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Meeting Date: 01/27/2016  

SUBJECT MATTER:
Receive, consider and act upon a Resolution regarding development of Wal-Mart adjacent to Village of Creekside Park;
FISCAL IMPACT:
None
BACKGROUND:
Coalition Against Walmart members attended and spoke during the Township Board of Directors’ meeting on December 10, 2015. Coalition members addressed the proposed Augusta Woods Village Wal-Mart and possible impacts on the residents of the Village of Creekside Park and students at Timber Creek Elementary School caused by the development project. The representatives of the Coalition asked that the Township Board support their efforts to mitigate the impact of the Wal-Mart Supercenter on residents of the Township.

The Coalition opposes having a Wal-Mart Supercenter adjacent to a Tomball Independent School District elementary school and resident homes located in the Township. As the planned development is located in unincorporated Harris County outside of The Woodlands Township, there is no legal avenue to stop the development. Consequently, the Coalition has focused on bringing the issue to area leaders’ (including the Township Board) attention regarding problems created in Creekside Park because of the Augusta Woods Village Wal-Mart development.  The ultimate goal of the Coalition is to mitigate impacts and risks imposed on area residents by the Augusta Woods Village development. 

During the January 10th Board meeting, members of the Township Board stated support for the Coalition’s cause and expressed a desire to limit the negative impacts of the development on Township residents. While the Township has no governmental authority over development of the Augusta Woods Village project, using the voice and influence of The Woodlands Township can make a difference in the outcome of the project in addressing concerns of Township residents.

The Coalition focused on three specific issues relating to Augusta Woods Village Wal-Mart, with the desire to prevent or limit negative impact of Wal-Mart on Township Jagged Ridge neighborhood residents and Timber Creek Elementary School students.

Those stated concerns are:

-    Traffic Risks & Mitigation
-    Buffers & Forestation for Privacy and  Reducing Sound/Light Pollution
-    Wal-Mart Aesthetics & Signage

The Township Board directed Staff to develop a resolution for the Township to adopt that supports the Coalition and expresses Township support to address and resolve the three areas of concern. An approved Township Resolution will be distributed to political subdivisions and commercial interests that may have an impact on the development of the Wal-Mart Supercenter.
 
Staff recommends sending a copy of the Resolution to the following recipients: State Representative Debbie Riddle, Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner Jack Cagle, Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman, City of Houston Planning and Development Department, Harris County Engineering Department Permits Section, Timbercrest Partners, LLC and New Harmonies Properties President Mark J. Coleman, Tomball Independent School District Superintendent Huey Kinchen, Wal-Mart Corporation Representative Daniel Morales, Timber Creek Elementary School Principal Lauren Thompson, Timber Creek Elementary School PTO Board President Rhonda Tucker, the Creekside Park Village Association, the Coalition Against Walmart Representative Kira Becker, and The Preserve at Augusta Pines Homeowners Association.
 
In addition, the Township Resolution directs Staff to work with other partners and contract services to:

-    plant additional vegetation in the open space reserve on the east side of Strake Drive to improve the vegetation buffer between the homes and the new development 

-     work with school officials to assure that the 30 foot vegetation buffer required as part of their site plan approval is completed on the south side of the school grounds

-    work with the School and contact Commissioner Cagle’s Office to request approval for a temporary four way stop at Creekside Green and Strake Road during certain school hours 

-    work with Commissioner Cagle’s office to request that the tree/vegetation buffer on the north side of Augusta Pines Drive be maintained and possibly enhanced 

-    work with the Township’s contract law enforcement to assure that there is adequate and visible law enforcement on Creekside Green during certain school hours  


The Resolution entitled RESOLUTION REGARDING DEVELOPMENT OF AUGUSTA WOODS VILLAGE TO BE LOCATED AT 25900 KUYKENDAHL ROAD, HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS; ADDRESSING CITIZEN CONCERNS REGARDING TRAFFIC,  SAFETY, AND TOWNSHIP RESIDENT IMPACT is attached for consideration by the Township Board of Directors.
 
RECOMMENDATION:
Consider and adopt a Resolution of the Township Board of Directors regarding development of a Wal-Mart Supercenter adjacent to the Village of Creekside Park in Augusta Woods Village to be located at 25900 Kuykendahl Road, Harris County, Texas. Instruct Staff to distribute the Township Resolution to the above named parties and work with partners and contract services to accomplish the items set-out in the Resolution
Attachments
Resolution


    

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