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The Woodlands Joint Powers Agency

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1985, Taft Architects. 2455 Lake Robbins Dr.
  • (Photograph by Gerald Moorhead )

Were The Woodlands an incorporated city, this small but forceful building, with its Post-modern condensation of a classical portico, would be its city hall. It houses the only institution of local government in The Woodlands, the Municipal Utility District management authority. In Texas, real estate developers can petition the state to create a municipal utility district (better known as a MUD) for the purpose of selling bonds to pay for the installation of water and sewer infrastructure in unincorporated areas. Beginning in the 1950s MUDS emerged as a critical mechanism for developing suburban real estate in the Houston area because they enabled developers to avoid incurring the cost of installing infrastructure improvements. The Woodlands Joint Powers Agency administers the eleven MUDS that serve the community.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "The Woodlands Joint Powers Agency", [Spring, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas: Central, South, and Gulf Coast, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013, 374-375.

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