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THE WOODLANDS EDITION VOLUME 8, ISSUE 5 | JAN. 15-FEB. 12, 2019

INSIDE, FIND 17PAGES OF COVERAGE

ANNUAL

10 stories to follow this year

Incorporation decision looms following study 1

8 IMPACTS

NowOpen, Coming Soon &more

12 TO-DO LIST

Monthly, annual events

ANNUAL

24 COMMUNITY INFO 40 DEVELOPMENT

Statistics, local demographics

Projects to know in 2019

The Woodlands Township’s ongoing study on incorporation is slated to wrap up in the first quarter of 2019.

43 GUIDE

Local destinations to visit

Group to lead us through these important next steps in fine-tuning the financial model and facilitating a robust public outreach program,” township Chairman Gordy Bunch said in a statement. Bunch said the study is still expected to be complete in the first quarter of this year, depending on if transition contracts can be negotiated with Harris and Montgomery counties CONTINUED ON 44

procedures on how to incorporate. However, TheWoodlands Township board of directors voted in December to end its contract with Matrix Con- sulting Group, the lead firm conduct- ing the incorporation, opting to name The Novak Consulting Group—a con- sulting firm conducting an indepen- dent analysis of Matrix’s study—as the lead firm to complete the study. “Going forward, we look forward to working with the Novak Consulting

BY WENDY CAWTHON After several months of study The Woodlands Township has entered the last phase of its ongoing $800,000 study on incorporation which, if approved by the board, could lead to a resident vote later this year. The township has heard several presentations analyzing what it would take to operate as an inde- pendent city, following enabling state legislation in 2017 providing

51 DINING FEATURE

La Francesita Gourmet Bakery Cafe

OTHER TOP STORIES TO FOLLOW IN 2019 2 Conroe ISD considers new bond

7 Groundwater lawsuits resurface 8 ResearchForestDrivestudybegins 9 State targets school finance 10 Woodlands approaches build-out INSIDE 46

3 New officials take office 4 Flood projects stall in area

5 Mixed-use developments debut 6 Gosling Road bridge continues

54 GUIDE

Private schools in TheWoodlands

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