Frequently Asked Questions
Would you rather have condos in your back yard?
The Water Authority has NO authority to build anything on this property. Condos could not have been built before because of deed restrictions. Condos can’t be built now either. This tactic is used to frighten you. Don’t fall for it.
What about all the flooding?
Our area does not flood because of lack of detention capacity. Harris County Flood Control District maps show our elevation to be above the 500 year flood plain. HCFCD considers our channels to be quite capable of handling even extreme storm events. Any local flooding is the failure of the CLCWA to maintain and improve infrastructure. We flood because the Water Authority doesn’t do their job. It took them two decades to get around to digging a simple plain ditch beside one house that suffered sheet flooding for many years. Bay Area Blvd flooding was a result of a blocked storm sewer pipe which they finally got around to fixing. They are using these situations to justify a huge excavation that won’t improve any street flooding in our area. Just another tactic to frighten you. Don’t fall for it. Flooding Issues
If we don’t have flooding, why do we need a big ditch?
We don’t. The myths about flooding are perpetrated by the CLCWA and their affiliates. The Precinct 2, Harris County Commissioner and Harris County Flood Control District refused to fund the Old Golf Course (OGC) ditch. It is not needed. They felt it is a poor use of their available taxpayer money. We know it is for sure.
Why is this group making such a fuss? The CLCWA says their plans aren’t even finalized.
If you look at their website, you will see the same “plan” to dig a huge ditch through the entire golf course, removing mature trees and destroying ponds resulting in devastation to the wildlife and harm to the community’s property values and quality of life. Already large healthy beautiful trees are banded for destruction. Their plans ARE finalized even if they haven’t told you. When you see the bulldozers out your back window, it will be too late.
Who is paying for all this?
We, the homeowners in the CLCWA boundaries, will pay with our taxes and fees at an estimated cost of approximately $50 million dollars. The Water authority may promise that they “pay as they go”, but they didn’t before. They left us with a huge debt. Why will it be different this time? After all, you are their checkbook. We feel that the CLCWA plan is WRONG, fiscally irresponsible and a detriment to our community.
What about the pretty pictures showing landscaped parks on that green plan website?
A picture that that takes minutes to create does not replace a 50 year old oak. They are just pretty pictures, nothing more. The CLCWA has no money to fund any landscaping or amenities. All you will get is a barren, sun baked ditch behind your house. The trees and birds that live on the OGC will be gone. They won’t come back for decades.
But they say it will be a park.
It is a park now. Look at the photo gallery. When the Water Authority cuts downs all the trees and the birds are gone, will it be a park? Or just a hot barren lifeless ribbon of concrete along a weed choked stream of stagnant water?
Who are the Stop The Bulldozers people?
We are residents of the OGC and local area who have banded together to inform the OGC property owners of the true costs of the CLCWA's massive gutting of this 178 acres and to encourage everyone to save our homes, our mature trees, our beautiful community.
What do you want?
1) a more sensible, sane and realistic approach to water detention in the area
2) a fiscally responsible approach guided by good management and sound accounting practices
3) protection of our property values
4) protection of our existing trees, wildlife and quality of life
What can I do to help?
Get informed. The shell game of misrepresented facts, the use of scare tactics, the bullying of private citizens are not the actions of good government, honest government or their appointed representatives. Demand that your tax dollars be used to solve real problems, not used to destroy your quality of life. Don’t get taken in by their double talk and empty promises. Protect your pocketbook!
Contact your neighbors, your friends and relatives. Inform them of the truth. Ask them to get involved. This is an outrageous misuse of our tax dollars. Urge them to contact www.savetheogc.org.
Put a sign in your yard indicating your feelings about saving the golf course area from excavation. It could say "SAVE OUR PROPERTY VALUES" or "SAVE OUR TREES" with a reference to www.savetheogc.org at the bottom of the sign. If you prefer, email us using the "Contact Us" form, and we will deliver a sign to you. One more way to get the word out to our neighbors. The more signs we have around the neighborhood, the better.
Let the Water Authority know that you do not support this outrageous, ridiculous, unnecessary plan. Demand responsible, honest government from your elected officials.
Who do I contact regarding my concerns about the Old Golf Course (OGC) reuse?
Go to our website www.savetheogc.org for more information. The website is an ongoing process as we add new items, so check back often.
How do I find what area of the OGC I live on? (Numbers redefined by CLCWA shown in red. These numbers represent the order in which the devastation by them will take place.)
Area 1(5): Between Diana and Torry Pines, bounded on the north by Penn Hills and on the south by El Dorado.
Area 2(4): Between Diana and Torry Pines, bounded on the north by El Dorado and on the south by Reseda.
Area 3(1): Between Areas 2 and 4, bounded by Reseda. The Club House was here.
Area 4(2): Between Fairwind and Ramada, bounded on the north by Neptune and on the South by Reseda.
Area 5(3): Between Seahorse and Neptune/Sea Kale, bounded on the east by Gunwale and on the west by Bay Area Blvd.
Will Friends of the OGC have a meeting soon?
The second meeting was held Saturday, March 23, 2013. See the CLSWA Plan for a synopsis of that meeting. See the Home Page. If you want to be informed by email, ask to be placed on our mailing list.
Will you explain detention vs retention?