- February 2021 Topic: MPC Branding (benefits of the charrette process); Guest speaker: Tom Woliver, Oxland Group; Takeaways: 1) Start the vision/canvas session (2-3 days) at the beginning of the development and not as an afterthought once all cost, plans, and engineering has been completed; 2) For resistant municipalities, invite them to the canvas process so they can buy-in to the vision; 3) Have a strong team (planners, architects, marketing, creative types, etc.) and trust them to do their work; you can “bring everything back to earth” at the end of the session.
- January 2021 Topic: Reflection upon 2020 and what’s on the horizon for 2021; Takeaways: 1) Discovery Land developing private golf course community in Driftwood near the Salt Lick with homesites starting at $1MM; 2) City of Austin and Travis County still very unpredictable and slow in responding to plan submissions; 3) Class A apartments doing fine but Classes B and C suffering.
- September 2020 Topic: Amenities; Takeaways: 1) Trails remain highly popular, especially in light of COVID; 2) Fitness stations at trails sound good but not used very often; 3) Consider fitness amenities near the amenity center, as well as outdoor events.
- August 2020 Topic: BDX to discuss how housing preferences are changing both generally and in light of the pandemic. Takeaways: 1) How home shoppers preferences are changing both before and during the pandemic; 2) Consumer preferences for community amenities; 3) Virtual home shopping and how it affects master planned community developments.
- July 2020 Topic: Entitlements; Takeaways: 1) Entitlements are important to the development process; 2) Each municipality has it’s own process; 3) Not all municipalities are as open to deviations from their standards.
- June 2020 Topic: Hipsturbia; Takeaways: 1) Hipsters and Millennials are looking for more from their neighborhoods/homes; 2) More inclusive and diverse neighborhoods, amenities, and services; 3) More purpose to the spaces; 4) More access to delivery options for food, groceries, and other necessities.
- May 2020 Topic: How the current pandemic situation is affecting development world; Takeaways: 1) Development projects are being pushed forward; 2) Companies are taking safety steps to keep employees and guests as safe as possible; 3) MPCs will mostly remain the same, but will likely have more outdoorsy areas and more shared spaces going forward.
- April 2020 The council released and then reviewed a survey.
- January 2020 Continued discussion of outcomes from meeting with City of San Marcos and planned topics for future meetings
- December 2019 Reviewed outcomes from meeting with elected officials and city staff at City of San Marcos
- November 2019 Met with representatives from City of San Marcos