When will The Woodlands become a city? Why are we not a city now?
The Woodlands was built as an unincorporated master-planned community within Montgomery County and the extra-territorial jurisdiction of the City of Houston. This means that prior to 1999, the City of Houston had the ability to annex The Woodlands with a vote of the Houston City Council. Parts of The Woodlands were also built within the extra-territorial jurisdiction of the City of Conroe.

In 1999, an agreement was signed that in essence put a moratorium on the ability for Houston to annex The Woodlands and on the ability for The Woodlands to incorporate.

In late 2007, The Woodlands Township signed an agreement with the City of Houston, as well as the City of Conroe, that will allow The Woodlands to contribute to projects of regional and mutual benefit (such as better access to the Houston Medical Center or extending the Hardy Toll Road) in exchange for those cities releasing The Woodlands from potential annexation for a period of 50 years. This agreement gives The Woodlands freedom to determine its future governance once the moratorium agreement expires. Based on legal requirements related to these agreements, the earliest date that an election could be held to determine whether or not The Woodlands residents choose to become a city was May 2014.

In August 2012, The Woodlands Township Board of Directors adopted Resolution 011-12 related to the recent 18-month governance study and community outreach efforts. The resolution states that an incorporation election will be deferred indefinitely.Transition and Governance

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1. How can I find the most recent FAQs?
2. Could a newly incorporated city adopt a 65 and older or disabled tax freeze (also known as a tax ceiling)?
3. Will the 2007 legal agreement entered into by the Township to continue to enforce our covenants be binding on a future city, whether it be a General Law or Home Rule City?
4. I escrow taxes. How do I know if The Woodlands Township Property Tax has been paid?
5. When will The Woodlands become a city? Why are we not a city now?
6. When are the Township elections?
7. What is the current property tax rate?
8. What exemptions are applicable towards The Woodlands Township tax?
9. In the event of a sale of a home, would the seller be reimbursed of the tax for the remaining months of the year by the buyer?
10. Is The Woodlands, including the new village of Creekside Park, subject to annexation by Houston?
11. Does Harper’s Landing have representation in The Woodlands Township and the Village Associations?
12. Where can I learn more about Texas laws regarding municipal incorporation?