1. Local, county agencies seek flood mitigation projects
In response to three historic flooding events that have damaged homes and businesses in the last two years, officials in Montgomery County and The Woodlands are seeking funding for flood mitigation studies and projects. Read more here.
2. Township continues incorporation research
Following the signing of Senate Bills 1014 and 1015 in the Texas Legislature by Gov. Greg Abbott on June 9, The Woodlands has the framework to incorporate should voters decide to become a city. The Woodlands has until 2057 to incorporate, after which it could be annexed by Houston or Conroe. Read more here.
3. Cultural arts study moves forward in The Woodlands
The Woodlands Township board of directors announced in October it will continue research toward a cultural arts center, which could include an indoor performing arts venue and a science museum. The township has been working with Webb Management Services Inc., a provider of development and consulting services, and Gensler, a global design firm, since last year to study the feasibility and economic effects of a center in the area. Read more here.
4. Several seats contested in 2018 elections
Several local and state elected positions are contested in this year’s midterm elections. Read more here.
5. Conroe ISD searching for new superintendent
Conroe ISD Superintendent Don Stockton announced his retirement from CISD in August after 32 years in the district. Stockton’s tenure with the district ends on June 1, following the end of the 2017-18 school year. Read more here.
6. Centro and Metro Park Square work continues
Construction on MetroPark Square, a 69-acre mixed-use development at the southeast corner of the I-45 and Hwy. 242 intersection in Shenandoah began in November 2016. The three-phase project by Sam Moon Group is expected to be completed by 2020 and will include restaurant and entertainment options, office space, hotels and multifamily housing. Read more here.
7. Conroe ISD to open new schools
Following the approval of a $487 million bond referendum in 2015, CISD began work to open five new schools in the district over the next five years. Read more here.
8. I-45 environmental study begins
The Texas Department of Transportation is planning an environmental linkage study along I-45 from Beltway 8 to Loop 336 in Conroe, which could take up to three years to complete. Read more here.
9. Shenandoah searching for city administrator
Following eight years of service, Shenandoah City Administrator Greg Smith resigned from his position effective Aug. 31. In September, City Secretary Kathie Reyer was appointed to serve as the interim city administrator. Read more here.
10. Oak Ridge North moves forward with thoroughfare plan
Oak Ridge North City Council unanimously decided to move forward with a master thoroughfare plan for the city last spring. According to city officials, the plan would give the city more control of rights of way and help discover thoroughfares to be developed in the city. Read more here.