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We have a relatively safe community with a low crime rate. The consultants tell us we have the best roads of any city of our comparable size. Our widespread use of covenants ensure that we have stronger regulations over development and existing properties than any city can achieve using ordinances. We have a relatively low Township property tax rate. So again, what problem does the board believe we need to so urgently solve?
I urge all Woodlands residents to pay special attention to the upcoming November 2018 elections for the new seven member Board for the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District (LSGCD). We need new board members who will vote to support future decisions that will not adversely impact south Montgomery County and northwest Harris County though over pumpage of our aquifers. An increase in pumpage greater than the current 64,000 acre-foot goal may help settle the current legal dispute with Conroe and other major water suppliers, but will do so at the expense of those of us living in south Montgomery County.
Most Woodlands Residents normally pay little attention to the requirements of our Restrictive Covenants and Standards (collectively called Deed Restrictions) or their enforcement. At least until they want to make improvements or major repairs to their property. But when they purchased their homes they agreed to abide by the requirements of these Deed Restrictions. Standards have been developed for both Commercial and Residential Properties and are applied uniformly across all The Woodlands. These standards are updated from time to time to reflect new building practices, materials and architectural designs. Numerous HOAs exist within The Woodlands, which also have their own Deed Restrictions. However, these individual HOA rules and regulations are subservient to The Woodlands Restrictive Covenants and Standards.
Our Restrictive Covenants and Standards are an integral part of the overall governance structure envisioned by George Mitchell. They were originally developed by The Woodlands Development Company to sustain his ideas and concepts.
Last Friday morning, members of the Bayou Land Conservancy and community leaders, volunteers, and residents from The Woodlands area gathered for a ribbon cutting ceremony to unveil the Spring Creek Nature Trail. The grand opening celebrating the completed construction of the new 13-mile natural surface hike and bike trail was the culmination of coordinated efforts between various organizations and over 2500 hours of hard work from volunteers.
Surrounded by lush forest and greenery, the Spring Creek Nature Trail meanders along and across Spring Creek, and is the first trail that’s going to connect Harris and Montgomery Counties and go all the way to I-45.
The trail has four main entrances: The Dr. Ann Snyder trailhead is located of Creekside Forest Drive, the Rob Fleming Trailhead is at 6464 Creekside Forest Dr., the Flintridge Trailhead is inside the George Mitchell Nature Preserve, and the Montgomery County Preserve Trailhead is off Pruitt Road. The Dr. Ann Snyder Trailhead is not open to the public yet, but should be later this summer.
Jill Boullion, Executive Director of the Bayou Land Conservancy, started off the ceremony by sharing a brief history of her organization’s construction of the trail. “On March 10, 2017, a group much like today gathered at the Creekside Park Preserve to break ground on the Spring Creek Nature Trail," she said. "I remember that event was graced by the presence of a bald eagle soaring over our heads. Our goal was to finish the 13 miles of the volunteer-built trail by the summer of 2018. To be honest, we weren’t sure we could accomplish that, but we are here today to celebrate that unbelievable accomplishment. The initial construction phase is complete, slightly ahead of schedule."
The Woodlands GREEN has a legacy of partnering with The Woodlands Township. Though it began with recycling, the two entities now work together to promote numerous sustainability related educational initiatives. This partnership is a reflection of the history and vision of The Woodlands, and the desire of Woodlands founder George P. Mitchell to obtain a better balance between urban development and the natural environment (LINK).
Many residents choose The Woodlands because of this balance of natural beauty, sensible development, and cultural amenities. The educational programs and activities offered by The Woodlands GREEN give residents a way to get involved and support positive environmental and sustainability actions around the community.
“The Woodlands area has a very active cultural arts community with many offerings throughout the year,” township Director Ann Snyder said. “In my opinion, the market for the arts is large and growing in The Woodlands and surrounding areas. It appears there is a definite need and demand for cultural arts facilities.”
To address the increasing demand for cultural arts, the township is nearing completion on a study to determine if an arts center and natural science museum could succeed in The Woodlands.
Nick Wolda, president of The Woodlands Convention and Visitors Bureau and director of community relations, said The Woodlands can rely on commercial growth for economic success.
“Ongoing commercial growth within the township and projected significant population growth in the region will contribute to continued economic growth for the community,” Wolda said.
The hard data supports The Woodlands as well. Niche, the neighborhoods and schools rankings site, based these best city rankings on real statistical analysis as well. Cost of living, the percentage of residents with a college degree, average commute time, crime rates, public school ratings, resident reviews and weather are some of the major factors.
Over the past 43 years since the Village of Grogan’s Mill opened in 1974, George Mitchell’s vision has come to life with the development of each of the eight residential villages that make up The Woodlands.
Developers modeled the layout of the new community after similar neighborhoods around the country. Among the key planning committee members was Ian McHarg, a landscape architect specifically sought out by George P. Mitchell because of his unique design principles. McHarg embraced and applied a design that would minimally affect the area's woodlands and wildlife, according to a University of Massachusetts essay authored by ecologist Kristine Swann.
"McHarg looked at The Woodlands as an opportunity to apply his theory of ecological determinism - allowing the ecology of the land to determine what development could and should take place," Swann explained.