Our Woodlands. Our Future.

What Was Mitchell's Vision?

George Mitchell’s vision for The Woodlands included blending nature with modern development practices. He called for a complete community with a major employment center or Town Center surrounded by residential villages. Today The Woodlands continues to thrive as one of the top master planned communities and stays true to Mitchell’s vision - to create an exceptional environment where people “live, work, play and learn”.

October 18th, 2022 - Dr. Ann Snyder
Our relationships with our valued public safety agencies, law enforcement and the fire department, and Montgomery County must be at the top of the Township’s list of relationships we embrace and enhance. Equally, if not most important is our relationship with the local community and listening to... Read more.
February 14th, 2019 - Charles Frantes
Commissioner Noack said, "While free from the burdens of roads, bridges, municipal courts and other city functions, the Township is able to focus on quality of life issues such as covenant enforcement, enhancing already amazing amenities, further development of its ISO 1 rated fire department, and... Read more.
October 1st, 2018 - Mike Bass
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... Read more.
August 15th, 2018 - Mike Bass
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... Read more.
May 25th, 2018 - Carolyn Newman
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... Read more.
January 25th, 2018 - Charles Frantes
In The Woodlands, an iconic sculpture of a man lying half submerged in the ground rests in the median on the east side of the intersection of South Panther Creek and Woodlands Parkway, where it was installed by artist David Phelps in 1989.  "The Dreamer" is a triple life-size mixed media... Read more.
December 18th, 2017 - Mike Bass
Did you know The Woodlands has more public art per capita than any other community in the United States? We have over 36 pieces of art residing in the public domain and another 30 plus pieces residing on private property. The problem is…too few people know this amazing fact and too few Woodlands... Read more.
October 27th, 2017 - Charles Frantes
Since its founding in 1974, The Woodlands has steadily grown into a thriving community in which over 115,000 people live and roughly 64,000 are employed. Amazingly enough, through all of this development The Woodlands has managed to maintain a land ratio of 28% green space (that’s 5% higher than... Read more.
June 23rd, 2017 - Amy Lecocq
We support local artists and arts organizations and advocate for our common needs and interests. The Woodlands Township’s consideration of a Cultural Arts Center is an example of a project that we wholly support to provide a needed physical hub for arts in our community. A Cultural Arts Center has... Read more.
February 20th, 2017 - The Woodlands In Focus
Job growth in the area over the past year has been impressive, said Gil Staley, CEO of The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership. “Despite the oil slump, we added jobs here," he said. In 2016, roughly 70 companies created more than 33,000 jobs, a number that’s up more than 500 jobs in the... Read more.
November 21st, 2016 - The Woodlands In Focus
Mr. Mitchell’s goal to have 1.5 jobs per household was rather unique for a suburban community. Certainly, as an economic developer, we see the positive impact of having an abundance of jobs for our residents and not be a typical “bedroom community”. The vision of Mr. Mitchell’s "Live, Work, Play... Read more.
October 18th, 2016 - Dr. Ann Snyder
People helping people is what has always been the distinguishable trait of The Woodlands since its inception. When someone falls down, there is always someone there to help. A “spirit of generosity” runs throughout every facet of our community. And I’m exceedingly proud of this. Since the time of... Read more.
September 28th, 2016 - Robert Heineman
What is the vision? From its inception in 1974, The Woodlands has pioneered the blending of nature with modern development practices, creating a new standard in the quality of community development. One of the original goals of The Woodlands plan was to maintain the natural forested environment... Read more.
September 16th, 2016 - Dr. Ann Snyder
Our community is going through some changes and challenges that have caused disharmony. I understand that and respect those who might not agree with everything I believe. But if we are all up front about where we really stand on the issues, we can come together and find common ground no matter how... Read more.
August 7th, 2016 - The Woodlands In Focus
"We knew the best place for it to be would be in the wooded area, north of Houston. And so we selected an area 25 miles from downtown Houston, to start putting the block together." "...Ian McHarg did wonderful work studying the environmental issues on the whole 25,000 acres. We did such a good job... Read more.
July 25th, 2016 - Mike Bass
I also think understanding Mr. Mitchell’s HUD submission in 1972 is an important reference in understanding his vision. This document presents a very comprehensive view of his vision at the very beginning of the journey. When I read this document, I am amazed at how relevant his vision is still... Read more.
July 23rd, 2016 - Robert Heineman
A major goal has always been to create at least 1½ jobs/ household in The Woodlands. This would maximize the potential to create a “complete community” where people can “live, work, play, and learn.”... Read more.
July 5th, 2016 - Robert Heineman
The Woodlands was always envisioned as a “complete” community with a major employment center where one can “live, work, play and learn.” The economics of land development dictates, with rare exceptions, “rooftops first” followed by commercial development and employment. Therefore, the residential... Read more.