Land Development Ordinance

  1. Background
  2. What is an LDO?
  3. Why Update the LDO?
  4. Public Input

The City of New Braunfels is working to review, analyze, and prepare an assessment of the City’s land development regulations, including the zoning, subdivision, historic preservation, and signs ordinances. This project represents the first update to these ordinances since 2006, and the first comprehensive update since 1987. It will result in the integration of the separate ordinances into a single, unified land development ordinance.LDO TIimeline-01

Community Feedback on Initial Survey

The initial survey to collect community feedback on priorities for the LDO rewrite garnered 761 responses. Thank you to every resident who took the time to respond, since your replies are an important component in developing a community-driven code for the built environment.

Resident concerns covered a broad array of topics, but some general themes were apparent.

  • The rapid rate of growth in New Braunfels is a source of concern, since it threatens the character that initially draws people to New Braunfels. The regulations have struggled to keep pace with the City’s growth.  
  • There is a need for better protection of the historic buildings that contribute to the city’s unique character.
  • There is a desire for more green space, and better protection of trees in the community.
  • Rapid development is generating opposition to more development, particularly large increases in density on the periphery.
  • The increase in traffic and congestion is a quality of life issue, with existing roads inadequate to handle increased demand. There is a lack of parking in and around downtown.

The detailed compilation of responses has thousands of comments, and runs to over 100 pages. Download a sample of survey responses reflective of the themes identified above. 

A full summary of responses is available by emailing ldo@newbraunfels.gov

Code Assessment Report

A first important step in the LDO rewrite process is the Code Assessment Report. This Report is a detailed, section-by-section analysis of the code, that incorporates input received during initial stakeholder interviews, and feedback from the initial community resident survey. The Report covers the current zoning, subdivision platting, sign, and historic preservation ordinances.

The Report addresses:   

  • Strengths and weaknesses of the existing ordinances related to specific topics;  
  • Options and alternatives for approaching issues identified in the code rewrite; and
  • A proposed new structure that combines zoning, subdivision platting, historic preservation, and sign ordinances into one integrated LDO.  

The report allows the public, development stakeholders, elected and appointed officials, the Citizens Advisory Committee, and City staff the opportunity to review the overall structure of the proposed revisions before the actual code drafting begins, providing an early opportunity to make corrections or suggest other approaches before significant time and resources are invested in actual drafting.

Zoning Module

The first installment of the LDO project has been completed. A rough draft of the zoning module is available for public review, input, suggestions, etc. Public workshops have been scheduled for in-person participation in further ordinance development (for more information please reference the Public Input tab at the top of this page). But, anyone can provide input any time by emailing yourthoughts to ldo@newbraunfels.gov. We invite everyone to review both the assessment report and the draft zoning module and share feedback.

Questions?

If you have a question or comment, please contact us at ldo@newbraunfels.gov.