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The District is a political subdivision of the State of Texas, created by special act of the 61st Legislature, Regular Session, 1969, and operates pursuant to Chapters 49 and 54 of the Texas Water Code, as amended. The District presently contains approximately 2,112 acres of land.

The District is located in north Harris County, approximately 20 miles north of the central downtown business district of the City of Houston. The District lies wholly within the extraterritorial jurisdiction of the City of Houston. Substantially all of the acreage in the District lies within the boundaries of the Spring Independent School District with the exception of approximately 387 acres, which lie within the boundaries of Aldine Independent School District. Access to the District is provided by Interstate Highway 45 or the Hardy Toll Road to Farm-to-Market 1960, then east to Aldine Westfield Road.

The older development within the District includes the residential subdivisions of Timber Lane, Sections 1 through 12 (collectively, 2,073 lots on approximately 500 acres), Sandpiper, Section 1 (225 lots on approximately 46 acres), Sandpiper Village, Sections 1 and 2 (131 lots on approximately 13 acres) and Cypress Trails of Timber Lane, Sections 1 and 2 (532 lots on approximately 89 acres) plus 105 duplexes and quadraplexes on 8 acres. These sections have been developed and substantially built out for many years.

The District also provides water, sanitary sewer and drainage facilities to serve Spring Crossing, Sections 1 and 2 (38 acres developed into 280 single-family residential lots), Park Spring, Sections 1 through 7 (156 acres developed into 672 single-family residential lots), Cypress Terrace, Sections 1 through 3 (54 acres developed into 305 single-family residential lots), Highland Glen, Section 1 through 4 (84 acres developed into 341 single-family residential lots), Maple Terrace, Section 1 (27 acres developed into 122 single-family residential lots), Werrington, Section 1 (72 acres developed into 386 single-family residential lots), Werrington Park Section 2-5 (89 acres developed into 519 single family residential lots) and Arbor Trails, Section 1 through 3 (45 acres developed into 220 single-family residential lots). Street paving is also complete in these subdivisions.  Builders who are either affiliated with the developers of the subdivisions or have lots under contract in these subdivisions include D.R. Horton , Colina Homes, and Anglia Homes. New houses in these subdivisions are being offered for sale at prices ranging from approximately $186,000 to approximately $245,000.

As of October 8, 2020, 6,240 homes (including some duplexes and quadraplexes) were completed in the District (of which 6,117 were occupied and 123 were vacant) 251 homes were under construction or owned by a builder, and approximately 357 developed lots were vacant.

In addition to the single-family residential development described above, the District contains four apartment projects constructed on approximately 71 acres, which contain an aggregate of approximately 525 units.  A 180 unit senior living complex on 11 acres  Commercial and retail development within the District includes approximately 61 connections comprised primarily of single businesses, tenants in three retail shopping centers, and three small professional office buildings and a Walmart Neighborhood Market, collectively on approximately 35 acres.

The District contains approximately 274 acres of developable land which are not presently provided with internal water, sanitary sewer and drainage facilities and an additional 96 acres are located within the present 100 year flood plain designation and approximately 190 acres are included in District plant sites, drainage rights of way, and open space. Of such developable acreage, approximately 51 acres are owned by D.R. Horton, 94 acres are owned by CET and 129 acres by various entities none of which have reported development plans.