Periodically, The Woodlands Township sends out a survey to a random sampling of households, and this year's survey will be the first to take place since 2018. A survey expected to take place in 2020 was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the township

The township authorized the survey at a May 25 meeting at which four of the seven board of directors members were present.

The questionnaire will be mailed July 1, it will close July 22; and it will be presented to the board Aug. 18 in advance of the township budget workshops, according to meeting materials. The survey costs the township $27,000, and it has $42,000 budgeted for the project, according to the materials.

Nick Wolda, director of community relations with The Woodlands Township, said this year residents receiving the survey have a choice of mailing it in, answering questions online or calling a live operator. The goal is to receive a sample of at least 2,000 households, he said.

"It's a good reflection on a community of our size," Wolda said.

The Woodlands population was about 114,000 as of the 2020 census, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

The 2018 survey is available online, and this year's will have the same questions to allow for effective benchmarking, Wolda said. The survey measures resident satisfaction with various services, gauges issues of importance to residents, and tracks features of individual households and commuting habits along with providing opportunities for responders to provide more detailed responses.

Last year, the township cautioned residents about a survey going around that was not authorized. Information about township activities can be obtained from the township at 281-210-3800 or on the township website.