Bulverde Spring Branch is booming. Transforming from countryside to bustling community, it is experiencing strong residential and business growth.
“New residents have increased demand for new services. They don’t want to drive to San Antonio. We’re seeing a concentration of retail and restaurants, the city is transitioning from a rural landscape to a more urban development,” says Danny Batts, city manager, Bulverde.
Building Toward the Future
In fact, residential growth in the region has exceeded expectation. Since 2010, the population of zip codes 78070, 78163 and 78260 in Comal and Bexar Counties has increased by an estimated 17 percent.
Comal County was ranked the second fastest growing county in the United States with a population of 141,009 in 2017, a 5.1 percent change from 2016. Since 2010, the county has experienced a 29.1 percent growth increase.
Bexar County is ranked seventh of the Top 10 Largest-gaining Counties (numeric increase) in the U.S. with a population of 1,958,578 in 2017, a 1.6 percent increase from 2016.
Conveniently located approximately 22 miles from San Antonio to the south, Boerne to the west and New Braunfels to the east, the Bulverde Spring Branch region is an economic axis. In addition, Austin is just 72 miles to the northeast. It is the ideal strategic site to relocate, start or expand a business.
Not only is Bulverde Spring Branch rich in history and scenic beauty, it is economically strong. Its unemployment rate of 3.6 percent and median household income of $98, 149 contribute to its attractive quality of life. It’s no surprise both new residents and businesses are moving here.
“Bulverde is uniquely placed to San Antonio. A lot of the space between has already been developed. It’s about to evaporate. You see San Antonio-style development a few minutes after you leave Bulverde. And we’re seeing growth expanding to the west,” Batts says.
New and expanding residential and commercial developments are underway. New phases of the Preserve and Ventana residential areas are being built. Singing Hills will soon be the location for a medical office building, movie theater and expanded retail.
“You’re seeing jockeying going on for existing locations for experiential retail. We’re working on an entertainment complex at Singing Hills. That’s what the community has been wanting,” says Todd A. Gold, president, REOC Development LLC.
Major employers contribute to area growth as well. Comal Independent School District, with two new high schools under construction, employs 1,071 educators and staff in Bulverde Spring Branch. Student admission is growing at an average 4.5 percent per year.
GVTC Communications, an award-winning leader in fiber communications, employs 250 in the area. The company provides a robust fiber optic network with available speeds of 10 Mbps to 10 Gbps to support any size business.
As residential, retail and commercial development expands, so will local services.
“New residents have increased demand for new services. They don’t want to drive to San Antonio. We’re seeing a concentration of retail and restaurants,” says Batts.
Throughout this expansion, the City, Bulverde Spring Branch Economic Development Foundation and Chamber leadership are working strategically to strengthen area economies, maintain quality of life and build on local assets. Bulverde Spring Branch is focusing on smart growth strategies to meet targeted goals: supporting the rural landscape by conserving natural lands; helping businesses thrive by taking care of local assets; and creating great new places by building lively and enduring neighborhoods where people want to live.
“The City has already developed plans in the works for the future. We expect to have 20,000 to 25,000 new residents in the next five to 10 years. We’ve taken a number of steps to preserve the Hill Country aesthetic,” Batts says.
These guidelines are targeted to achieve goals for growth and development while maintaining the distinctive character of the region.
“We’re working to maintain true preservation requirements,” says Batts.
Together with the Chamber, the City has its sights set on maintaining the area’s values, historic character, scenic beauty and sense of community, yet sustaining its prosperous economy.
“The Chamber has been supportive of us in all those initiatives and is working with us through the Economic Development Foundation,” Batts says.
Keeping the Bulverde Spring Branch community a great place to live is one of the critical factors in enhancing the future.
The City and Chamber have created towns that are not only economically strong and self-sufficient, but contain the small-town concepts of community, sense of place and character that residents seek.