Developer Appoints Leader for 1,900-Acre Mixed-Use Project Outside of New Braunfels | Community alert


The Mayfair Development, a planned 1,900-acre mixed-use development located in northern Comal County, near New Braunfels, has its first head.

New Braunfels-based SouthStar Communities has appointed Chip Mills as senior vice president to lead the development of the newly approved community of Mayfair, which is expected to provide up to 6,000 homes, 330 acres of public parks, 70 acres of commercial properties, 120 acres of mixed-use development, a 160-acre employment park and four new Comal ISD schools over a 15-year construction.

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“Chip is a respected leader in community planning and economic development and a talented collaborator,” said Thad Rutherford, CEO of SouthStar Communities. “We look forward to her contributions to the Mayfair community and the role she will play in smart regional growth in central Texas.”

Mills brings over 20 years of experience in real estate development and planning, specializing in large-scale mixed-use communities and economic development projects.

Prior to joining SouthStar, Mills spent 15 years at RVI Planning + Landscape Architecture in Austin, where he was responsible for business development, market growth, strategic planning and marketing, and guided the development planning of numerous real estate projects.

In this role, Mills will oversee planning and development in Mayfair and interact with New Braunfels and Comal County leaders to coordinate the many public features of the community.

“I have worked with the management of Southstar for several years and have been impressed by their vision and values. It is an honor to join them in this capacity, ”said Mills. “I also look forward to continuing my work with the City of New Braunfels and the New Braunfels Economic Development Foundation, who share our commitment to thoughtful and planned growth along the I-35 corridor.”

Mill’s experience includes planning and facilitating other large-scale projects in central Texas, including Trace, Kissing Tree and La Cima in San Marcos, Mueller in Austin, and Wolf Ranch in Georgetown.

Mills received his bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from Louisiana State University. He is accredited by the American Institute of Certified Land Planners and is involved with the Urban Land Institute, the American Planning Association, and the Real Estate Council of Austin.

Members of New Braunfels City Council approved in June a development agreement with SouthStar communities setting out regulations that will govern development and providing the city with levels of oversight in the planning, licensing and operation of the public park since development falls under the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction.

Mayfair is expected to offer a variety of housing including single family homes, apartments, townhouses and duplexes.

SouthStar plans to add an east-west connector under I-35 between Watson Lane and Kohlenberg, connecting the two sides of the community and making travel easier in northern Comal County.

The community will also include over 35 miles of trails, including dedicated bike paths, mountain biking trails, nature trails, and multi-use trails.

SouthStar officials said they would work closely with the New Braunfels Economic Development Foundation to attract new employers to fill the 160-acre employment center. Information on the Mayfair Project is available online at


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