About the Township

The Woodlands Township
The Woodlands Township is the governmental service provider for residents and businesses, providing enhanced law enforcement services, fire protection, environmental services, parks and recreation, economic development and more.

The Township staff and publicly elected Board of Directors are committed to public safety and exceptional levels of customer service. Together, they responsibly fulfill the governance needs
of the community while promoting the economic development of The Woodlands and providing services that enhance property values.
  1. History
  2. Expansion and Governance
  3. Transition and Services
History of the Township
While The Woodlands was originally founded in 1974 by George P. Mitchell, The Woodlands Township is the merger of the Community Associations of The Woodlands, Texas, and its entities with the Town Center Improvement District (TCID) of Montgomery County.

The Community Associations, which comprised The Woodlands Community Association (WCA), The Woodlands Association (TWA), The Woodlands Commercial Owners Association (WCOA), had a long history of providing governmental-type services to the residents and businesses in The Woodlands, dating back to the founding of The Woodlands in the mid- 1970s. The Woodlands Fire Department was established in January 1975 to provide fire and emergency medical services to residents of The Woodlands. The Woodlands Community Service Corporation was established in 1992 to provide staffing and managerial services to the community associations serving the needs of The Woodlands.

The Town Center Improvement District (TCID) was created in 1993 by the Texas Legislature as a governmental agency charged with promoting economic development in The Woodlands Town Center, a 1,000-acre business and commerce district. In January 2010, all of these entities came together under one governmental organization called The Woodlands Township.