Houston Matters

Could The Woodlands Become Its Own City?

What would possible incorporation mean for The Woodlands — and would it protect the planned community from annexation by Houston or Conroe?

The Woodlands has started a study on its potential incorporation, which would mean the master-planned community created by George Mitchell in the mid-1970s could formally become a city with its own municipal government.

Could The Woodlands ever become a city? The master-planned community is considering just that.

The Woodlands is preparing to publish the findings of a study for residents on the pros and cons of incorporation. The planned community, located 30 miles north of downtown Houston, was created by George P. Mitchell in the mid-1970s, and is the only township in Texas.

If The Woodlands did become its own city, how would the needs and operation of the community change? And, would this move protect The Woodlands from annexation by the City of Houston or the City of Conroe?

To gain some insight into the situation, Houston Matters talks with Jerry Wood, former deputy assistant director of the City of Houston’s Planning Department.

And, for a historical look at how Houston grew into the city it is today, we talk with Jim Parsons of Preservation Houston.

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