South Montgomery County is a rapidly growing part of the greater Houston-Galveston region in terms of population and employment. As such, the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) has established a partnership with Montgomery County, The Woodlands Township, the City of Shenandoah, the City of Oak Ridge North, The Woodlands Road Utility District #1 and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to examine current and future mobility needs in what will be known as the South Montgomery County Mobility (SMM) Plan. The SMM planning process involves performing a sub-regional mobility study that will improve mobility and access to jobs, homes and services in the study area by analyzing current and future conditions (e.g., population, employment, other relevant demographics, roadway network, and economic development).
At the May 16, 2013 Board meeting, the Township Board approved the South Montgomery County Mobility Plan Scope of Work, subject to any minor revisions, and authorized funding the plan study in an amount not to exceed $50,000 for the Township's share. The Township recently received the Interlocal Agreement for the study. The agreement outlines the division of costs by local entities participating in the study and H-GAC and formalizes the terms of the Township and H-GAC in conducting the study and creating the South Montgomery County Mobility Plan.