New Developments Like The Bluffs on the Guadalupe Put “Intense” Pressure on County’s Transportation System
A 242-home, luxury riverfront resort community scheduled for development later this year on the Guadalupe River across from Whitewater Amphitheatre in New Braunfels will add to the “intense” pressure on Comal County’s transportation system, Precinct 3 County Commissioner Kevin Webb said.
Developer Will Korioth describes The Bluffs on the Guadalupe — located three miles from Canyon Dam — as a “honey hole for fish” with a “simply magical” river trail system.
For Canyon Lake residents, it’s a potential traffic nightmare.
Webb chairs the Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)’s Transportation Policy Board. His two-year term began in June. The MPO distributes federal transportation funds for federal and state highways. County Engineer Tom Hornseth serves on the group’s Technical Advisory Committee.
Webb said there are no funded expansion projects around the popular amphitheater and tubing destination other than a pedestrian facility between the “horseshoe” in the river.
Although there has been some preliminary design and environmental work, the pedestrian project is part of an early phase of a larger highway project.
“We have been working with TxDOT the past number of years on improving and widening FM 306 beginning near IH 35 and heading west,” Webb said. “Some of these residential developments can be built faster than road expansions can be designed, funded, and built, and the county has very little say in the matter. It’s happening all over the county and the pressure put on our transportation system is intense.”
Although commissioners will push and support the effort to improve highways politically and potentially financially with matching funds, FM 306, SH 46 and FM 2673 are part of the state’s road system and fall under TxDOT’s jurisdiction, Webb explained in an email to MyCanyonLake.com.
“Originally the overall FM 306 plan was to continue west beginning from River Chase, where the last project ended. But based on input from Precinct 4 Commissioner Jen Crownover, they’ll skip the middle section for the moment and go straight to the intersection with FM 2673, addressing the most pressing need.
“These are all large, complex, and expensive projects and so far they have processes to be followed and they’re all in a long-range plan that we are working through,” Webb said.
“We were able to secure funding for our top two priority projects (see map above) and we will be looking to get the next projects funded in two years at the MPO,” he said. “There may also be another project call as part of the infrastructure bill now being considered in Congress, but that’s pure speculation at this point.
“The FM 306 project we’re discussing will be in our top few projects along with some segments and intersections of SH 46, but all of these are heavily used and congested roadways, and it could be some years before it gets selected.”
Canyon Lake residents expecting some relief would be well-advised to reach out to TxDOT, he said. Engineer Will Lockett can be reached by email at Will.Lockett@txdot.gov.
The Bluffs on the Guadalupe, located at 1501 FM 306, also includes 26 one-acre lots, each with 120 feet of riverfront.
“This has been the most desired Guadalupe riverfront parcel in all of Comal County for the last 20 years and this is a 15-year negotiation in the making,” developer Will Korioth said last week.
Amenities include a natural spring swimming lagoon with turquoise limestone rock, a 1.7-mile hike-and-bike trail along the Guadalupe River, swimming pools, fishing, kayak and paddleboard huts, and fishing access to more than 20,000 rainbow trout annually.
Lot reservations open in January.
Korioth also developed the soldout Oxbow on the Guadalupe, a gated community located across the river from The Bluffs.