On Monday, the City of Boerne released its proposed unified development code.
The nine chapter, almost 300-page document will help promote the health, safety, morals and general welfare of the city.
For nearly a year, several members of the community met to discuss the proposed changes and what was most feasible for city staff to implement.
“For me the No. 1 change is (will be) the ability to change. The idea that any final product is not considered a perfect document and that an identifiable missed opportunity for clarity can be updated through a reasonable process and timeline,” committee member Guy Sanders said.
The U.D.C came about after the passage of the Master Plan in 2018 and relates to land use and development in Boerne.
“I believe establishing the overlay districts may be the most impactful. They will allow the city to ensure that certain areas of town have distinction. Maintaining distinction in existing areas while providing distinction in other areas for future development will provide diversity in the community into the future allowing Boerne to maintain its charm and uniqueness that we all enjoy,” Ross Partlow, another committee member said.
The document will consolidate the regulations pertaining to land use and development in a logical and orderly manner, while making those requirements more convenient to access, use, distribute and read.
Amid rapid growth in our community, and with limited ability by the state of Texas to regulate it, the code is intended to help preserve the urban form, historic architecture and culture of the city.
“We now have the opportunity as a community to define each districts’ historical, economic (past and future), cultural and neighborhood characteristics that create its personality. We want to take these “personality traits” of each district and determine how they can be incorporated into design standards that apply to architectural materials, signage, streetscapes, landscaping, etc... for that district,” District 4 Councilman Dr. Brian Fowler said.
The ultimate goal is that this document will continue to be updated and ensure continued stewardship of the natural resources, while coordinating infrastructure planning and design with site planning and design so that public infrastructure services are adequate and aligned with private development which City Council is expected to vote on in April.
Residents interested in reading about the changes can reference the following document link below.