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File #: 18-346    Name:
Type: Presentation Status: Individual Item Ready
File created: 6/13/2018 In control: City Council
On agenda: 7/9/2018 Final action:
Title: Envision New Braunfels: the Community's Comprehensive Plan
Attachments: 1. Envision-New-Braunfels-180627-Print
Christopher J. Looney, AICP, Planning and Community Development Director
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Envision New Braunfels: the Community's Comprehensive Plan


Council District: Citywide

A comprehensive plan is an over-arching, policy document that guides decision making to reach end-goals. Driven by citizen and stakeholder input, it informs all other plans communities engage in at different hierarchical levels. Time horizons for comprehensive plans range from 15 to 40 years depending on population growth rate. As New Braunfels is presently the 2nd fastest growing city in the nation, much will change (and has been changing) from year to year. Therefore, updates to our plan should be frequent to keep pace with growth.

Envision New Braunfels is an update to the 1999 Comprehensive Plan, which was last updated in 2006. It is a community-driven planning initiative that will guide strategic decision making around core issues such as housing, transportation, urban design, natural resource protection, etc., all to sustain our quality of life in the face of tremendous growth over the next 15-plus years.

Envision New Braunfels has been developed over an almost 2-year process that included data collection; population/demographic analysis; technical expertise from stakeholders throughout the community; City staff, community leaders, and consultant team assistance; and continuous public input. The plan addresses projected growth through goals, strategies and actions that will drive policies, projects and partnerships to improve the built environment, guide development patterns, enhance mobility, increase housing options, and incent regional collaboration.

In the fall of 2016, Design Workshop was hired to assist the community with development of Envision New Braunfels. City Council created a 9 member Steering Committee made up of representatives of the following en...

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