Here are 5 takeaways from Montgomery's comprehensive plan

Montgomery reviewed its comprehensive plan July 8. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
Montgomery reviewed its comprehensive plan July 8. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)

Montgomery reviewed its comprehensive plan July 8. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)

During a July 8 virtual public meeting, the city of Montgomery reviewed a finalized version of a comprehensive plan put together by Texas A&M University officials and students to focus and enhance the city’s growth.

The comprehensive plan was developed in collaboration with Texas A&M’s Sea Grant, a project between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the state of Texas and other universities in the state, according to its website.

Walter Peacock, a planning specialist with the grant, said the plan provides the city a guideline for development goals for the next 20 to 30 years.

“It depicts an overarching vision,” Peacock said. “It’s a public document that justifies city decision making.”

The plan also provides the city a leg up when applying for grants that could fund the projects suggested, according to Peacock.

Although the next step is for the City Council to adopt the plan, Peacock clarified that does not mean the city must instantly begin applying its concepts or even keep them the same. He said the city is able to change or ignore parts of the plan as the city grows or resident opinions change.

“If the community doesn’t want these types of things, they don’t have to do it,” Peacock said. “If it’s something the community does not want, it should be written out, and it should be adjusted.”

The plan focused on four topics: housing, transportation, economic development and community facilities. Peacock said the plan also developed some master plan communities and a downtown design for the city. The plan also included an implementation plan as well as possible funding sources the city could utilize.


The city of Montgomery has a higher percentage of single-family housing than the county and state averages, according to Peacock’s presentation. This correlates to the relatively low multifamily housing available in the city. Peacock said this presents an opportunity to either develop more multifamily housing or increase the density of housing.

Peacock also said the average home value of Montgomery is $277,000, higher than the county’s at $206,400 and the state’s at $151,500.

“I know Montgomery is quite a small community, but there are opportunities for higher density and at least more housing options,” Peacock said.


Peacock acknowledged Montgomery receives a lot of traffic in a day, complicating efforts to building walkable areas. He said the city should invest in “traffic-calming” strategies by adding sidewalks, plant buffers and diagonal street parking as well as bus stops and crosswalks.

He also said the downtown area has some mobility problems for those in wheelchairs and suggested adding ramps to improve accessibility.

Economic development

Even in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Peacock said the city was in good standing. He praised the Montgomery Economic Development Corp. for its efforts to support local businesses.

Although the data comes from before the pandemic, the grant found the city has a relatively high median household income of $61,131. However, Peacock said the growth in jobs in the city includes low-paying jobs in accommodation and food services. He also said many of the higher incomes are employed outside the city limits.

To combat this, Peacock suggested the city collaborate with the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce to diversify its economy and create a more favorable environment to attract new businesses as well as continuing to support local small businesses.

“It needs to be a multipronged approach to get these high paying jobs here,” Peacock said.

Community facilities

Peacock praised Montgomery’s community facilities, specifically the proximity between the fire department, police department, school and parks with residential areas.

“But there’s a problem with that—the big problem is the lack of connectivity to these parts,” Peacock said.

The grant received input from citizens that one of their top concerns was a lack of public sport facilities, and Peacock encouraged the city to coordinate with Montgomery ISD to allow public access to the school fields.

He also suggested creating new impact fees for developers. Current impact fees only cover water and sewer services as well as water meters. Peacock suggested adding more impact fees would allow the city to increase the amount of money to invest in public projects.


Peacock encouraged the city to develop more zoning options for the land. He said there is “not much room” for multifamily, mixed-use lots. He also encouraged expanding the Historic District in downtown Montgomery to protect other homes and encourage businesses to develop around this district.

To do this, Peacock said the city should apply more varied zoning options and develop parking in the downtown area.

“Let people know where they are and why they should be visiting this area,” Peacock said.

By Andy Li
Originally from Boone, North Carolina, Andy Li is a graduate of East Carolina University with degrees in Communication with a concentration in Journalism and Political Science. While in school, he worked as a performing arts reporter, news, arts and copy editor and a columnist at the campus newspaper, The East Carolinian. He also had the privilege to work with NPR’s Next Generation Radio, a project for student journalists exploring radio news. Moving to Houston in May 2019, he now works as the reporter for the Conroe/Montgomery edition of Community Impact Newspaper.


Steve Hoffart, owner of Magnolia Pharmacy, hopes to be chosen as one of the county's five vaccination hubs. Lone Star Family Health Center in Conroe has already been selected as a vaccination hub provider, and the center began mass-administering doses at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds Jan. 20. (Eva Vigh/Community Impact Newspaper)
Montgomery County poised for COVID-19 vaccine rollout

One vaccination hub is now open, but appointments filled up within minutes. Here's what we know about the county's distribution plan.

Montgomery County continues to see new daily highs in active COVID-19 case counts as hospitalizations rise. (Community Impact staff)
Montgomery County COVID-19 total case count increases to over 34,000; active case count decreases by 1,500

The total COVID-19 case count across Montgomery County has surpassed 34,000.

The board of trustees will meet at 6 p.m. Jan. 19. (Eva Vigh/Community Impact Newspaper)
Montgomery ISD gathering community input for district goals

The goals are to improve in the following areas: academic achievement, safety, finance and operations, human capital, and communications and customer service.

Feeding Texas hosted a Jan. 19 webinar to discuss legislative highlights for the 87th Texas Legislature. (Screenshot courtesy Feeding Texas)
Food insecurity in Texas' 87th Legislature: Hunger relief organization Feeding Texas to propose legislation addressing hunger

Hunger relief organization Feeding Texas hosted a webinar Jan. 19 to discuss increasing funding and accessibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in the 87th legislative session.

Grand Central Park is located at I-45 North and South Loop 336. (Courtesy Kaplan Public Relations)
Grand Central Park in Conroe opens 148 homesites

New, move-in ready homes are currently under construction.

COVID-19 vaccines
DATA: Texas has vaccinated about 9% of estimated Phase 1 recipients

Over 1.1 million individuals from the Phase 1 population, which is estimated to include 13.5 million individuals total, have received at least one dose.

Bob Popinski, policy director of Raise Your Hand Texas, shared the organization's top education priorities for the ongoing legislative session. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
‘What does virtual learning and remote learning look like moving forward?': Raise Your Hand Texas policy director talks legislative priorities

Bob Popinski is the director of policy for Raise Your Hand Texas, an Austin-based organization committed to improving public education. He spoke with Community Impact Newspaper in late December about the 87th legislative session, which began Jan. 12.

Harvest Market will open in late January in Montgomery. (Courtesy Harvest Market)
Harvest Market to open 'grocerant' in late January in Woodforest

The “grocerant” will feature a full dining experience and a grocery store with foods from around the world.

Bayou City Art Festival Downtown is scheduled to return in person in October. (Courtesy Katya Horner/Bayou City Art Festival)
Bayou City Art Festival scheduled for in-person return in October

The Memorial Park version of the festival will be celebrated through alternative virtual and smaller in-person events.

The Conroe clinic was allocated 2,000 doses of Moderna Inc.'s COVID-19 vaccine the week of Jan. 18 because of its designation as a hub provider. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Conroe's Lone Star Family Health Center designated as COVID-19 vaccination hub, receives 2,000 doses

The facility was the sole Montgomery County provider to receive a vaccine allocation in the sixth week of statewide distribution.

Bocca Italian Kitchen serves seasonal, Italian-inspired dishes, such as polenta and various pastas. (Courtesy Marco Torres)
Italian eateries open in Generation Park; Houston bike lane fines enforced and more local news

Read the latest business and community news from the Houston area.