Incoming New Braunfels resort sparks flooding concerns

Incoming New Braunfels resort sparks flooding concerns
Incoming New Braunfels resort sparks flooding concerns

Cabins and RVs could soon fill a 35-acre lot on the Guadalupe River in New Braunfels, but the area’s history of flooding has some neighbors worried about safety.

The complex will be south of the Rockin R’ River Rides headquarters on Gruene Road and will be established by new and former owners of the company.

Approximately 13 acres of the property are within the Guadalupe River Floodway, and nearly 4 acres are within the 100-year-old floodplain. Building in either comes with additional requirements for owners, such as completing a flood survey to ensure that anything built on the property does not impede the flow of water, building structures on pillars and drawing up an evacuation plan.

A floodplain is any area of ​​land that is susceptible to flooding by flood waters from any source. The diversion channels are in a flood plain. They are closest to a water source and should be regulated by cities or counties. This is the area where the water flows the fastest and is the deepest.

The owners hope to welcome guests to the resort in 18 months. Plans are in the early stages, but Justin Holliday, co-owner of Rockin R’ River Rides, said the resort will likely have a visitor center, 50 cabins and space for 15 to 20 motor homes.

When about 20 acres of the property was rezoned last month to make way for the resort, a dozen neighboring property owners told the city they opposed rezoning for the project, and five said they were in favor .

Neighbor Ted Meadows was one of many who spoke out, saying he was against floodway development.

“Even to consider the density of people, vehicles and structures they offer is frankly terrifying given the very real possibility that one of these objects could block our only exit during the next flash flood,” Meadows said, “not to mention the precedent it would set for the next floodway development.

Others were less worried. Amy Rensvold and her family have lived in a house next door to the property since 2016. She said while she and many neighbors would like to see the property remain undeveloped, she knows that with a town growing as quickly as New Braunfels , that is not realistic. So she’s happy, at least, that it’s being worked on by owners who she says care about residents’ input.

Until now, Rockin R’ was mainly known for transporting river enthusiasts and renting out buoys, canoes and other items. The incoming station will be on what is currently undeveloped land that Rockin R’ had used primarily to store his buses.

The 20-acre section of property closest to the river has been rezoned to put in place additional precautions, including some safety measures due to the risk of flooding. Property owners, for example, will not be allowed to build within 100 feet of Sleepy Hollow Lane or within 150 feet of the eastern property line.

This precaution, however, was less stringent than the original recommendation by city staff to designate anything in the floodway as a drainage easement, a designation that would not have allowed any structure to be built in the floodway. derivation.

Although the property has been rezoned to make way for the resort, several additional steps must be taken before guests begin to visit the resort. A flood survey will come first, then owners can apply for building permits.

Holliday said he plans to go “above and beyond” to secure the property. As an example, he said that the pillar systems he plans to use for any structure will be of higher quality than required.

“We want to make sure we’re doing our best to make sure it’s better than it needs to be,” he said.

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