What began more than a year ago as an initiative to secure grant funding for Comal County sports fields culminated Thursday in a lengthy — and at times heated — discussion among commissioners and residents about the role of government, property rights, and natural resources in the fast-growing Hill Country.

Comal County Commissioners Court adopted a master plan for parks, open space and natural areas at Thursday’s meeting.

Read more from Theresa Davis with the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung here.