Stormwater Management Strategy

June 2010, the issue of stormwater management in New Braunfels came to a painful reality with record rainfall and flooding damaging many parts of town. Following this event, the City of New Braunfels held a series of open public meetings to listen and respond to the concerns of citizens.

Building upon the energy and input from these meetings, the City of New Braunfels decided to move forward with a Stormwater Management Strategy that will be used to guide future projects, federally required permitting and updates to code using a comprehensive approach to stormwater management.

The Stormwater Management Strategy is guided by city staff, City Council and a Watershed Advisory Committee comprised of variety of individuals representing a range of interests in the community in relationship to stormwater.
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Community Poll
A preliminary public input poll was conducted in the fall of 2011.  After collecting data from that poll, the top 12 strategies supported by that input have been identified. Existing conditions in New Braunfels regarding each of these strategies has been collected, a series of case studies, where each of these strategies have been implemented, has been reviewed and a set of potential implementation options has been identified for each strategy.

The public was asked to contribute to the continuing development of the plan by completing the revised survey featuring the top 12 strategies, maps for indicating where a particular strategy should focus, and a selection of preferred options for implementing of those strategies. The survey was available through April 2012.

Public Process
  • October 10-11, 2011 - For both Stormwater Management Program and MS4 Permitting Requirements Stakeholder Focus Groups
  • October 17, 2011 - Joint meeting of the Watershed Advisory Committee and City Council
  • March 6, 2012 - Share findings from previous focus groups and present initial stormwater management concepts Stakeholder Focus Groups
  • May 16, 2012 - Phase II Report meeting and discuss public input outcome
  • July 18, 2012 - Convey conceptual recommendations before moving forward with final stormwater management program
  • October 17, 2012 - WAC meeting to discuss proposed DCM changes
  • November 28, 2012 - WAC meeting to gain comments from the Phase III Stormwater Management strategy and discuss stakeholder meeting dates
  • January 9, 2013 - Presentation 1 of 3 of recommended DCM changes to Stakeholders
  • January 16, 2013 - WAC update of stakeholder presentation 1
  • February 6, 2013 - Presentation 2 of 3 of recommended DCM changes to Stakeholders
  • February 20, 2013 - WAC update of stakeholder presentation 2
  • March 6, 2013 - Presentation 3 of 3 of recommended DCM changes to Stakeholders
  • March 20, 2013 - WAC update of stakeholder presentation 3
  • April 17, 2013 - WAC makes recommendation to City Council
  • May 7, 2013 - Planning Commission makes recommendation to City Council
  • May 28, 2013 - City Council considers the recommended DCM changes