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Parks & Open Space Advisory Commission (POSAC)


The Hays County Parks and Open Space Advisory Commission (POSAC) operates under a Charter that was approved by the Hays County Commissioners Court on March 3, 2020.

The Commission’s role is to establish a democratic, inclusive process to study a parks, open space, and conservation bond program that will yield project recommendations to the Hays County Commissioners Court meant to ensure the confidence and trust of Hays County voters.

The POSAC is composed of 10 members, with each of the five Commissioners Court members making two recommendations, confirmed by vote of the full Court. The POSAC, with organizational support and structural guidance from a consultant hired by Hays County, will establish its own operating procedures (in compliance with this charter) and elect its own Chairperson and Vice-Chair(s).

Current POSAC Members

Jim Camp                     Kathryn Nichols (Vice-chair)
Burt Dement                Lori Olson (Vice-chair)
Laura Dupont              Lisa Prewitt
Carolyn Gonzales        Scott Tomhave
Blanca Lova                  Scott Way (Chair)

All meetings are open to the public, with notice of meetings provided to each POSAC member and shared publicly at least seventy-two (72) hours in advance.

Next POSAC Meeting:  Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Meeting Agenda for July 8 meeting

In light of emergency measures related to coronavirus pandemic, the POSAC meeting will be conducted via ZOOM technology.

Citizens who want to be included in the Zoom meeting to either offer Public Comment or to simply listen in, must send a request to join the meeting to MeetingPlanner no later than 2 p.m. on the day of the meeting. Please indicate if you want to make public comment so adequate time can be planned.

POSAC Zoom meetings will be recorded and posted on Facebook following the meeting: 

POSAC Meeting Calendar
(locations TBD; unless otherwise noted, times are always 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.)

Upcoming Meetings:
July 8
July 22

Call for Parks, Natural Areas and Open Space Projects
Hays County and members of POSAC are calling for projects to be considered for inclusion in a potential Hays County Parks & Open Space bond initiative and/or a partnership program.

All project sponsors must submit their project online via a Project Information Form, or PIF, at the link to Google Form below.


*Please note, all projects must be submitted via the online form.

To download and review a PDF copy of the online questionnaire, click here.                                    

Further, POSAC is asking that ALL PROJECTS submit a project map and other supporting visual documents in PDF format by emailing them to Hays County Natural Resource Coordinator. Please limit maps and visual documents to <10MB and no more than five (5) pages.

Key Documents
POSAC Charter
POSAC Bylaws
2012 Parks, Open Spaces, & Natural Areas Master Plan
POSAC Project Scoring Sheet

Meeting Minutes
3/7/20 Minutes
3/25/20 Minutes
4/08/20 Minutes

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