In early 2020, a developer, Meritage Homes of Texas, approached the Fort Bend County MUD No. 146 (District) Board of Directors (Board) requesting that the Board consider annexing into the District an approximately 55-acre tract west of the existing District boundaries. The developer was seeking to develop the tract with approximately 167 single-family homes, which would need to be provided with public utilities, including water supply and distribution, sanitary sewer collection and treatment, and drainage facilities. The preliminary land plan and plat for the development are shown below.
Because the tract borders a substantial portion of the District’s western edge, the District is very interested in ensuring that any development on this tract is compatible with and beneficial to the existing Long Meadow Farms community. To that end, the developer signed an agreement and deposited funds for the District’s engineer and financial advisor to perform analyses to determine whether it is feasible for the District physically to construct the public water, sanitary sewer, and drainage facilities required to serve the tract, and whether it made sense financially for the District to do so. The analyses showed that the annexation is feasible, so the District and the developer began negotiating terms for a proposed annexation.
One of the District’s longstanding conditions for any annexation request, including this one, is that the developer ensure that the new development share a similar “look” and “feel” as the existing community. Although at this time the new development will not be part of the Long Meadow Farms Homeowners Association, the District is working with the developer to ensure that development standards consistent with the existing community are incorporated into deed restrictions that can be enforced by the new homeowners association that the developer will create for the tract.
In addition, following discussions in the fall of 2019 with Fort Bend County regarding traffic and other concerns relating to Winding Path Way, the County abandoned the stub out at the end of Winding Path Way located on the western edge of the District. As a result of the abandonment, Winding Path Way will not connect through to the new development, and the District is working with the developer on a plan to modify the paving and landscaping in the area to remove the stub out and round off the existing cul-de-sac, which was required by Fort Bend County as a condition of agreeing to abandon the connection.
Many residents also have expressed concern regarding the status of the approximately 40-foot reserve along the western edge of the District generally behind Beverly Chase Drive and Crescent Knolls Drive. The District plans to maintain the 40-foot reserve, including preserving the mature trees located on the District’s property where possible.
The District has not yet annexed the tract into the District. The District, however, has finalized its agreement with the developer for the annexation and is working through the required process with the City of Houston to allow for the annexation to be completed, most likely sometime in the spring or summer of 2021.
The District understands that this issue is of great interest to the community and welcomes all public input. All interested members of the public are invited to attend the District’s Board meetings, which currently are occurring via telephone conference due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The meeting agendas are posted at the Welcome Center and on the District’s website, http://www.fbmud146.org, at least 72 hours prior to the meeting. Written comments and questions can be submitted to the District, via http://www.fbmud146.org/contact.