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Tomball annexes 375-acre site of new Harris County service center

May 22, 2018 GMT

The Tomball City Council unanimously voted on Monday night to approve the annexation of a nearly 375-acre property where Harris County Precinct 4 is building a service center.

The Harris County Commissioners Court announced its intention of approaching the city of Tomball with a request to have the property annexed in November.

The $19.9 million service center is expected to house county vehicles, such as tractors and trucks, so that workers don’t have to travel across the precinct to reach a location in that area, Precinct 4 commissioner Jack Cagle said.

“That is one of the large areas that we need to serve,” he said.


Since the property is located on higher ground it would be less likely to flood and may also be the future location of the Precinct 4, Place 1 Justice of the Peace courthouse, which had severe flooding during Hurricane Harvey.

Tomball’s annexation takes the property, which is also known as the Willow Cree campus, out of the city of Houston’s extraterritorial jurisdiction.

The annexation allows the service center to obtain utilities from Tomball, such as water and sewage services.

After the vote approving the annexation of the property, Tomball city manager Rob Hauck said he recommended that the council also approve an interlocal agreement with the county for the development, ownership and maintenance of gas and water infrastructure on the 375-acre land.

“In lieu of us charging impact fees of $170,000-ish, it allows Harris County as part of this construction while they’re developing this property to put in and install infrastructure that will greatly benefit us as a city,” he said.

Tomball mayor Gretchen Fagan also hosted the second public hearing to designate the property as a commercial district on Monday.

Given its location just west of Texas 249 and along the proposed Holderrieth Road, which is currently a dirt road, the area is expected to be developed for businesses.

“The purpose of the commercial district is to provide location for retail sales and service activities where steady traffic is considered. The utilities are currently being extended to the property by the county and has direct access to the tollway as well as the future extension of Holderrieth Road,” said Craig Meyers, Tomball community development director at the previous meeting on May 7.

No residents arrived to speak and the council voted in favor of the property as a commercial district.

The service center is currently being built along North Humble Lake Road, located between Alice Road and Humble Road.