New Braunfels City Council on July 12 approved the first reading of an ordinance to restrict parking around the four landscaped islands on the outside edges of Main Plaza in downtown New Braunfels.

A request for the restrictions was made by the New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department after department employees were unable to access the landscaping and public restrooms to perform cleaning and maintenance.

The restrictions would prevent drivers from parking around the islands outside of existing parking spots. Though the areas are not designated for parking, no ordinances exist to restrict parking, according to the city.

If approved, the city would install traffic control signs that cost $150 each and would be funded in the approved streets and drainage budget.

During the meeting, Mayor Pro Tem Justin Meadows raised concerns that restricting parking around the islands would limit short-term parking options for individuals that are using the public restroom.

The first reading of the ordinance was approved unanimously, with the second reading to be presented to city council later this month.

Rezoning for single-family development approved

New Braunfels City Council on July 12 approved the second reading of a request to rezone approximately 60 acres in New Braunfels to allow the construction of single-family homes.

Council members on June 28 approved the first reading of the rezoning of the property located east of the intersection of FM 1044 and Michelson Lane from Agricultural/Re-Development to Zero Lot Line Home District.

The property owners plan to build at least 280 single-family homes, said Thor Thornhill, president and CEO of HMT Engineering and representative of the project.

Thornhill said that the developer, who is one of the owners of Michelson Lane, plans to include an emergency access point connected to the adjacent Voss Farms neighborhood, not Michelson Lane.