From New Braunfels Utilities' new CEO to who will be on the ballot in the March 2024 primary election, check out some of the biggest local government news in New Braunfels from December.

City Council approves changes to Mayfair Development Master Framework Plan, Design Control Documents

The city of New Braunfels unanimously approved several amendments to the Mayfair Development Master Framework Plan and Design Control Documents, or DDCD, Dec. 11.

In a nutshell

The amendments for the DDCD add land use criteria for the light residential segment of mayfair and define the particular uses that will be allowed for the light industrial category.

Changes to Mayfair's Development Master Framework Plan include removal of 4.5 acres due to Texas Department of Transportation right-of-way needs, revision of parcels previously designated as mixed-use density residential to neighborhood commercial and the revision of 3.74 acres from recreation center to neighborhood commercial.

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New Braunfels Utilities names Ryan Kelso as new CEO

The New Braunfels Utilities Board has officially named Ryan Kelso as the organization’s next CEO, citing the candidate's exemplary leadership and dedication for why he was selected as the front-runner to lead the company.

Kelso has held the position of interim CEO following the departure of its previous CEO Ian Taylor in June 2023. Taylor announced in April his plan to retire from public service after 17 years with NBU.

"Ryan Kelso's appointment as CEO is a testament to his outstanding leadership skills and unwavering dedication to NBU,” NBU Board President Wayne Peters said. “I am confident that under his guidance, NBU will continue to thrive and serve our community with excellence."

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First Footing community center nearing completion in New Braunfels

Completion is near for the NB Housing Partners' First Footing community center project.

According to a press release, NB Housing Partners officials are optimistic that they will move into the facility in January.

The nonprofit organization’s new facility is located at a renovated former fire station at Loop 337, which will act as a crisis housing and outreach center. The center will have a comprehensive intake process, and will work to connect individuals to community resources and housing opportunities, according to a press release.

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New Braunfels-area positions to watch in March 2024 primary election

As the March primaries approach, some local and state candidates will see challengers from their own parties, as well as some uncontested races in Comal and Guadalupe counties.

According to the Texas Secretary of State Office’s website, Texas will hold Republican and Democratic primaries March 5 to determine who will be on the ballot in November.

In addition to the presidential and statewide contests, several county and judicial district-level positions will be on the March 5 ballot, where voters can opt to weigh in on which candidate will represent their political party.

More information on candidates in the March 2024 primary election can be found here.

Here are the 33 candidates running for statewide offices in 2024

Texas voters will see eight statewide races on their ballots during the 2024 primaries. Several state judges, a railroad commissioner and one U.S. senator are up for re-election in 2024. All statewide offices on the ballot are held by Republican incumbents.

Texas will hold Republican and Democratic primaries on March 5 to determine who will be on the ballot in November.

On the ballot

Community Impact compiled a list of the candidates running for statewide offices in 2024. According to the Texas Democratic Party, each party has five days after the filing deadline to provide complete lists of all filed candidates to the secretary of state’s office.

More information on candidates in the March 2024 primary election can be found here.