Child safety zones approved in New Braunfels after second reading

Registered sex offenders will be prohibited from living near child safety zones, which include public parks. (Warren Brown/Community Impact Newspaper)
Registered sex offenders will be prohibited from living near child safety zones, which include public parks. (Warren Brown/Community Impact Newspaper)

Registered sex offenders will be prohibited from living near child safety zones, which include public parks. (Warren Brown/Community Impact Newspaper)

New Braunfels City Council voted April 26 to approve the second and final reading of an ordinance that will restrict the residency of convicted sex offenders within certain areas of the city.

The ordinance defines a child safety zone as any area where children commonly gather, including public and private schools, day care facilities, public or private parks, youth centers and arcades.


Sex offenders will be prohibited from living within 1,000 feet of a child safety zone and would be restricted from going near the zones.

Some exceptions are included in the ordinance for certain registered sex offenders such as those who were minors when they committed the offense, those who lived within a zone prior to the approval of the ordinance, those who reside in jail or other correctional facilities, or those who must attend counseling, religious services or other applicable appointments within a safety zone.

The ordinance passed without any opposition from council or the public.
By Lauren Canterberry

Reporter, New Braunfels

Lauren joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in October 2019. After graduating with a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, Lauren was a freelance journalist and worked as a college English teacher in China. At CI, Lauren covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in New Braunfels.