Nonassisted Private Suburban Development

by Daniel B. Stauffer, (M.ASCE), Manager; Technical Services, Friendswood Development Co., Houston, Tex.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Urban Planning and Development Division, 1977, Vol. 103, Issue 1, Pg. 1-11

Document Type: Journal Paper


Kingwood is a successful 11,000-acre (45 km/FR/US2/TU/TF) privately financed balanced community on the outskirts of Houston, Tex. Master planning consists of residential villages and commercial and industrial areas tied together by a network of thoroughfares and linear parks. An innovative system of independent municipal utility districts provides bond-financed water, sewer, and drainage services. Police and fire protection, parks operation, and other municipal services are provided by resident-supported community associations. Utilities and community services are carefully phased to keep homeowner costs reasonable and to make eventual annexation by Houston feasible. Although Kingwood is still expected to earn the developer a reasonable profit, the large pre-investments and high risks connected with major new town development will likely restrict future efforts to smaller short-term projects.

Subject Headings: Suburbs | Parks | Municipal water | Private sector | Industries | Streets | Linear functions | Innovation | Texas | United States

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