The City of New Braunfels is continuing the process of updating local development-related ordinances, and continues to seek input from the public throughout that process, including a series of upcoming workshops...
The City of New Braunfels is continuing the process of updating local development-related ordinances, and continues to seek input from the public throughout that process, including a series of upcoming workshops.
The Land Development Ordinance project, or LDO, is a rewrite of the Zoning, Subdivision Platting, Historic Preservation, and Sign Ordinances. These ordinances, adopted by City Council, outline local requirements for how to layout subdivisions, what can be built on lots, and how to design commercial signage. A publicly-developed assessment regarding the ability of these codes to effectively implement the City’s long-range plan (called Envision New Braunfels) was completed in the spring of 2022. Based on that assessment, and continuous public input, a rough draft of a revised Zoning Ordinance has been prepared.
Zoning is a tool that cities use to ensure compatibility of land uses. “Through lot shapes and sizes, building dimensions, parking standards, and other rules, zoning can have a significant impact on the form of places,” City Planning Director Christopher Looney noted. “New Braunfels’ current zoning districts were written in the 1960’s and 1980’s, therefore the rules achieve what was desired then; but they do not achieve what our community wants today.”
The City has scheduled several workshops where the public can participate in further revising the draft Zoning ordinance:
- Citizens Advisory Committee Meeting: November 30, 2022 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm
- Community Workshop: November 30, 2022 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
- Technical Advisory Committee Meeting: December 1, 2022 - 9:00am to 10:30am
All three meetings will be held in the Tejas Room at New Braunfels City Hall, located at 550 Landa St.
“All of the workshops are open to the public,” said Looney. “We were impressed with the level and detail of input received in the surveys we received last winter, and we are excited to continue working with residents to shape the future of New Braunfels’ built environment.”
Please visit the Land Development Ordinance project section of the City of New Braunfels website for more information, and input can be provided by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org