Planning in Boerne
As the State of Texas continues to grow, elected officials, City leadership, and Boerne Utilities leaders have spent decades ensuring we remain prudent in preparing and planning for growth in our own community – which includes public infrastructure, green space, water availability, and compatible land use. With multiple ways to include resident input throughout the process, we remain committed to planning what our community will look like decades from now and how we can best prepare to handle the needs of a growing population.
Working with independent consultant Mobile Digital Insights, the City was able to gauge residents’ opinions on quality of life, development/growth, services provided by the City, and priorities for the future. The anonymous survey also allows the City of Boerne to compare its results with those of communities across the state and country. Results from these surveys and other public comment periods have been included in the City's plans for the future.
The Boerne Master Plan identifies key challenges and opportunities, defines goals and objectives, develops a strategic vision, and establishes implementation strategies to be achieved over 10 years. Community elements considered in this plan include land use, mobility, community facilities and services, economic development, and livability. The resulting plan is representative of input from residents and stakeholders and includes achievable actions to be enacted by the City and its partners.
Unified Development Code
The Unified Development Code was adopted in 2021 and is the first major project to come form the 2018 Boerne Master Plan. The Unified Development Code combines various ordinances into one document, clarifying the development process and strengthening the City’s ability to promote sustainable development.
Rolling Ten-Year Plan
The Rolling Ten-Year Plan is an organizational document that brings together and highlights key components, recommendations, and implementation priorities of all the major planning documents for the City of Boerne. It includes not only plans from the original 2018 Master Plan, but also items from the 2017 Parks Master Plan and annual Capital Improvement Plan. It summarizes each of the individual documents and provides one source for elected officials and the community to go to look at key highlights and recommendations from each plan.
As a result of planning for future growth, the City of Boerne has gone from having one source of potable water in the 1970s (underground wells), to having three water sources today (Boerne City Lake, Guadalupe Blanco River Authority, and underground wells). Additionally, we have one of the largest retail reclaimed water systems in Texas allowing residential customers in some neighborhoods to use treated gray water for irrigation.
Our projections show that Boerne Utilities will have the ability to service a population of 40,000 people with water. Created in 2021 by the Boerne City Council, the Kendall County Water Planning Committee was tasked with developing a water plan designed to moderate water consumption, protect water resources, seek out and evaluate potential new water sources, maximize efficient use of existing water sources, and identify tools for water conservation.
Since 1974, the City of Boerne has been looking ahead to ensure our mobility system can handle the future growth. The Major Thoroughfare Plan (MTP) is a formal planning document to provide for an efficient and appropriate thoroughfare system if an undeveloped piece of land is proposed for development. Cities and counites across the state utilize this tool, including Kendall County, Kerrville, Marble Falls, and New Braunfels.
The intended use of the Thoroughfare Plan is to provide for future connectivity if development occurs. On the map, potential future roadways and trails are shown as dashed lines. These are intended to provide the ultimate function of roadways as arterials or collectors in the City's transportation network. Final alignments may differ, but the connections are intended to remain between roadway or trail facilities.
Additionally, the Kendall County, Boerne, Fair Oaks Transportation Committee was charged with developing a countywide transportation plan to mitigate current and future traffic congestion in Kendall County in a way that preserves cultural and environmental resources and promotes appropriate economic development. In October 2022, the Committee delivered its final report "County at a Crossroads 2022 - A Citizens' Plan for Transportation in Kendall County." In 2023, the City updated its Thoroughfare Plan, first established in 1974, to incorporate numerous elements of the citizen-led document.