Chairman-Patricia-MaddoxIn this first quarter of the new year, your Spring Branch Management District would like to take this opportunity to tell you about just a few of the many endeavors we’ve begun. Already, 2013 is shaping up to be a productive year as we continue to pursue the goal of maintaining this district as a premier place to live, work, educate our children and invest in the future. To achieve this takes considerable planning that anticipates the long-term needs of the community, and the district has engaged a committee specifically dedicated to the development of a comprehensive plan that will help direct us for the years 2015 to 2025.

One of the areas requiring attention is our infrastructure. You will be pleased to note that Houston’s District A Councilwoman Helena Brown hosted a Capital Improvement Plan meeting at Spring Woods High School on February 25 to allow representatives from the city’s General Services, Public Works and Engineering, and Parks Department to present reports on projects in our community–those proposed and those already underway. One of the projects we’ve all been watching closely is the reconstruction of Long Point from Pech Road to Hollister, which is due to be completed at the end of this summer. Improvements to this major thoroughfare will greatly enhance mobility for area residents and businesses.

The SBMD Public Safety Committee also has been very busy developing proactive ways to improve the quality of life in Spring Branch. One of their initiatives is to work with the management of apartment complexes to decrease the amount of crime on their properties. To that end, the Apartment Life Committee’s role is being revised and will soon include interactive events to engage that community.

As you travel I-10, I hope you have noticed examples of our excellent billboard campaign that reminds everyone that Spring Branch is a great place to live and work, and is an easy commute to all the main business hubs of the area. The messages will change on a regular basis, so please keep watching! And while you’re enjoying the scenery, be aware that spring has sprung in Spring Branch and all of our beautification efforts are really blossoming–flowers, trees and shrubs budding out all over. Finally, we want to ensure that we continue to provide you with all of the latest information about new developments in Spring Branch, and our primary medium will be the revised web site which you can access at sbmd.org. Here you can find news briefs about the district, a calendar of community events, business and real estate opportunities, dining and shopping information, maps and contacts for city resources. Look for a refreshed version of the site in mid to late April.

You’ll also find more detailed information about board and committee meetings are available for you to peruse. I hope you will access this information often and take advantage of the buttons in the upper right-hand corner of the site to contact us or report a problem that needs attention. We’re always interested in your comments and welcome your suggestions.

Sincerely, Patricia Maddox Chairman