Townsend Preserve and Splendora Crossing

Another 600 Acres of Forest Cleared in Splendora

Back in January of this year, I posted about two new developments on Gully Branch south of Splendora Junior High School on FM2090. At the time, two companies (Townsend Reserve, Ltd. and Forestar USA had begun to clear approximately 600 acres. Six months later, the trees are gone and the companies are installing infrastructure, such as roads and drainage. This area eventually drains into the the East Fork San Jacinto and Lake Houston.

Map of New Developments

Splendora Developments on 2090
Parcel owners and sizes. Green = land being cleared. Red = not yet clearing land. From: Montgomery County Appraisal District.

Ultimately, the cleared area shown in the pictures below will almost double. The two companies combined own 1209 acres.

Photos Taken on 6/4/2022 Show Extent of Construction

The first three shots below form a series as I panned right from east to west while looking south.

Looking southeast from Splendora Junior High Parking Lot across FM2090 at eastern section of Forestar USA property. Note Gully Branch bisecting property and large detention pond.
Looking directly south at Forestar property which will become Splendora Crossing. Parcel in upper right belongs to Townsend Reserve.
Looking southwest along FM2090. Townsend Reserve property at top of frame. Last week, Signorelli announced plans for a 3,000-acre development in the upper right corner of this photo.

The next two shots look west from farther west. The first shows Gully Branch (center) as it moves from Townsend property (top of frame) to Forestar property (bottom).

Gully Branch as it crosses the main entry to the two sites.
Main detention pond in Townsend Reserve (center). Two additional detention ponds will be built in the distance.

If you look closely at the photo above, you can see excavators and dump trucks already working on additional detention ponds near the top of the frame. See map below.

Townsend reserve and floodplain
Diagram of detention pond layouts from Townsend Reserve’s Drainage Impact Analysis.

Drainage Analysis Does Not Show Maps Based on Atlas-14 Data

To see construction plans and drainage impact analyses for these two sites, see my January 15th post on these developments.

WGA developed the drainage impact analyses for both developments using 2014 flood maps (see Townsend’s below). In fairness, WGA did attempt to calculate new flood elevations using its own measurements. But illustrations showing the old floodplain outlines, without mention of coming map changes, may mislead potential buyers.

Old 100-year floodplain superimposed on new Townsend Reserve development
Old 100-year floodplain superimposed on new Townsend Reserve development

Elevation Land Solutions developed the construction plans for Townsend. It disclosed flood risk more fully.

disclaimer for Townsend reserve in Elevation Land Solutions Plans
Disclaimer for Townsend Reserve in Elevation Land Solutions Plans found on virtually every page.

In fairness to developers, they can’t put their plans on hold indefinitely while new flood maps are drawn and approved. However, in fairness to buyers, you would think the engineering documents would at least disclose the potential of new maps based on Atlas-14 data. I’ve read fuller disclosures on an aspirin bottle.

Posted by Bob Rehak on 6/6/2022

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