Plans are underway to turn the former Forest Cove golf course into home sites.
At the August Kingwood Area Super Neighborhood Council meeting Sept. 15, Chairman Stan Sarman called attention to a city of Houston planning commission public hearing regarding the re-platting of the shuttered Forest Cove golf course. The course is closed and has not been maintained since Hurricane Harvey. The purpose of the hearing is to receive public comments about the proposed plan by its current owner, major Kingwood developer Ron Holley, to replat the course into 58 single-family residential lots and four reserves. It is the first step in a multiple-step process that will determine the future use of the land. The ultimate impact on the residents located adjacent to the land will be significant. Sarman advised it was his understanding all directly affected residents received the same notice but he wanted to be sure everyone on the council who might have an interest was fully aware of it. Dustin Hodges of Houston Mayor Pro-Tem Dave Martin’s office provided more details about the overall process about to begin.
“There are multiple pieces to what they have to do to develop it. Re-platting is the first step of this, and I believe there has to be two hearings, especially when they are requesting a couple of exceptions with street design,” Hodges said.
There are also state laws in addition to city ordinances that pertain specifically to the development or redevelopment of a golf course into a single-family development. He noted those requirements that may come into play with this project are not yet included in the information posted for the public hearing.
Hodges noted he understood there is a way for the people who live in the affected area to formerly protest the proposal if they so desire and to require not just a majority commission vote but instead a three-fourths majority approval of the proposed replatting.
“The planning commission is in the process of gathering all the information on the development, not only regarding the city requirements but with the state laws as well. We hope to get that information early next week,” Hodges said.
The public meeting is scheduled for Sept. 30, at 2:30 p.m. at the City Hall Annex Building, 900 Bagby Street. It will also be available to join online via “Microsoft Teams.” For instructions on how to join the Microsoft Teams meeting, interested persons are advised to check the commission website, houstonplanning.com, 72 hours prior to the meeting or call 832-393-6624.
Hodges also explained progress of all the city of Houston projects in Kingwood currently underway have been delayed for at least a few days due to the impact of Hurricane Nicholas Sept. 14.
In other business, Roycelyn Bastian of Lone Star College-Kingwood advised the council Lone Star system began classes Aug. 30.
“At our Kingwood campus we have an enrollment of 11,692. At our Atascocita Center, we have 1,762 students and at our Process Tech Center we are down to 484. Overall, I think we have done well considering COVID and the issues everyone has been facing,” Bastian said. She also explained the Lone Star Atascocita Center has entered into a relationship with a public charter school, iSchool High-Atascocita.
“It is a free public charter high school that is operating out of our Atascocita Center. The students can easily transition into our dual credit programs so they can earn some college credits along with their high school classes,” Bastian said.
The next Kingwood Super Neighborhood Council Meeting is currently scheduled to be held Sept. 15. Due to the continuing COVID-19 threat, the council decided to continue conducting it as a Zoom teleconference next month and until further notice, at least through the end of the year.