The Neighborhood Cul-de-Sac
One of the unique master plan design features of The Woodlands is the neighborhood cul-de-sac. This land plan design is intended to maximize green space, limit traffic, contribute to public safety and to provide opportunities for neighbors to get to know each other. More than 1,800 cul-de-sac islands currently exist in The Woodlands.
The goal with these maintenance programs is allow the areas to be in harmony with nature, as over time this maintenance program will afford the cul-de-sac to grow and mature into a forested island. This type of cul-de-sac is easy to maintain and has its hardy native trees and shrubs still in place. Little pruning or weeding is required, and the native growth thrives to soften the streetscape and absorb the heat and sound.
Some residents desire for these areas to have improved landscaping with groundcovers, exotic shrubs or decomposed granite or a stone pad with a small bench. Projects such as these can be approved by The Woodlands Township by application, but elaborate projects are discouraged. Play structures, fire-pits, and basketball goals, among other items, are not permitted for safety and aesthetic reasons. For more information about permissible cul-de-sac improvements and application forms, please visit https://www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/104/Covenant-Administration.
In instances where residents wish to provide supplemental maintenance to their cul-de-sac between the regular service intervals provided by The Woodlands Township, it’s always a good idea to first check in with your neighbors, and to keep the maintenance of the cul-de-sac to the same simple standards that are provided by The Woodlands Township (Mowing, edging and blowing the perimeter of the island and minor litter pick up). Any other general landscaping questions or concerns regarding the vegetation or maintenance of the cul-de-sac should be discussed with the Parks and Recreation Department by calling 281-210-3800.
Overall, the neighborhood cul-de-sac, both small and jumbo, serve a number of purposes in the community, which in part makes The Woodlands a special place.