Governance Historical Resources

For 2021:
Please see the most current Incorporation website at and the November election page at this link:


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.

The 2012 Woodlands Future Governance 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. From 2011 – 2012, 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, and the outcome would be used to develop a strategic governance position. Please review a presentation on the history of governance in The Woodlands that also includes a summary of the 2012 study findings.

Governance Planning Research

Historic Information Related to Transition and Governance

Learn more about governance in The Woodlands and about the transition from the Community Associations of The Woodlands to The Woodlands Township:

The Woodlands Community Magazine

The Woodlands Township Strategic Plan 2034

Other Links

  • Legislation
    • SB 1012 authorizes regional partnership agreements with the cities of Houston and Conroe to release The Woodlands from the threat of annexation.
    • HB 4109 provides for the expansion of the Town Center Improvement District which will serve as the political subdivision for the entirety of The Woodlands.