Montgomery County officials looking ahead at thoroughfare plan, Woodlands Township incorporation

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Montgomery County's thoroughfare plan. It was approved in 2016. Picture courtesy of Houston Galveston Area Council.

By Beth O’Brien, reporting for Bluebonnet News of Montgomery County

Montgomery County commissioners are looking at updating the existing thoroughfare plan as a way to accommodate the county’s continued growth. The thoroughfare plan, as well as a transition of governmental services in the event that The Woodlands Township incorporates, were brought before Commissioners Court on Tuesday by Pct. 3 Commissioner James Noack.

Noack said as fast as Montgomery County is growing, it’s important to keep the thoroughfare plan as updated as possible. Noack said a thoroughfare plan will help landowners know approximately where the new major thoroughfares are going to go, and it aids in the development.

The thoroughfare plan for Montgomery County, which was put together by the Houston Galveston Area Council, was adopted in January 2016.

“There’s a lot of things on there that really need to be cleaned up, some need to be moved or removed totally from the plan,” Noack said.

Noack said one of those involves Gosling Road.

“[Pct. 2] Commissioner [Charlie] Riley and I were talking about Gosling Road,” Noack said.  “That was a road that was going to go north, from The Woodlands to Conroe, and I don’t think there’s any interest by either of us of ever seeing that happen. I have the realignment of Townsen Road that I want to take care of, and there’s some others that I want to look at.”

Noack said the County has been talking to Brown and Gay Engineering Consulting Firm about some of the realignments that have been coming into Harris County that need to be worked on and tweaked in his precinct.

“I like the idea that each commissioner is going to work on his own precinct, but we’re going to do it under one umbrella, using Brown and Gay, and we’ll have lots of public meetings and input,” he said.

Montgomery County Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack discusses issues relating to transition of governmental services in the event of incorporation of The Woodlands Township.

Noack also brought up issues and limitations of a transition of governmental services in the event of incorporation of The Woodlands Township.

Noack said he wants to make certain that, if incorporation occurs, the right information is being discussed.

 “Anytime something this complicated goes on, there’s a lot of misinformation that gets disseminated,” Noack said. “From my perspective, as a commissioner of the majority of The Woodlands, I just want people to understand that if a vote of incorporation occurs, that I’m going to do everything I can to make certain that the transition is as smooth as possible, but they need to understand with that transition, there’s going to be costs associated with it.”

Noack cleared up some misunderstandings that the County could continue to maintain roads inside The Woodlands Township, once incorporated, at no additional cost.

“We can’t just step in and do that,” Noack said.

The Woodlands Township Board of Directors will be discussing the incorporation planning study at their regular board meeting at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 23.

To look at Montgomery County’s thoroughfare plan document, log onto:

http://www.h-gac.com/thoroughfare-planning/documents/2016-Montgomery-County-Thoroughfare-Plan-Document.pdf

To view the Township’s meeting agenda, log onto:

http://tx-thewoodlandstownship3.civicplus.com/991/Agendas-Minutes-and-More

To look at The Township’s incorporation study, log onto:

https://www.thewoodlandsincorporationstudy.com/

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