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New Braunfels: SouthStar Communities Names New Sr VP to Lead Mayfair Development

Posted: 8-3-2021

New Braunfels (Comal County)SouthStar Communities has named Chip Mills its Senior Vice President and tasked him with leading the development of the 1,900-acre Mayfair mixed-use master planned community north of New Braunfels.

New Braunfels-based SouthStar Communities recently had its master plan approved by City Council.

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 with RVI Planning + Landscape Architecture in Austin,TX where he was responsible for business development, market growth and strategic planning and marketing, and guided development planning of numerous real estate projects.

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

In Mills’ leadership role, he will oversee planning and development at Mayfair, and interface with the City of New Braunfels and Comal County to coordinate the many public-facing features of the community.

“I’ve worked with Southstar’s leadership for several years, and I have been impressed by their vision and values. It is an honor to join them in this capacity,” said Mills. “I’m also looking forward to continuing my work with the City of New Braunfels and the New Braunfels Economic Development Foundation, who share our commitment to thoughtful, 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 earned his bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from Louisiana State University. He is licensed by the American Institute of Certified Land Planners and is involved with the Urban Land Institute, American Planning Association and the Real Estate Council of Austin.

Mayfair will be a mixed-use, master-planned community which is estimated to generate 2,000 permanent jobs and nearly $2 billion in property value over the next 15 years.

The 1,900-acre community features one mile of I-35 frontage, and plans for an underpass below the major interstate.

The approved Development Agreement calls for up to 6,000 homes, 330 acres of public parks, 70 acres of commercial property, 120 acres of mixed-use development, a 160-acre employment park, and four new Comal ISD schools.

Construction is scheduled to begin in late 2021 with the first homes expected to be completed in 2023.


Edited from a SouthStar Communities news release.

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