Growing Houston sees developments planned in ‘old deer huntin’ country’

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A planned 4,500 home development north of Houston is the latest expansion of the fast-growing city into formerly untouched lands. Dallas-based Howard Hughes Corp. broke ground on the 2,000-acre master-planned Woodland Hills community this week, with construction to be fully complete in almost a decade. “I remember this as old deer huntin’ country,” Conroe Mayor Toby Powell said, according to the Houston Chronicle. In regards to exposure to flood risk in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, the Howard Hughes Corp. told the Chronicle that “home sites that builders purchase from us will allow the builders to construct homes at or above the 500-year elevation.” [Houston Chronicle]