New Braunfels’ city limits will expand to include a 44.02-acre property located on the west side of FM 1044 between Green Valley Road and Weil Road, near the city’s proposed 150-acre sports complex site.

The property owners, 1044 Land Partners LLC, requested that the land be annexed into city limits, and City Council approved the request at its Aug. 24 meeting.

“[Annexation] would provide the city more influence in the form of development along this corridor, which is an important corridor because it does lead to the city’s very large investment in the future sports complex,” Planning and Development Services Director Christopher Looney said.

New Braunfels’ planned 150-acre sports complex was greenlit through the passage of 2019’s bond Proposition 2, which, along with funding from the Economic Development Corp., will help underwrite the $25 million project at the intersection of Klein Road and FM 1044.

According to Looney, the owner plans to construct a low-density residential development with approximately 140-160 single-family homes.

The annexation means the city now takes over responsibility for EMS, police, solid waste, development, health and animal services for the development, Looney said.