Regional Participation Agreement (RPA)
The Woodlands Township
In 2007, The Woodlands Township entered into contractual Regional Participation Agreements (RPAs) with the Cities of Houston and Conroe, which provide that neither city will annex any part of The Township for 50 years. The RPAs were authorized by state statute and subsequently approved by The Woodlands voters who authorized the creation of the Township as it currently exists by approving the boundaries, approving an elected seven member Board of Directors and approving the implementation of an ad valorem property tax levy. Following the voter approval of creation of The Woodlands Township, by agreement, the Community Associations of The Woodlands were dissolved and all services and responsibilities transferred to the Township. The RPA agreements provide that at time of incorporation, the Cities of Houston and Conroe will release the property within The Woodlands Township boundaries from their respective ETJs, meaning that they could no longer annex The Woodlands.
City of The Woodlands
At Incorporation, the Regional Participation Agreements provide that property located within the ETJs of the City of Houston and Conroe and within The Woodlands Township boundaries, would be released from the ETJs of the two cities and become part of the boundaries of the new City of The Woodlands. All properties within the new City of The Woodlands would no longer be subject to annexation by the City of Houston or the City of Conroe.