With a population of over 50,000, the City of New Braunfels has a 3-1/2 mile Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ).
Authority within the ETJ
The City has limited review authority within the ETJ. Such review authority has been granted to cities by the state to ensure such areas that will one day be part of the incorporated city limits will be in keeping with a level of standard used within the city limits. The City has adopted ordinances establishing regulations for subdivision review and off-premise signage.
Through agreements with both Comal and Guadalupe Counties, New Braunfels reviews all proposed subdivision master plans and plats within the ETJ. The purpose of city subdivision review is to ensure that the properties are developed in accordance with the city's standards.
The City's Sign Ordinance prohibits the construction of new off-premise (commonly known as billboards) within the city limits and the ETJ. There are provisions for existing signs that were lawfully constructed prior to the adoption of the Sign Ordinance in 2006.