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 feedback 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 Tuesday, January 24, at a meeting of the Comal Independent School District Student Advisory Committee, Planning and Community Development Director Christopher Looney engaged local high school students in an interactive dialogue about Envision New Braunfels.

Assisted by Texas State University interns Emilio Levario and Katherine Crowe, the students learned about careers, comprehensive planning, and Envision New Braunfels. 

This event also provided students with an opportunity to put their real-world planning skills to the test!

Teens worked together in small groups to prepare land use maps illustrating future visions for the Creekside area. Then, each student team shared their vision and land use strategies with the group.

See each team’s vision below.


Teens worked together in small groups.

Teens worked together in small groups.

Each team prepared land use maps illustrating future visions for the Creekside area.

Each team prepared land use maps illustrating future visions for the Creekside area.

Then, each student team shared their visions and land use strategies with the group.

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.

Public input about the vision gathered through interactive dialogue at this event can be viewed below.

Envision New Braunfels is an 18-month process during which many opportunities for input from community members, alongside nine Plan Element Advisory Groups, are underway. For additional information about the January 16 event, please visit the Chamber website.

On November 29, more than 230 community and Planning Element Advisory Group members gathered for the first Visioning Workshop of Envision New Braunfels.

The dialogue featured activities that introduced the plan, explored strengths and opportunities, and collected input on the community’s vision for the project.

Activity highlights included:

Strengths and Opportunities Posters

Through a strengths and opportunities sticky note activity, community members brainstormed ideas for the future of New Braunfels. 

Through a strengths and opportunities sticky note activity, community members brainstormed ideas for the future of New Braunfels. 

An “About Me” icebreaker introduced Planning Element Advisory Groups, community members and Steering Committee liaisons to each other.

An “About Me” icebreaker introduced Planning Element Advisory Groups, community members and Steering Committee liaisons to each other.