MAP: Hundreds of homes taking shape in city of Tomball

The city of Tomball is seeing an uptick in residential construction with hundreds of acres of land cleared for new communities. Alexander Estates is one of the communities under construction. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
The city of Tomball is seeing an uptick in residential construction with hundreds of acres of land cleared for new communities. Alexander Estates is one of the communities under construction. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)

The city of Tomball is seeing an uptick in residential construction with hundreds of acres of land cleared for new communities. Alexander Estates is one of the communities under construction. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)

The city of Tomball is seeing an uptick in residential construction with hundreds of acres of land cleared for new communities. At least six new communities are underway with others proposed or recently completed, many of which are within public improvement districts, a real estate development tool to help fund improvements in the new communities. The annual PID assessment within the city ranges from $1,700-$4,500 per lot, City Manager David Esquivel said in an email.

The city of Tomball includes about 3,800 homes, Esquivel said. About 2,100 new homes are anticipated within five years, he said. Additionally, the city is on track to receive about $4 million more in general fund revenue than was anticipated for fiscal year 2020-21, approximately half of which stems from new development and associated fees, Esquivel said.



What is a public improvement district?


A public improvement district, or PID, is a real estate development tool similar to a municipal utility district, or MUD, that allows a developer to recoup costs spent on a project by assessing fees to homebuyers.

There are 11 PIDs in the city of Tomball as approved by City Council members, which span most of the city’s new residential communities.

Fees are paid to the city, which then makes a payment to reimburse developers for the cost of specified improvements.


PIDs have either a 15- or 30-year lifetime, over which homeowners pay an assessment per lot. Most existing PIDs in the city have a 15-year lifespan.

New legislation


House Bill 1543, which was signed into law June 4 and will take effect Sept. 1, seeks to increase transparency in home sales within a PID as PIDs become more common in Texas, according to an analysis of the bill by the Senate Research Center.

Current law states the seller must provide notice to the homebuyer at the time the purchase contract is entered that the property is assessed a PID fee.

Under HB 1543:

  • A seller must provide notice both at the time of contracting and closing.

  • The homebuyer must acknowledge receipt of the required notice.

  • The buyer can terminate the contract if the seller does not provide notice.

By Anna Lotz

Editor, Tomball/Magnolia & Conroe/Montgomery

Anna joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. In July 2017, she transitioned to editor for the Tomball/Magnolia edition. She began covering the communities of Conroe and Montgomery as well in 2020. Anna covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Anna served as editor-in-chief of Cedars, interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., and spent time writing for the Springfield News-Sun and Xenia Daily Gazette.



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