STOP THE FLOODING in MUD 386 in The Woodlands, Texas
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During Hurricane Harvey, homes in MUD 386 flooded at a dramatically higher rate than homes elsewhere in The Woodlands. Statistics demonstrate a strong correlation between flooded areas and the Howard Hughes Company’s involvement in their development. MUD 386, the entity responsible for drainage, must work in the interest of its residents to (a) aggressively pursue comprehensive drainage remediation solutions with ZERO conflict of interest with the development company, (b) suspend payment on existing and future reimbursements from MUD 386 to the development company, and (c) curtail utility service connections in new areas until a drainage remediation plan has been implemented and proven effective.
The Woodlands development in Texas is a preferred brand in the Houston residential real estate market—largely due to the well-engineered flood control system built under founding father George Mitchell. As ownership of The Woodlands Development Company shifted from George Mitchell to the Howard Hughes Company (NYSE: HHC), however, much of Mitchell’s original quality control and commitment to residents was lost.
- When MUD 386 was established, authorization of bonds, acceptance of facilities designed by the developer, and agreements to reimburse the developer were rigged by a developer-controlled board of directors.
- S.B. 2483 was passed to enable MUD 386 (still under the development company’s control) to use ad valorem taxes to reimburse the developer for recreational facilities built within MUD 386. No other MUD within The Woodlands Township is required to pay the same reimbursement for recreational facilities in their district and many, if not all, home buyers were not provided notices required under state law for this glaring exception.
Drainage Performance Statistics
Statistics demonstrate a strong correlation between flooded areas and the Howard Hughes Company’s involvement in the development of those flooded areas.
- For neighborhoods outside of MUD 386, approximately 215 of 33,000 homes flooded, or 0.6%.
- In MUD 386, approximately 340 of 4,500 homes flooded, or 7.6% of all homes in Creekside Park.
- Flooding in the Creekside Park’s West area (MUD 386), was 25-30 times greater than other areas of The Woodlands.
Please sign this petition to ask MUD 386, State Senator Brandon Creighton, District 150 Representative Valoree Swanson to:
- Establish a requirement that all members of the MUD 386 board, consultants to MUD 386 and contracted parties with MUD 386 (including MUD 387) provide an annual declaration of previous and current conflicts of interest with the development company.
- Prepare and adopt a formal policy to eliminate conflicts of interest between board members, consultants and the development company.
- Prepare a comprehensive Drainage Remediation Plan to remediate flooding problems to a level consistent with the overall performance level of The Woodlands, i.e. to a level of flooding of no more than 1% of the homes existing.
- Retain a fully independent engineer to review and approve a comprehensive Drainage Remediation Plan.
- Suspend all existing and future reimbursements to the developer, and curtail utility service connections in new areas of development for lots held by the developer until the Drainage Remediation Plan is established, implemented and found to be effective.
- REPEAL S.B. No. 2483 that enables MUD 386 to use ad valorem taxes to reimburse the development company for recreational facilities.
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