Before after clearing at Northpark South

From Green to Gone in Three Weeks

I took the first picture below two years ago before the clearing of Northpark South started. All the rest were taken during the three weeks between November 9 and December 1, 2023.

Looking west toward the San Jacinto West Fork from the west end of Northpark Drive at Sorters-McClellan Road, this is what you saw before clearing started.

Northpark South, October 31, 2021. Note pocket of wetlands in middle. Intersection in bottom left was under eight feet of water during Harvey.
Clearing starts in wetlands. November 9, 2023.
Eight days later. November 17, 2023.
Another seven days. November 24, 2023.
December 1, 2023.

In the pictures above, note a sister development in the upper right corner called Northpark Woods by the same developer, Century Land Holdings of Texas, LLC. The developer totally cleared it, too.

Of course, it’s easier to grade the land, fill in wetlands, and put in streets that way. But it doesn’t slow floodwaters down or soak them up. That will soon be the job of homes and carpets. Lots of them.

The developer asked the Houston Planning Commission for a variance to build 235 homes on lots as small as 5000 square feet here.

Getting Rid of Green

What do you do with all that timber? Turn it into 2x4s? Mulch? Paper? Pencils? Something socially useful?

Why not just burn it and save all that trouble?

You can save the hauling costs.

Close up of burn pit.

Let people breathe it. Not a problem if you’re a developer with headquarters in Colorado!

Looking east toward Kingwood and Northpark Drive at top of frame.

This is how you go from green to gone in three weeks. If it were the only such story, it might not be worthy of mentioning. But you can see this same story being played out relentlessly across the watershed.

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Posted by Bob Rehak on 12/2/23

2286 Days since Hurricane Harvey

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