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.
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.
The Natural Resources & Infrastructure Plan Element Advisory Group met on August 2. The City's Watershed Program Manager, Mark Enders, provided an overview of plans and projects, and answered questions from attendees. The advisory group members further developed the draft goals, making improvements and additions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, MEMBERS OF THE DOWNTOWN ROTARY CLUB HEARD A PRESENTATION ON COMMUNITY GROWTH AND ENVISION NEW BRAUNFELS.
Over a lunch meeting, Downtown Rotary members were provided information on population and development growth in and surrounding New Braunfels, and received an overview of the Envision New Braunfels plan process. Attendees learned of the innovative opportunities to provide input into the plan, the qualities of the process that make it community-driven, and inquired and provided input on a variety of growth related topics including annexation, ETJ and the thoroughfare plan.
Attendees were also invited to attend the next Community-Wide workshop on March 6, 2017 to help their fellow residents craft the community’s long-range goals.
ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2, STUDENTS OF CITY UNIVERSITY LEARNED ABOUT ENVISION NEW BRAUNFELS FROM THE PLANNING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.
City University is a program that provides the citizens of New Braunfels the opportunity to receive an in depth education about the services and operations provided by the City. The participants graduate with a greater understanding of municipal operations through an interactive learning experience. On Thursday evening, February 2, the Planning and Community Development Department provided an overview of their department, services provided and current projects. Students learned about Envision New Braunfels and even had the opportunity to provide input directly into the planning effort. Their input can be seen below.
ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2, AT A REGULAR MEETING OF THE KIWANIS CLUB, PLANNING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR CHRISTOPHER LOONEY PROVIDED ATTENDEES INFORMATION ON COMMUNITY GROWTH AND THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN.
Over a lunch meeting, Kiwanis members heard an update on population growth and development in New Braunfels, and received a personal overview of the Envision New Braunfels effort. Attendees learned of the innovative opportunities to provide input into the plan, and inquired and provided input about a variety of growth related topics including regional growth centers that can accommodate live, work and play in a concentrated area. Attendees were also invited to attend the next Community-Wide workshop on March 6, 2017 to help their fellow residents craft the community’s long-range goals.
ON MONDAY, JANUARY 16, AT A CHAMBER BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING, CITY COUNCIL MEMBER RON REAVES PRESENTED ON THE STATUS AND OUTLOOK FOR ENVISION NEW BRAUNFELS.
Envision New Braunfels is a city-wide effort to develop a vision and ‘roadmap’ for New Braunfels’ future through 2030. Review public input about the vision gathered at this event.