Why did you choose to
live in the Champion Forest area? Schools,
treed esplanades, beautifully manicured golf
course and open green space, proximity to
Houston, George Bush IAH or HP, birds, peace and
quiet of country style living were the replies
back in 2006. Time passes, friends die,
neighbors move out, new friends and neighbors
move in and a month doesn’t go by that the PUD
doesn’t receive an inquiry about Raveneaux or
Cypress Forest Park. How did it happen?
Who were these mysterious people who wanted so
much from their rural but urban neighborhood?
For the next 3 months, we’ll step back into
history, in between bankruptcy and contract, and
examine the incredible development of this
historic, meaning first time in Texas, deal
concerning Cypress Forest Public Utility
District and Raveneaux. We’ll explore how
phrases such as SOS, a teenager with keys to the
car, the train is pulling out you better get
onboard, let’s work with Kleinwood, it’s not our
business, it’s either fear or greed, if it’s
good for Raveneaux it’s good for Champion
Forest, and finally White Knight. Game
changer comments that excited the neighborhood
as well as the Board.
In this month’s letter, we’ll set the stage
in 2005 to August 9th 2006, next month we’ll
cover from August 9th 2006 meeting until
November 2nd 2010 order adding land, and finally
from that date until February 8th 2011 when the
Park Property closed.
At April 5th 2005 PUD meeting we discussed
that the golf course may be in bankruptcy
proceedings related to the District’s possible
sale of sewage treatment capacity to Kleinwood.
On July 5th 2005 our engineer reported on
activities related to the proposed development
of approximately 300 condominium units on the
Raveneaux Golf Course and a retirement complex
(now The Conservatory) on a 5.229 acre tract
located adjacent to the proposed Chateau
The area faced change. Our community
matured, areas such as The Woodlands and
Gleannloch Farms offered different amenities to
their homebuyers, development upstream along
Cypress Creek raised flooding concerns, and
neighborhood deterioration east of Kuykendahl
and south of FM 1960 brought fear of crime.
Change evolved into threats to way our life.
On October 4th 2005 Mr. Kindred requested to
present to the Board a written proposal for
development of land currently included in the
Raveneaux County Club Tract. The Board
authorized Mr. Robinson (our attorney) and
Director Jackson to meet with Mr. Kindred to
discuss the proposal.
On April 4th 2006 the PUD received Proposal
for Proposed Development Project and Annexation.
Mr. Kindred reported that he is not ready to
present a written proposal for development.
He stated he expects to present at the next
month’s Board meeting. He reported that
golf course renovation will begin on June 5th
2006. The Board suggested public meetings
be held to discuss the future development and
solicit comments from the community.
On August 9th 2006 Tony Kindred of Raveneaux
Country Club, Mark Jordan of Kera Development,
LP, Tim Green of Coats, Rose, Ryman & Lee
PC and Gary Wilson of Wilson Architectural Group
present proposal to standing room crowd.
Let the story begin.