Capital Improvement Plan
The Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) is a planning tool and budget document that outlines the City’s plan to design and build new facilities and infrastructure to support community services and quality of life. The City of New Braunfels has begun the process of creating a new Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). The CIP Plan is a policy document that fits between long-range plans and annual operating budgets. A capital improvement is distinctive from other operations and maintenance city services in that it is a multi-year project to develop and due to its size and cost is typically financed. Projects such as park development or improvements, the construction of new public buildings, new trails, and street widening projects are typical projects included in a CIP.
What is a Capital Improvement Plan?
The Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) is a planning tool and budget document that outlines the City’s plan to design and build new facilities and improve infrastructure to support community services and quality of life. The CIP Plan is a policy document that fits between long-range plans, and annual operating budgets and lists planned Capital Improvements anticipated to begin in the next five years.
How is a Capital Improvement Plan Funded?
Projects within the Capital Improvement plan are funded from various sources, including Grants, Operating Funds, General Obligation Bonds, Economic Development Funds, and State and Federal contributions, among other sources.
What is the City's role in a Capital Improvement Plan?
City staff review department-based needs considering current and future service demands. Coordination occurs across City departments and with community stakeholders and residents to develop a prioritized list of projects that can be accomplished within the City’s existing financial resources.
What is a resident's role in a Capital Improvement Plan?
Residents are a vital part of the development of our Capital Improvement Plan. By providing the City with feedback on current and future priorities or needs within our community, you help the City prioritize project priorities for inclusion in the CIP.
What is the difference between a Captial Improvement Plan and a Capital Program/Project?
A Capital Improvement Plan is a prioritized list of individual Capital Projects that combined with the processes for delivering the projects makes up a Capital Program.
- Das Rec - A community recreation center was first identified as a need in the 2008 Facilities Master Plan and was a top priority in the 2010 Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Master plan. The project was recommended for inclusion in the 2013 Bond program and was passed by voters on May 11th, 2013 with an allocation of $16 Million.
- Alves Lane - This project was identified in the 2003 Drainage Master plan and as a priority for the Watershed Advisory Committee as well as reclassification in the 2012 Thoroughfare Plan to a minor arterial.
- Waterway Lane -The City of New Braunfels is developing the preliminary design for the proposed extension of Waterway Lane, from Gruene Road to Common Street.
- Zipp Family Sports Complex - This Complex, located at the intersection of Klein Rd & FM 1044, will span over 150 acres and include: Soccer, Baseball, Softball, Concessions, Restrooms, Shading, and Parking.
- Comprehensive Plan
Below are the steps that will be taken to develop the City's capital improvement plan. The process will be followed annually to review, prioritize and adopt an improvement plan for the next 5 years.
- Department–based needs. City staff are compiling needs from the service areas they are most familiar with, referencing existing plans and studies, preliminary engineering reports, considering current and future service demands. This includes all potential needs and projects not constrained by any budget.
- Coordination across City departments. Projects from each department are presented and discussed with other departments. Opportunities for combining projects that benefit multiple departments are considered and evaluated in order to implement projects in an efficient manner and to make sure that future projects in one department are supported by others. For example, a new community center without sufficient road access would not be beneficial for the community.
- Coordination with Community Stakeholders. Coordination with other governmental entities in the region that provide services to the public and/or making capital investments in the City is occurring to identify potential partnership opportunities and avoid potential project conflicts during the construction phase. This coordination provides the opportunity for the City to leverage funds.
- Community Survey. The community is being engaged and asked for their input on the capital improvement needs in our community. Is it in Parks, Libraries, flood resilience, traffic mitigation, or other public services? This Survey will be in early-Fall of 2021.
- Draft Plan. Once compiled as a list of needs, the projects will be graded by subject matter experts according to clearly defined criteria within each department in order to help inform the prioritization of projects.
- Prioritization and Adoption. The prioritized, unconstrained list of projects by department alongside community input will be presented to a council-appointed committee to consider, evaluate potential revisions, and prepare for adoption in early 2022.
*Phases may vary based on each project