Park Planning & Development
The City of New Braunfels has over 700 acres of park land that consists of developed parks and undeveloped open space providing a wide variety of recreational opportunities to meet your leisure needs. The Park Development Manager is responsible for park and trail planning, project construction (in conjunction with the Capital Improvements Division), monitoring the Parkland Dedication Ordinance, and grant writing.
For more information about park and trail planning and current park projects contact the Park Development Manager, Ylda Capriccioso at (830) 221-4358 or email@example.com.
Current Park Projects
Park projects are in one of two stages planning or construction. During the planning stages staff, consultants, and the public are engaged to determine the needs, ideas and feasibility of a project. Once funding has been secured for a project the project is in construction stage. Parks and Capital Program staff works closely to manage project bids, construction and delivery of a project.
The City of New Braunfels requires subdivision applicants (residential only) to dedicate land for parks, or to pay a fee that the City can then use to acquire land or develop park facilities. This is known as the Park Land Dedication Ordinance. The City’s first Park Land Dedication and Development Ordinance was passed in 2006. Since that time, population, land values, and other costs associated with park development have increased; therefore, in 2018 revisited and updated the ordinance to reflect current values.
The basic principle of park land dedication ordinances requires development to proportionately share the burden of meeting the needs of a growing community. As land is subdivided for residential development (growth) the demand for new park amenities is preserved through the dedication of park land, or fees paid in-lieu of land, and park development fees are collected to aid the City in the development neighborhood/community park lands to help meet the demand of the new growth.
More specifically, New Braunfels’ parkland dedication requirements use a formula to determine park land requirements and park development fee calculations. These formulas consider current population, current levels of service, and the current cost of land and construction. These values help to establish the elements of a park land dedication ordinance:
1.) Land Requirement, or a fee-in-lieu of land dedication,
2.) Park Development Fee.
For more information please download the Park Land Dedication Manual. It provides details to the ordinance requirements and process to meet the intent of the 2018 Park Land Ordinance.