Spring Creek reservoir funding denied, 50-acre annexation approved: 6 takeaways from The Woodlands Township Dec. 5 meeting

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The Woodlands Township met Dec. 5 for their last regularly scheduled meeting of the year. Here are a few items of note from the meeting:

1. Grant funding has been denied for a proposed reservoir at Spring Creek.

Township director Bruce Rieser, who also serves as chair for the Drainage Task Force, gave an update on ongoing efforts to build a reservoir near Spring Creek to assist in flood mitigation.

“The primary news from the task force is, No. 1, that we did not get the grant money from the Spring Creek reservoir feasibility study that we asked for and we’re exploring some additional options, specifically we’re developing a plan to apply directly to the Harris County Flood Control District for the remaining funding so we can get that moving forward,” Rieser said.

2. The township board voted to approve an annexation for 50 acres of land near Creekside Park Green.

The board approved a measure to voluntarily annex a 50-acre tract of land located on the northeast corner of Kuykendahl and Indian Hills roads. The land will be home to a new senior housing development with the potential for light commercial and office use.

The project has been on hold for the last few years while developers worked with Harris County to finalize roadways in the area, according to Duane Iselt from J. Alan Kent Development.

The project will include:

  • 17 acres for senior housing
  • 14.6 acres for professional offices
  • 5.7 acres for senior care
  • 9.5 acres for a lake and/or detention pond
  • 0.5 acres for a park area

A construction start date has not yet been announced.

3. The board voted to end its contract with Matrix Consulting, the lead firm on the township’s ongoing study on incorporation.

The Novak Group, which was conducting an independent financial analysis, will finish the study, according to Township chairman Gordy Bunch. Read more here.

4. The Woodlands Township approved a name and logo for its Cultural Arts District.

Located around The Woodlands Waterway, the district has been officially named The Waterway Arts District.

The district includes areas along the waterway, encompassing the public art in The Woodlands, according to The Woodlands CVB President Nick Wolda.

The district’s boundaries are expected to be amended from a preliminary map to include additional art pieces on the east and north sides of the waterway.

5. The board approved a logo for Texas TreeVentures.

The logo is for the township’s future adventure course attraction near The Rob Fleming Recreation Center.

The design is expected to undergo color changes before it is finalized.

A construction start date for the project has not yet been determined.

6. Township staff discussed changes to The Woodlands Express schedule, including potential bus service to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s 2019 season.

In an effort to provide additional service to the Downtown Houston area on weekends, township staff has begun research on how it might provide shuttle service to the rodeo for Woodlands-area residents. The service is subject to approval from the Federal Transportation Administration, according to township staff.

The board also approved a change to The Woodlands Express bus schedule at Sterling Ridge. For a six-month trial period, the bus will add an additional morning stop at Sterling Ridge at 8 a.m. to better accommodate commuter schedules.

The board also approved adding a stop at The University of Texas School of Dentistry to it’s existing route in the Texas Medical Center. The additional stop is not expected to have a financial impact for the township.

See the full video of the Dec. 5 meeting here.

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Wendy Cawthon
A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Cawthon has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and joined The Woodlands edition in 2017.
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