Community Impact Newspaper has covered The Woodlands Township's plans for an incorporation study since enabling legislation was passed in 2017.
Here is a look at some of the stories that have developed during that time across several boards of directors, including changes in the consulting firm leading the project and some of the milestones along the way.
This story will be updated as new developments occur. Information in older stories may no longer be timely as of the most recent stories published.
An incorporation reserve was established.
Township directors continue discussion regarding incorporation reserve, 2017 tax rate
Legislation made incorporation possible in The Woodlands, a special-purpose district.
Township to discuss incorporation in 2017
The Woodlands Township’s incorporation-related bills moving forward through Texas Legislature
Incorporation planning begins in The Woodlands Township
Plans advance with the first consulting firm hired to conduct an incorporation study.
13 frequently asked questions about incorporation answered by The Woodlands Township board of directors
The Woodlands Township considers zoning in incorporation planning
Will incorporation be on the ballot in 2019?
The Woodlands Township terminates contract with firm for incorporation study
The incorporation study advances under The Novak Consulting Group, and various aspects of the model for incorporation are discussed throughout the year.
The Woodlands Township board says more study needed before decision on incorporation vote
Township incorporation vote not expected until at least 2020
The Woodlands Township extends Novak contract for incorporation study, gains county cooperation
The Woodlands Township's incorporation study financial model moves forward
The Woodlands Township board to choose law enforcement scenario for incorporation study
After determining a maximum initial tax rate in February, the study was put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Woodlands at a crossroads as study concludes in 2020
The Woodlands board decides on compromise for incorporation law enforcement scenario
The Woodlands Township presented with maximum initial tax rate for incorporation
The Woodlands incorporation study off the table in 2020 due to coronavirus emergency
Virus upends years of incorporation planning, disrupts events and hospitality
As pandemic concerns began to ease, incorporation discussions resumed.
The Woodlands Township likely to revisit incorporation study this summer
The Woodlands Township resumes incorporation study planning meetings
Chamber, residents urge delay on possible incorporation vote date in The Woodlands
The Woodlands Township board calls for incorporation election on Nov. 2 ballot
Incorporation vote slated Nov. 2 in The Woodlands
Incorporation forum announced for The Woodlands
The Howard Hughes Corp. takes position on incorporation vote in The Woodlands, plans website
Debate ensues over costs of incorporation in The Woodlands
The Woodlands Township plans Sept. 23 information session on incorporation
Incorporation updates: Hundreds attend informational forum in The Woodlands; local chamber votes to oppose
The Woodlands Township responds to independent critiques of incorporation study
George's Coffee Club, named for The Woodlands' founder, takes stance against incorporation
Township, county spar as incorporation vote draws near
Nonprofit cites historic low voter turnout numbers as concern for incorporation election
Incorporation forums in September opened topic to residents' questions in The Woodlands