Canyon Gate

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Canyon Gate at Cinco Ranch or Canyon Gate at Historic Cinco Ranch is a subdivision in unincorporated Fort Bend County, Texas, near the Cinco Ranch census-designated place. It is located at Farm to Market Road 1093 and Mason Road.[1]

The development has 205 acres (83 ha) of land.[2] As of 2018 it has 721 houses.[3] Cinco Municipal Utility District (MUD) 8 provides utility services to the subdivision. James Drew of the Houston Chronicle described it as the "de facto government" of Canyon Gate.[4] It was the first of several gated communities developed by Land Tejas Development.[1]

History[edit]

The initial developer was American General subsidiary Cinco Ranch East Development Inc. while Land Tejas Development LLC was another developer.[4] Pulte Homes, Royce Homes and Pine Forest Homes were the home builders.[2]

In 1985 the Texas Legislature created Cinco MUD 8.[4] The first houses were scheduled to be open in the beginning of 1998. The prices ranged from $90,000 to over $160,000.[2] Many of the houses were built with "intelligent" computer systems from IBM.[5]

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built the land on which Canyon Gate resides to receive flooding from the Barker Reservoir. Beginning in 1994 the Fort Bend County government began including warnings about this aspect in government records; MUD 8 never included these warnings in its records.[4] Canyon Gate was not defined as being in a 100 year floodplain so not very many residents obtained flood insurance.[3]

In 1996 MUD 8 began selling bonds to pay off the developer's costs of creating the subdivision.[4]

The subdivision flooded during Hurricane Harvey in August 2017 as the Barker Reservoir overflowed.[3]

Government and infrastructure[edit]

As of 2018 Cinco MUD 8 board holds its meetings at Greenway Plaza in Houston.[4]

Education[edit]

Katy Independent School District operates area public schools:[6]

Previously Seven Lakes High School served the area.[7]

University of Houston System - Cinco Ranch is in the area.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bivins, Ralph. "Opening doors to walls - Gated developments broaden field - Homes for under $100,000 to be sold in fortified areas." Houston Chronicle. March 13, 1998. Business p. 1. NewsBank Record: 3040641. Available from the Houston Public Library newspaper section on its website, accessible with a library card number and PIN.
  2. ^ a b c Bivins, Ralph. "Go west - Grand plan takes shape near Katy - New subdivisions, retail stores becoming reality." Houston Chronicle. December 31, 1997 Business p. 1. NewsBank Record: 3024736. Available from the Houston Public Library newspaper section on its website, accessible with a library card number and PIN.
  3. ^ a b c Wallace, Tim; Derek Watkins; Haryoun Park; Anjali Singhvi; Josh Williams (2018-03-22). "How One Houston Suburb Ended Up in a Reservoir". The New York Times. Retrieved 2018-07-21.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Drew, James (2017-10-07). "Canyon Gate homeowners were not warned about potential flooding". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2018-07-21.
  5. ^ Bivins, Ralph. "Living in the future - IBM, Land Tejas to wire new `intelligent' homes." Houston Chronicle. September 24, 1998. Business p. 1. NewsBank Record 3084986.
  6. ^ a b "Schools." Canyon Gate. Retrieved on July 21, 2018.
  7. ^ "Schools." Canyon Gate. August 18, 2006. Retrieved on July 21, 2018.

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Coordinates: 29°42′36″N 95°44′20″W / 29.709983°N 95.738752°W / 29.709983; -95.738752