Army Corps extends deadline to comment on high rise planned in Kingwood
There is now more time for the public to submit their thoughts about the controversial high-rise project planned in Kingwood.
In a press release dated Thursday, The Galveston District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wrote that the public comment period for The Herons Kingwood Marina will now end on March 1, or 30 days after the original Jan. 31 deadline.
“We’ve had many requests from the community for the extension,” said Elizabeth Shelton, USACE Galveston regulatory project manager. “We also wanted to allow additional time for other agencies to provide comments.”
An initial version of the USACE’s public notice listed the due date as “February 14, 2019.” The press release’s point-of-contact, Lt. Col. Mark T. Williford, said that the detail will be promptly remedied.
Per the release, the USACE’s Regulatory Division is evaluating the project’s proposed discharge of fill material into wetlands and streams adjacent to the West Fork San Jacinto River. Comments can be sent by mail, fax (409-766-6301) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) “by close of business” on March 1.
At a community meeting on Monday, Bill Fowler, vice-chair of Lake Houston Area Grassroots Flood Prevention Initiative, and Bob Rehak of the site Reduce Flooding (reduceflooding.com), said the comments can be positive or negative, should include the reference permit number SWG-2016-00384 and follow the tips that they provided.
One of the latter was “loss of wetlands.”
Travis Curl, one of 300-plus residents who attended the community meeting on Monday, hopes that the change equals the USACE is indeed listening to the public’s concerns.
“While this is a positive first step, we need to continue working as a community to safeguard and address the impacts of this substantial development - all while we’re still being hit with continuing flooding vulnerabilities,” he said via text.
The Herons Kingwood Marina, developed by Houston-based Romerica Investments, LLC and designed by Italian firm Torrisi & Procopio Architetti, has been the focus of Kingwood residents.
They said that, despite the beautiful design, the inclusion of high-rises, parking garages, boat docks and other facilities could worsen the conditions of an already flood-ravaged area and alter Kingwood’s serene “Livable Forest” identity.
The development is planned around the Barrington community just south of the intersection of Kingwood and Woodland Hills drives.
In addition to an upscale marina, the development will feature many businesses, such as a hotel and cinema alongside several high end condominiums.