support to keep meaningful jobs with wages above the living wage coming to our city and region? Also, what changes, if any, would you recommend to the current structure between the City and the Greater San Marcos Partnership?

“First of all, since I have been on city council for the past year and a half, I have been involved in a number of efforts to bring jobs to the city from major companies who provide jobs ranging between 40 jobs into the 100s of jobs. I approved the…what’s it called?... The SMART Terminal, that’s it. The SMART Terminal that’s over on the north-east side of town for whenever that comes online and there should be a number of jobs that come with some of the businesses that will choose to locate in that location. I believe it’s important that we provide for all manners of opportunities in the city of San Marcos and that includes tech jobs as well as construction jobs, janitorial jobs, jobs that can employ folks throughout the economic range that we currently have here in the city of San Marcos. So I believe that all the way from small businesses to large companies need to come to San Marcos and to provide opportunities for folks in our city to be employed. I know when the Amazon fulfillment center first came online, I was working at the high school as a paraprofessional in the focus unit. But I went to work at Amazon because I used Amazon Prime and I wanted to see what it was like to work at Amazon, what the workers went through because, you know, I had heard a lot of stuff and I had read a lot of stuff about conditions there and I worked there for about a month and a half. I was working two full-time jobs at the same time, which I do not recommend to anyone and it was a good experience because I got to see what it was like to fulfill the orders that come to us each and every day during this pandemic, so we see what is going on when they drop off things in front of our homes, but we don’t know necessarily what it looks like from behind the scenes so that was a nice experience. Even those types of jobs will fulfill a niche here in the City of San Marcos. So, any companies that we can bring that will provide jobs to as residents. To me, as long as it’s not damaging to our environment is a good job to be had.”

Open Communication

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Shane Scott

How do you believe the City and the Chamber should partner to ensure the business community has a meaningful voice in policies that affect them all?

“How about listen? I think listening to the business community would be ideal. As a matter of fact, that is one of the reasons I am running is that I’m a small business owner, and that voice is just not heard at all. They talk a good game, but the reality is they don’t listen and they don’t seem intrigued by the importance of small business. And t’s critical, it’s critical for growth in the community, it’s critical for jobs in the community. Huge advocate. That will be my first, always my first lead as a small business is to make sure they are safe and secure and not hindered.”

Mark Rockeymoore

How do you believe the City and the Chamber should partner to ensure the business community has a meaningful voice in policies that affect them all?

 

“The city and the chamber can partner in a number of ways. I know that about three months ago I contacted the chamber after I visited another town in the state of Texas that had some signage going on downtown that was very, very positive and that was geared toward bringing businesses and community together, kind of a way of raising the profile of the city council and also the chamber and I wanted to see if we could work together, we did talk with Mainstreet as well. I think those types of partnerships between the city and private entities are important, especially community-based entities like the Chamber of Commerce. So, I would like to see the chamber coming to city council more often and discussing the needs of the city that they see. Especially during this pandemic, when we have so many people who are experiencing so many difficulties, it’s important that the line of communication remains open but more than that it’s important that we work together to provide for all of our citizens. And I think that right now, particularly since so many people are in danger of losing their businesses, businesses that they put every last dollar in and that our citizens have come to count on in some cases. And that we have that open line of communication and that we work together along with the GSMP in order to make certain that everything we do is in the best interest of our citizens.”

A Message to Voters

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Shane Scott

What is your message to voters?

“I’m Shane Scott, thank you for watching this, I’m running again for very specific reasons to bring back stability within our community. We have no voice within the business community and we’re losing a lot of important values that we had that made people stay in this community. And being a family person and raising kids here, I want to make sure that they have the same opportunities, if not more than I had. So, I think it’s critical and I’d appreciate your vote.”

Mark Rockeymoore

What is your message to voters?

“We are in a strange, wondrous, and terrific, and by terrific I mean terrible time right now. Not just in San Marcos but across the world. We are divided and that division has led to an extremity of positions being held by many people. And between the extreme poles, there is a centerline. There is a way that we can travel forward together and work together in order to create an environment of growth and prosperity in this city and in this region and in this state that we all love. It’s necessary that we do that now because frankly, we do not have time to fight, the way that we have been fighting. There are too many negative externalities and the climate and in the business environment that we have to address together and as we continue through this portentous time together we have to find a way to be able to discuss the things that we must in order to make sure that our train doesn’t go off the rails. We can only do that together. One side can’t do it without the other, the other side can’t do it without the one. And what that means is that beyond our differences, we share many things in common. We all have children that we want to prosper in a world that’s increasingly dangerous and that’s moving into an uncertain future that we can’t see or understand and we want to provide for them. I see my position here in San Marcos as a bridge between the past and the future. Everything that I do on city council is to prepare for the millennials, to prepare for Gen Z  to take charge, and to do that we have to overcome some of the structures of the past and it may be painful to those who are holding onto the past, but we must do it. The world is changing and there is nothing we can do about that it’s the nature of things, it’s always been that way, so for us, now to come together despite our differences, hopefully, we can, and we can make the changes necessary for our children. Yours and mine.”