Big in 2021 in New Braunfels: Vaccine rollout, booming real estate market and more

The median home sales price increased 25.99% in New Braunfels year over year. In May 2020, the median sales price was $251,000. In May 2021, that price jumped to $316,228. (Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper)
The median home sales price increased 25.99% in New Braunfels year over year. In May 2020, the median sales price was $251,000. In May 2021, that price jumped to $316,228. (Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper)

The median home sales price increased 25.99% in New Braunfels year over year. In May 2020, the median sales price was $251,000. In May 2021, that price jumped to $316,228. (Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper)

In 2021, the New Braunfels housing market boomed, employers struggled to fill job vacancies, New Braunfels and Comal ISDs began work on bond projects, and so much more occurred. Here is a look at some of Community Impact Newspaper's biggest stories from this year.

January

New Braunfels leaders hope hospitality industry can revive in 2021

February

NBU raises utility rates to keep up with booming population


City leaders looking to ease growing housing cost burden for residents

March

New Braunfels leaders contemplate strategies in wake of severe winter storm

Area vaccine rollout gains steam a year after COVID-19’s arrival

April

I-35 improvements in Comal and Hays counties will continue to open up travel

Rising demand threatens to outpace the housing market in New Braunfels

May

Efforts increase to advance massive Great Springs Project

Downtown experiences growing pains

June

Central Texas community comes together to drive up vaccination rates

July

Exploding Central Texas housing market continues to drive rapid sprawl

Residents raise concerns over efforts to expand affordable housing availability

August

Comal ISD bond aims to balance building with maintaining existing facilities

Proposed NBISD calls for $348 million bond to complete schools, address strain on campuses

September

New Braunfels industries caught in the wake of staffing challenges

October

City budget prioritizes police, fire staff and programs

November

6,000-home Mayfair development to break ground in early 2022

Dcember

New Braunfels tourism industry rebounds as local hospitality revenue rises

Local businesses face supply chain issues and rising costs
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.