The master plan is wrapping up, but the planning is not over!
Over the next two years, the City and its stakeholders will work to:
- Create a New Zoning District over the site: current zoning rules at the site would allow for taller buildings and prohibit some of the unique design features. Making sure that the development regulations allow for the project will be the first step.
- Construct the Public Works Facility: this would be done to house the city operations still at the site. The site currently hosts the solid waste and streets and drainage divisions of the City of New Braunfels. Relocating them to a new site out of the downtown area remains a top priority.
- Qualify Development Groups: the master planning process helps the City and its stakeholders understand what was possible on the site. The work will now turn to identifying those potential partners that have a proven track record of delivering similar, high quality projects in communities.
- Establish a Design Review Committee: establishing the approval process for the site's development remains a critical component. A citizen review committee is recommended that would approve all construction plans and final designs for the project's site. This level of review does not currently exist for any other property in the City of New Braunfels, but it is important to ensure that the vision and quality of the Master Plan is realized.
- Solicit Request for Proposals: ultimately, the private sector should compete to develop the project. Requesting detailed proposals will be done and citizens will be involved in the review of these proposals from developers.
- Negotiate and Approve a Development Agreement: finally, the City will structure a long-term and beneficial partnership with the selected developer.