Mobility and Transportation Planning
How We Plan
Mobility and transportation planning in Boerne and Kendall County have always been a multilayered process. State law allows cities to create transportation plans per Local Government Code, Title 7, Chapter 213. The City of Boerne utilizes the transportation and mobility plans detailed below.
Why We Plan
As we have seen in recent year years, several large, multi-generational ranches near Boerne have been sold. Those new owners have the ability to develop their properties because Texas is a property rights state. The City has some ability to manage the overall development and its infrastructure, such as roads and sidewalks, to a degree that fits the overall plan laid out in the Major Thoroughfare Plan (MTP).
Because the City has the MTP in place, when a property has changed owners or uses, the City of Boerne has been able to require the developers to either set aside right-of-way or build roads and sidewalks that are part of the overall thoroughfare plan. Through 2024, this occurred for 12 different projects. Those public roads and sidewalks were paid for by the developer and not taxpayers. The only road laid out in the 1974 MTP that has ever been built with public funds was the Herff Road extension, which was approved by Kendall County voters in 2011.
Current Transportation Plans
Listed below are the various transportation and mobility plans, initiated and supported by the City of Boerne. These include updates to existing roads, future mobility connectivity, and safety improvements for pedestrians and cyclists.
KCBFOTC - Kendall County Boerne Fair Oaks Transportation Committee
The Kendall County Boerne Fair Oaks Transportation Committee (KCBFOTC) was established in 2019 to "develop a county-wide 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.”
The committee met over 100 times, in spite of losing a full year to COVID-19; various subcommittees also met countless times to work on specific projects and policies. In an effort to improve upon the traffic plans of the past several years, the committee was made up of 20 individuals who either live or work in the community, and importantly did not include any outside agencies or consultants.
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.
Mobility Master Plan
The City of Boerne Mobility Master Plan (MMP) is a long-range plan that seeks to create a safer, more accessible, and more efficient transportation network that improves the quality of life for Boerne residents. This plan includes the collaboration of a variety of jurisdictions and organizations as well as an extensive public involvement process used to identify transportation goals, future projects, and policies as the City of Boerne continues to grow.
The MMP process used alternative scenarios to plan for capital projects to be implemented within the next 10-15 years in Boerne. This MMP report documents the development process, outlines the goals and projects identified as a result, details recommended policies as well as serves as an implementation plan for future development.
The Mobility Master Plan was approved by City Council on April 11, 2023.
Major Thoroughfare Plan
The City of Boerne 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. The plan, which works in conjunction with the City’s Future Land Use Plan, helps provide alternatives for future connectivity between existing roadways and recommends and preserves right-of-way widths. As for those who do not utilize a vehicle to get around, the plan gives opportunities for bicycles and pedestrians to share the right-of-way.
The intended use of the Major 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.
The City of Boerne created its first MTP in 1974 and it has been updated several times since then. Cities and counites across the state utilize this tool, including Kendall County, Kerrville, Marble Falls, and New Braunfels. Listed under "Past Planning Efforts" is a more detailed breakdown of the various updates to the MTP over the years.
Locally, both Boerne's and Kendall County's plans focus on connectivity and mobility at the local level. It is not a planning tool for TxDOT and it does not plan for the building of highways – that is a function of TxDOT. Additionally, the City's plan does not define the final alignment of roadways, it does not provide any environmental studies of the alignments, it does not provide final construction documents for any roadways, nor does it define timing or priority of future roadways.
The updated Major Thoroughfare Plan was approved by City Council on April 11, 2023.
City of Boerne Pedestrian and Bicycle Study and Recommendations
The City of Boerne Bicycle and Pedestrian Study supports and builds on existing City plans, policies, and initiatives. Future efforts to implement the recommendations of this study should also support the goals of these pre-existing plans and policy documents in order to facilitate implementation in a consistent manner.
These cumulative initiatives strengthen the efforts to enhance walking and bicycling, as well as a more fiscally sustainable and efficient transportation system, by building off of the consistencies between stated local and regional visions. This study is intended to improve walking and bicycling in Boerne through the identification of a preferred bicycle/pedestrian system network in the City and through the prioritization of projects that can be incorporated into regional, state, and federal funding initiatives.
Past Planning Efforts
There have been several past planning initiatives in which the City of Boerne, Kendall County, and the residents of our community have participated. Some of these efforts are detailed below.
Thoroughfare Planning Citizen Committee | 2007
The genesis of the committee was the community reaction to the Texas Department of Transportation’s proposal for a so-called “Southern Relief Route.” The Kendall County Commissioners Court submitted a resolution to TXDOT in October 2005 asking TXDOT to recall the published maps and further asking TXDOT enter into a cooperative effort with the Commissioners Court, the City of Boerne, and local citizen groups to clearly define the needs, objectives, and development of any future mobility planning effecting Kendall County.
TXDOT apparently interpreted the Commissioners Court's action as opposition to any TXDOT activity in Kendall County and removed funding for all proposed projects in the county. The Commissions Court appointed a citizens committee to identify mobility needs and they proposed solutions that included increasing road capacity and adding new roads in and around Boerne and Kendall County.
The Citizen Committee released its plans in May 2007, which outlined 15 projects across Boerne and Kendall County and included the creation of a future county arterial road connecting Highway 46 to I-10 around Boerne.
R/UDAT (Regional Urban Design Assistance Team) | 2008
As of its 2006 Master Plan update, the City of Boerne sought a multi-disciplinary team of nationally recognized community planning professionals to assist the launch of three priority Master Plan initiatives: Civic Campus, Central Business District, and Cibolo Creek. All three are located in the “Heart of Boerne,” and the pulse and health of these project areas are paramount to maintaining and enhancing the vitality and viability of the community.
The R/UDAT visioning process helped ensure that the community was a vital component in the process as plans are developed, embraced, and later implemented for the enjoyment and security of future generations. Boerne was at a juncture in its evolution as a Hill Country destination and bedroom community to San Antonio, the seventh largest city in the United States. The city was about to undertake several important long-term planning and infrastructure initiatives to address the developing growth and quality-of-life issues that come with communities proximate to large U.S. cities.
City of Boerne Thoroughfare Plan Updates | 2010, 2017, 2019
The City has used a Major Thoroughfare Plan (MTP) to plan for future roadway networks since the initial MTP was adopted in 1974. As the community began to see significant growth in the mid-2000s, the City first did a major update in 2010, with subsequent updates in 2017 and 2019. The MTP is a planning tool to provide for future connectivity if development occurs along the identified routes to provide the ultimate function of roadways as arterials or collectors in the City's transportation network.
Kendall Gateway Study | 2015-2018
In 2015, TxDOT, in partnership with Kendall County and the City of Boerne, began studying what was later known as the Kendall Gateway Study. It was a feasibility study to identify potential alternatives to relieve traffic congestion in Kendall County and the City of Boerne. The Kendall Gateway Study was created by a joint resolution between Kendall County and the City of Boerne. The primary goal of the study was to identify solutions that could provide improved mobility as the area continues to grow.
The study area was within Kendall County. The plan contained numerous recommendations for improving mobility across Kendall County, including a proposed loop around Boerne. Upon rejection of the plan by Kendall County Commissioners, TxDOT discontinued its work on the study due to a lack of support by local government.