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Transition and Governance
Strategic Governance Position
On August 22, 2012, The Woodlands Township Board of Directors adopted Resolution 011-12 related to the recent governance study and community outreach efforts. The resolution states that an incorporation election will be deferred indefinitely and staff is directed to develop a plan to report annually on any significant changes in community needs or potential financial consequences of incorporation so that the Board of Directors may consider any further actions.

History of Governance
Please view a PowerPoint presentation that reviews the history of governance in The Woodlands through September 2012.

The 2012 Woodlands Future Governance Study

In 2007, voters overwhelmingly approved a change in governmental structure that allowed residents to ultimately determine their future and release The Woodlands from annexation possibilities by the cities of Houston and Conroe. The Woodlands Township entered into Regional Participation Agreements (RPAs) with both cities that allow residents of The Woodlands to decide their future governance. At that time, Town Center Improvement District (TCID) changed its name to The Woodlands Township, and the Community Associations entered into an agreement that would transfer services and operation to the Township. The Woodlands Township assumed all responsibilities and services previously provided by the Community Associations on January 1, 2010, and the Community Associations were dissolved. These changes in governmental structure occurred after many years of dialogue and study.

A key provision of the RPAs provides The Woodlands with the ability to determine its future governance over the next 50 years, including the opportunity to incorporate as a city until November 2057. In 2011, The Woodlands Township Board of Directors facilitated a process that included research, analysis, and dialogue with citizens, businesses, and service providers. The purpose of this process was to determine what, if any, adjustments needed to be made to the current governance structure to lead the community into the future. 

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