Planned fire station, training facilities to be moved to larger land parcel within New Braunfels

New Braunfels City Council approved a jump in acreage of its Reinvestment Zone Number One during its Aug. 10 meeting. (Screen shot courtesy city of New Braunfels)
New Braunfels City Council approved a jump in acreage of its Reinvestment Zone Number One during its Aug. 10 meeting. (Screen shot courtesy city of New Braunfels)

New Braunfels City Council approved a jump in acreage of its Reinvestment Zone Number One during its Aug. 10 meeting. (Screen shot courtesy city of New Braunfels)

A planned fire station and training facility in New Braunfels is en route to be moved to another location after officials established a roughly 35-acre tract that has been deemed a more suitable location.

Following a brief public hearing, City Council voted to increase the size of the boundaries of Reinvestment Zone Number One, an area within New Braunfels called a tax increment reinvestment zone, or TIRZ, during the Aug. 10 meeting that allowed for the station and training facility to be located at the new swath of land.


A TIRZ allows a city to capture projected increases in sales and property tax revenue created by a development within a defined area and then reinvest those funds into public improvements and projects within that zone.

Jared Werner, New Braunfels chief financial officer, said his department met with the TIRZ board in late July, and following the approval by City Council, Comal County will also need to approve the boundary change.

The total cost of the station and training facility is estimated at $13 million, according to city documents.
By Brian Rash
Brian has been a reporter and editor since 2012. He wrote about the music scene in Dallas-Fort Worth before becoming managing editor for the Graham Leader in Graham, Texas, in 2013. He relocated to Austin, Texas, in 2015 to work for Gatehouse Media's large design hub. He became the editor for the Lake Travis-Westlake publication of Community Impact in August 2018.


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