NFBWA to Begin Construction of Non-Potable Water Distribution Network

The North Fort Bend Water Authority (the “NFBWA”) is expected to begin construction of a non-potable water distribution system within Long Meadow Farms in both Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District No. 146 (the “District”) and Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District No. 194 (“MUD 194”) in January 2021. The project includes the installation of underground water lines throughout the District and MUD 194 to provide non-potable water for irrigation and amenity lake level maintenance. The non-potable water, which is Type 1 Effluent water, is safe for human contact but not treated to the stringent level of drinking/potable water. The buried non-potable water line network is separate from the potable water lines network. The new non-potable system will reduce potable water use by approximately 0.26 million gallons per day. Construction impact is expected to be minimal, because directional drilling methods will be utilized to minimize disruption of roadways and utilities and to reduce impact to sidewalks and landscaping. The project is being funded by the NFBWA, and the new non-potable system is expected to be operational by approximately the fourth quarter of 2021.

Entities drawing water from a well within the Fort Bend Subsidence District (the “FBSD”) must have a Ground Water Reduction Plan (“GRP”) that implements a 60% reduction of groundwater reliance by 2025. The NFBWA was created to develop a long-term supply of alternative water sources in an effort to reduce the impacts of subsidence in Fort Bend County, to conserve water resources, and to educate people on the value of water. The District has partnered with the NFBWA to meet the FBSD mandates and instill conservation practices through reclaimed water.

For more information about the NFBWA, please visit www.nfbwa.com.

For more information about the FBSD, please visit www.fbsubsidence.org.

North Fort Bend Water Authority Fee Increase

Effective January 1, 2021, the North Fort Bend Water Authority (NFBWA) is increasing its mandated surface water fee from $4.30 per 1,000 gallons to $4.60 per 1,000 gallons. This Subsidence District mandated fee, reflected as a separate line item on your water bill, is paid directly to the NFBWA and is used to design, build and operate new infrastructure, which delivers surface water to your district.

For more information about the NFBWA, please visit www.nfbwa.com.

Crime Prevention Tips

The holiday season is upon us and while we are all preparing for family festivities, criminals are preparing for opportunities to take advantage of your holiday shopping spree!  The December holiday season historically sees an increase in criminal activities, but motor vehicle theft is one of the most common criminal activities that takes place year-round.

As a homeowner there are a few things you can do to help avoid being the victim of this type of activity:

  • Always remove your keys, roll up windows, and lock your car. Never leave your keys in the car while you are away, even if your car is parked in your garage.
  • Do not leave valuables in your car, even if they are out of sight. If you must leave something valuable in your vehicle lock it in the trunk.  If a criminal sees items of value in a vehicle then they are more likely to break into that vehicle.
  • The most common items stolen from vehicles are:
    • GPS Devices
    • DVD Players
    • Handguns
    • Money
    • Briefcases
    • Laptop Computers
    • Purses
    • Smartphones
    • Tools
  • If possible, park your car in your garage, next best alternative is your driveway. Try to avoid street parking, cars parked on the street are broken into more frequently than cars parked in a driveway.
  • Always activate your car alarm if you have one.
  • Report any suspicious activity immediately to the Sheriff’s or Constable’s Office.

The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office also offers a number of great tips for improving security measures of a residence, as well as a check list of items to be considered before leaving for vacation.  Click on or type the following link to view this information:  https://www.fortbendcountytx.gov/government/departments/administration-of-justice/sheriff-s-office/community-services/crime-prevention-tips.

To report suspicious activity or non-emergency criminal activities you may call:

Fort Bend County Constable Precinct 4 – (281) 242-4014

Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office – (281) 342-6116

Update on Annexation of Approximately 55-Acre Tract

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.

Preliminary Land Plan (PDF)

Land Plat (PDF)