Efforts of residents, property owners, business and community stakeholders, has culminated in a public hearing draft of the Envision New Braunfels Comprehensive Plan — a plan designed to enhance the city’s quality of life over the next 15-plus years.

The project’s steering committee included Ron Reaves (Chair) Councilman, District 3; Michael Meek, President, New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce; Scott Haag, Comal County Commissioner, Precinct 2; Andrew Kim, Superintendent, Comal ISD; Jack Shanafelt, Guadalupe County Commissioner, Precinct 2; Stuart Hansmann, President, New Braunfels Economic Development Corporation; Randy Moczygemba, Superintendent, New Braunfels ISD; Atanacio Campos, Vice President, NBU Board; and Cory Elrod, Chairman, Planning Commission.

Nine assembled advisory groups focused on issues surrounding growth and future land use; urban design and cultural, heritage and historic preservation; education and youth; parks and recreation; economic competitiveness; tourism; transportation; natural resources and infrastructure; and facilities, services and capital improvements.

“Recognition goes to everyone who helped put together a comprehensive vision for New Braunfels,” Reaves said. “Because of them, we were able to put together a guide book, not a how-to book, which defines our values and our vision for New Braunfels. When people come here – seeking business or residential – we’ll be able to show them the comprehensive plan, which states our values, what we believe in and welcome them to become part of it.”

Christopher Looney, Planning and Community Development Director, and consultants from Design Workshop will present the draft plan to the New Braunfels Planning Commission on July 3.

The final draft of Envision New Braunfels will be presented for City Council adoption later this summer.

The plan can be viewed at envisionnewbraunfels.org.

On Monday, April 16, at a Chamber Board of Directors meeting, City Council Member Ron Reaves and City Planning Director Christopher Looney shared updates on Envision New Braunfels.

Envision New Braunfels is an overarching, long range vision born out of broad input from resident. The plan will supersede the previous plan, adopted in 1999 and updated in 2006.

To date, Envision New Braunfels has included kickoff, visioning, goals, key findings, actions and scenarios phases. It is currently in the phase in which a document is being finalized. The next step is review and approval by the City Planning Commission, then consideration by the City Council.

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Photograph courtesy of the Greater New Braunfels Economic Development Foundation.

 

 

Councilman Ron Reaves and City Planning Director Christopher Looney provided an update on Envision New Braunfels to the members of the Economic Development Foundation at their recent meeting. The event was held at the McKenna Events Center where members heard of the innovation being employed in the new plan, asked questions, and gained insight about the community-driven process. 

200 attendees were present to hear about Envision New Braunfels and the Economic Impact of Tourism in our community.

Photo: New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung - http://herald-zeitung.com

 

 

Planning and Community Development Director Christopher Looney provided an updated on Envision New Braunfels to the members of the Hispanic Business Alliance (HBA) at their recent breakfast meeting. The event was held at the Chamber of Commerce’s Honors Hall where HBA members heard of the innovation being employed in the new plan, asked questions, and gained insight about the community-driven process. Attendees were invited to participate through continued engagement, including taking the latest online poll regarding growth scenarios.

Planning and Community Development Director Christopher Looney provided an update on Envision New Braunfels to local members of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees at one of their regular meetings. Held at the Comal County Senior Center, approximately 25 attendees learned about the status of plan development, gained insights into goals the citizens have been providing, and asked questions about the community-driven process and specific planning issues in the community. Attendees were also invited to participate through continued engagement, taking the latest online poll regarding growth scenarios, and/or providing direct input to City staff or advisory committee members.

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At an annual meeting of RE/MAX River Cities, Planning and Community Development Director Christopher Looney gave local and area realtors an update on Envision New Braunfels. Attendees of the event at the Civic/Convention Center learned of the innovative input tools that have been employed in the development of the plan, asked questions and gained insight about the community-driven process, and saw some examples of goals, strategies and actions currently being finalized. Attendees were invited to participate through continued engagement by taking the latest online poll regarding growth scenarios, and/or providing direct input to City staff or advisory committee members.

The City of New Braunfels and the Envision New Braunfels Steering Committee invited the community to the fourth workshop for the comprehensive plan update. This open house style event was held at the New Braunfels Civic/Convention Center.

At this fourth workshop, the New Braunfels community viewed goals and strategies that resulted from the Vision and Key Findings workshops, and provided feedback on a future growth scenario for the draft plan.

The event was held from 3:30 - 7:30pm. 

PLANNING ELEMENT ADVISORY GROUP MEMBERS GATHERED FOR THE ENVISION NEW BRAUNFELS KEY FINDINGS WORKSHOP ON OCTOBER 30, 2017

The City of New Braunfels and the Envision New Braunfels Steering Committee invited the community to the third workshop for the comprehensive plan update. This event was held at the New Braunfels Civic/Convention Center and built on the goals drafted at the Visioning Workshop held on March 6, 2017.

Plan Element Advisory Groups, made up of interested citizens, residents, property owners and other stakeholders, participated in this Key Findings workshop. At this third workshop, the groups focused on prioritizing the strategies to accomplish the goals drafted during the Visioning Workshop. 

The October 30th workshop was held in two sessions. The Tourism; Urban Design, Cultural, Heritage and Historic Preservation; and Transportation groups met at 4:00 p.m., while the Economic Competitiveness; Facilities, Services and Capital Improvements; and Natural Resources and Infrastructure groups met at 6:30 p.m. The Education and Youth, Growth and Future Land Use, and Parks and Recreation groups met at both times.

On Tuesday, September 19, the Education & Youth Plan Element Advisory Group met.  Randy Moczygemba, NBISD Superintendent presented information and answered questions regarding current status, plans and enrollment numbers for the district. The advisory group vetted and further developed the draft goals coming out of the March 6th workshop, other public outreach and the online poll.

On August 31st, the Growth & Future Land Use Plan Element Advisory Group met to update the draft goals.  The group heard about existing plans, current conditions, new development concepts, and the difference between zoning and future land use from the City's Planning and Community Development Director, Christopher Looney.  They then discussed population, land use, real estate development, financing, workforce housing, walkability and a plethora of other land use related topics.  The group further developed the draft goals coming out of the March 6th workshop, online poll and outreach events.

Click here to download the presentation from this meeting.

The Urban Design & Cultural, Heritage and Historic Preservation Plan Element Advisory Group met on Wednesday, August 9.  We heard about existing plans and current conditions from the City's Historic Preservation Officer, Amy McWhorter.  The group spent time updating and further developing the draft goals coming out of the March 6th workshop, online poll and outreach events.

Click here to download the presentation from this meeting.

The Facilities, Services & Capital Improvements Plan Element Advisory Group met on Wednesday, July 12.  Assistant City Manager Bryan Woods answered group member questions and provided updates on capital projects underway, as well as progress on future planned projects. The advisory group discussed the draft goals coming out of the March 6th workshop and online poll, and made changes and additions.

Click here to download the Facilities, Services & Capital Improvements Plan goals.

 

On Thursday, July 6, the Tourism Plan Element Advisory Group met. Judy Young and Tyler Hoffmann of the Convention and Visitor's arm of the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce shared information and answered questions regarding current programs and baseline conditions. Amy Niles, River Operations Manager was also on hand to provide info and answer questions. The advisory group discussed the draft goals coming out of the March 6th workshop and online poll, and made some changes and additions.

Click here to download the Tourism draft goals.

 

On Wednesday, June 28, the Economic Competitiveness Plan Element Advisory Group met. Mike Meek, President of the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, and Jeff Jewell the City's Economic Development Manager presented information and answered questions regarding current policies and baseline conditions. They also discussed the recently adopted Strategic Plan. The advisory group revised the draft goals coming out of the March 6th workshop as well as from the online poll.

Click here to download the presentation given at the June 28 Economic Competitiveness Meeting.

Click here to download the Economic Competitiveness draft goals.

The Hispanic Business Alliance hosted a Fun Day at Eikel Park on Saturday, June 24 from 10 AM to 1 PM. Comprehensive plan staff attended and discussed the future of New Braunfels with neighbors. A tremendous amount of input was gathered that will further inform the long range goal development. The HBA assists in promoting, advocating, and educating the local Hispanic community as they seek opportunities for success.

The Parks and Recreation Plan Element Advisory Group met on Monday, June 19. Jerry Millership, Parks & Recreation Advisory Board Member, and Stacey Laird Dicke, the City’s Parks and Recreation Department Director, were on hand to share information about existing conditions and current plans under way. The advisory group worked further on the draft goals coming out of the March 6th workshop as well as from the online poll.

Click here to download the presentation given at the June 19 Parks and Recreation Meeting. 

Click here to download the Parks and Recreation draft goals.

The Transportation Plan Element Advisory Group met on Tuesday, June 13.  The group heard about existing plans and current conditions from City Engineer Garry Ford.  Afterwards they reviewed the draft goals coming out of the March 6th workshop as well as from the online poll, and made adjustments and updates.

Click here to download the presentation given at the June 13 Transportation Meeting.

Click here to download the Transportation draft goals.

At the Movies in the Park event at the Landa Park Dance Slab on Friday, March 17, the city of New Braunfels presented Disney-Pixar’s Cars, a movie about an Interstate Highway bypassing a friendly, small town. Prior to the showing, City Planning Manager Stacy Snell hosted an interactive discussion with kids and families about the Comprehensive Plan. Stacy discussed New Braunfels, town pride, and how residents can participate in the Envision New Braunfels planning effort to express their desires about the future of New Braunfels. As a part of the discussion, Stacy shared an activity sheet with the kids to be included in the Comprehensive Plan. If you didn’t get a chance to attend the event, the activity sheets can be downloaded here.

Please send to Stacy Snell at SSnell@nbtexas.org, or by mail to:
Stacy Snell, AICP, CNU-A
Planning Manager | Planning and Community Development
550 Landa St | New Braunfels, TX 78130

PLANNING ELEMENT ADVISORY GROUP MEMBERS GATHERED FOR THE ENVISION NEW BRAUNFELS GOALS WORKSHOP ON MARCH 6, 2017

The City of New Braunfels and the Envision New Braunfels Steering Committee invited the community to the second workshop for the comprehensive plan update. This community-wide event focused on plan goal setting and was held at the New Braunfels Civic/Convention Center at 375 S. Castell Avenue.

Plan Element Advisory Groups, made up of approximately 300 interested citizens, residents, property owners and other stakeholders, with more being added daily, participated in the event. At this second workshop, the nine working groups focused on drafting goals, which builds upon the first workshop focused on visioning held November 29, 2016.

The March 6 workshop was held in two segments: the Economic Competitiveness; Facilities, Services and Capital Improvements; and Transportation groups met at 4:00 p.m., while the Natural Resources and Infrastructure; Tourism; and Urban Design, Cultural, Heritage and Historic Preservation groups met at 6:30 p.m. The Education and Youth, Growth and Future Land Use, and Parks and Recreation groups met at both times. The aim of this approach was to provide as much time as possible for each Plan Element Advisory Group, and to provide options for participants to work on multiple groups.

Activity Highlights

Missed the March 6 Meeting?

Take our ONLINE POLL to provide feedback on the draft goals created by each group, share your ideas for new goals and complete an interactive mapping exercise.

Each workshop session began with a presentation of the Envision New Braunfels timeline, process and activity instructions.

Plan Element Advisory Group Members worked together to brainstorm draft goals for the comprehensive plan.

Each Plan Element Advisory Group explored future land uses through a team mapping exercise.