The Woodlands Township
The Township is a special purpose government district with limited authority and can only establish and enforce rules on property it owns (Township parks, pathways, pools, facilities and recreation centers) in accordance with its enabling legislation.
City of The Woodlands
The city will have municipal powers and authority as provided to a General Law City and can initiate and enforce rules for community standards through establishment of city ordinances (examples – animal control, fireworks, noise violations, tree preservation restricting clear cutting, street parking, road right of way and utility corridor management authority, law enforcement, etc.) as defined by State Law. If the City were to change to Home Rule, its authority and ordinance-making authority would be broader and defined by its voter-approved City Charter.