4 things The Woodlands residents should know the week of Feb. 20-25

Here are 4 things to know this week if you live in The Woodlands area.

1. The Woodlands Township board of directors will have a special planning meeting at 4 p.m. Wednesday to discuss incorporation-related topics. There are seven items on the agenda ranging from discussing responsibilities of an incorporated city government to the timing for additional studies associated with the incorporation process. There is no timeline for incorporation, however, The Woodlands has until 2057 to incorporate until it risks becoming annexed by the cities of Houston or Conroe.


2. In neighboring Harris County, a new program will go into effect March 1 for misdemeanor marijuana possession cases, according to the district attorney’s office. Every law enforcement agency in the county will be participating in the program, under which there will be no arrest, citation, charge, jail time or record for those caught possessing up to 4 ounces of marijuana. Instead, the individual will be required to take a four-hour educational class.


3. During a meeting last Thursday, the township board decided not to take action regarding an appointment to The Woodlands Road Utility District No. 1 board. There has been an empty seat on the WRUD board since former township Director Mike Bass resigned last fall. However, there were no new volunteers to serve on the WRUD board, which was formed in the 1990s to construct major thoroughfares and connector streets in The Woodlands. The WRUD levies a commercial property tax rate of 32 cents per $100 valuation, which drew concerns from the township regarding the legality of serving on the board of another taxing entity in the same geographical district.


4. The inaugural Inspire Film Festival begins Thursday and lasts through Sunday in The Woodlands. The event will take place at The Woodlands United Methodist Church, Cinemark 17 and the Market Street Cinemark featuring 10 films, special guests and live entertainment. For more details, click here.
By Marie Leonard
Marie came to Community Impact Newspaper in June 2011 after starting her career at a daily newspaper in East Texas. She worked as a reporter and editor for the Cy-Fair edition for nearly 5 years covering Harris County, Cy-Fair ISD, and local development and transportation news. She then moved to The Woodlands edition and covered local politics and development news in the master-planned community before being promoted to managing editor for the South Houston editions in July 2017.