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News File - Impacts of Governance & Incorporation

  • Community Impact Newspaper
    If signed into law, the bills would expand the enabling legislation approved in 2007 that released The Woodlands from potential annexation by Houston and Conroe until 2057 and provide a legal path to incorporation.
  • Community Impact Newspaper
    Aside from allowing The Woodlands to incorporate as a general law city, the legislation requires a proposed initial maximum property tax rate for the community at incorporation be included in any ballot language. The proposed legislation also states if a majority of The Woodlands voters do choose to incorporate, a subsequent election would need to be held to elect a mayor and five council members, or a mayor and two city commissioners. The township’s board of directors has seven members today.
  • The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce
    Montgomery County Day at the Capitol brings together a Montgomery County grassroots network of members and friends of all Montgomery County Chambers of Commerce. Join us for the 85th Legislative Session to work to increase public and legislative support for our business community.
  • Hello Woodlands
    Chairman Bunch addressed the importance of The Woodlands for visitor dollars. The 14 hotel properties in The Woodlands collectively have over 820,000 hotel room nights available each year, Bunch said. “We have developed into a great destination for corporate and convention meetings.“ Tax revenue generated by the tourism industry is invested back into improving The Woodlands Township infrastructure and programs, he said.
  • Community Impact Newspaper
    1. The Texas Legislature convenes Tuesday in Austin, and local legislators from The Woodlands area have already filed numerous bills. One of the big priorities for state Rep. Mark Keough, R-The Woodlands, is property tax reform to alleviate the growing burden of rising appraisals. State Sen. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe, also co-authored Senate Bill 2 with Sen. Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston, which touches on almost all aspects of the state’s property tax system.
  • Community Impact Newspaper
    The Woodlands has until 2057 to incorporate until it risks becoming annexed by the cities of Houston or Conroe, according to existing legislation. No timeline has been set, but the township’s board of directors has been planning since early this year how to incorporate responsibly when the time comes. See what the nine candidates had to say on the topic.
  • Conroe Courier
    In spite of the heated controversy surrounding incorporation – the action that would make The Woodlands into a municipality – each of candidates seemed to agree that the time line, cost and other specifics on incorporation remain unknown. Some candidates did differ on the need for an incorporation reserve fund and the potential benefits of incorporation.
  • Houston Chronicle

    Chairman of the board Ed Robb believes the zeal for immediate incorporation would backfire on residents, creating higher taxes and more red tape for doing business in The Woodlands. Both he and Bass believe there are other, more effective ways to combat the issues the township has with county governance.

    "We don't need a knee-jerk reaction," Robb said. "We need to be exploring our enabling legislation and working with our state representatives to lay a pathway to make incorporation less painful when the time comes."

  • Conroe Courier

    It’s unlikely that, even if The Woodlands were a city, it would be able to prevent such things as the building of the controversial Kroger fuel station in Alden Bridge and the clear-cutting for the creation of the Creekside Park Village Center. “The scope of regulation in The Woodlands is a lot more than the average city,” Foerster said, explaining that the current covenants and deed restrictions enforced by the township are already more than usually restrictive. “There is a misconception that becoming a city cures all ills ... Our deed restrictions and covenants are stronger rules (than ordinances),” said Bruce Tough, chairman of The Woodlands Township Board of Directors. “They provide better protections than what a city could do.”

  • Community Impact Newspaper

    The Woodlands Township is a special-purpose district that was created in 2007 through legislation, a referendum and regional participation agreements with the cities of Houston or Conroe. These agreements also released The Woodlands from potential annexation by Houston and Conroe until 2057 in exchange for a portion of the community’s sales tax.