“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.
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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.