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Meeting Date: 10/20/2016  

SUBJECT MATTER:
Receive, consider and act upon a discussion of incorporation questions to be added to the Township website including the Township’s Regional Participation Agreements as they relate to annexation and the Township’s ability to incorporate (as requested by Director McMullan); 
FISCAL IMPACT:
N/A
BACKGROUND:
At the Board meeting on September 28, 2016, Director McMullan requested an agenda item to discuss frequently asked questions regarding incorporation to be added to the Township website.

In addition, based on public comments received, several Directors requested a statement of fact to clarify that the City of Houston does not have the ability to annex the Township by changing legislation, as the Township and the City of Houston entered into a Regional Participation Agreement that contractually obliges the City to release The Woodlands from its extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ), if The Woodlands successfully passes an election for the purposes of incorporation as a municipality or adoption of an alternate form of local government pursuant to Texas law, at any time between 2014 and November 2057.

The Woodlands Township website has a section on governance-related matters at www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/governance. This section contains the Township’s Strategic Governance Position that was adopted in 2012, as well as links to “Governance Resources”, which includes all reports from the 2011-2012 Governance Study and historical information regarding the community’s transition to the Township’s governance structure; the Township’s “Enabling Legislation”; and a link to “Governance Events”, which includes historical information, videos and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) from the 2011-2012 Governance Study. 

The main landing page of the governance section also includes a list of 10 Frequently Asked Questions related to broader governance issues with the heading of Incorporation, Transition and Governance. 

To assist in the Board’s discussion of frequently asked questions to be placed on the Township website regarding incorporation, attached are the 10 questions and answers currently included in the Incorporation, Transition and Governance FAQ section and a list of relevant questions and answers provided during the previous governance study. 
RECOMMENDATION:
Board to determine action.
Attachments
FAQs currently on the Township website
Draft Additional Questions


    

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