West Ranch offers the rare and limited opportunity to live in a master-planned community in the City of Friendswood, known for its small town charm, tree-lined streets and outstanding schools. This property and 47 wooded acres along Clear Creek will soon become Friendswood’s premier place to live, shop, work and play. When complete, West Ranch will be home to approximately 1,300 families.
The beautiful 766-acre development is bordered by Centennial Park, Chigger Creek and Clear Creek and will have 68 acres of commercial development in the master plan, which includes a 23-acre Village Center. More than 60-acres of park space and over ten miles of trails that traverse through 100+ acres of green space extending to Centennial Park will provide another way for residents to enjoy the natural beauty that enhances this community. Two recreation complexes are planned and will feature pools, playground areas and tot lots. Single family homes, estate homes and garden homes will line the streets of West Ranch, which is served by the highly-regarded Friendswood Independent School District. New home buyers can expect a wide variety of housing styles and sizes from some of Houston’s most respected builders.
What is the West Ranch Utility District?
The West Ranch utility management district will fund the design and construction of trunk water and sewer facilities, detention, West Blvd. and Falcon Ridge Blvd. The district will also provide some of the park facilities in the public park along Chigger and Clear Creeks. The $0.55 tax will fund the debt service on the bonds issued to fund these projects and costs associated with the maintenance of the detention ponds throughout the project.
No maintenance costs will be associated with the water and sewer facilities like there would be in a normal MUD as these facilities will be deeded to the City and the City of Friendswood will maintain those items.
The tax rate is set each year as is any taxing authority. The bonds that will be issued will probably be 25 year bonds, however, there could be multiple issues, therefore, no one can guarantee a pay off time. West Ranch Utility District would be required to gain approval from the City of Friendswood prior to paying off bonds or changing the tax rate.
All homes in West Ranch will be subject to mandatory membership in the West Ranch Homeowners Association, a non-profit organization. Annual dues in 2017 are $1,250. Dues will be paid in two installations of $625 in Spring and Fall. When purchasing a new home in West Ranch the association dues are pro-rated from the date of ownership. Those living in the newest gated section of West Ranch will be charged $300 in addition to the yearly dues of $1,250.
The West Ranch Homeowners association will fund the maintenance of all private park space, nature trails, landscaped green reserves and monumentation, along with maintenance of the following recreational amenities:
- Fishing landing
- Additional park/landscape maintenance
- Additional portions of greenbelt system
- Two recreation centers
Future proposed amenities:
- Additional greenbelt trails, pocket parks, playgrounds
West Ranch offers a community intra-net site for residents. This community website offers 24 hour access to association documents, news and events and provides capabilities to distribute email messages to all registered users. Other association expenses covered by the annual dues include community events, association management expenses and general maintenance.
2016 Tax Information
|City of Friendswood||0.546000|
|Galveston County Road & Flood||0.005753|
|West Ranch Management District||0.550000|
|D08 (Galveston Cnty Consolidated Drainage)||0.112000|
|Total Tax Rate||$3.152753|
The tax rates presented are an estimation based upon on the previous year's tax rates and/or third party information and are provided as a courtesy without representation or warranty of any kind (expressed or implied) for completeness, accuracy, or all other purposes. We recommend that the local taxing authorities be contacted for the most recent and/or up to date information.