The Harris County Flood Control District is expected to close on its purchase of the Raveneaux Country Club in Champion Forest at the end of January, protecting the area from unsightly future development and perhaps leading to the creation of a flood mitigation project that includes a variety of community amenities.
If the project moves forward, the basin will help alleviate catastrophic flooding in communities throughout the Cypress Creek watershed, including Champion Forest, which has been affected by three major floods since 2015. The basin may also include recreational amenities and trails resembling those of the Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve in the Vintage, which also lies along Cypress Creek.
A popular amenity since the 1970s, the country club at 9415 Cypresswood Drive in Spring was one of many properties badly flooded by Hurricane Harvey in 2017. Officials with the Harris County Flood Control District have been in negotiations with the owners for the past year and only recently reached an agreement.
The project took a major step forward during the Jan. 7 Commissioners Court meeting, when the court authorized the acquisition of 27.63 acres owned by Kera Development LP and Cypress/Raveneaux LLC. Funding for this acquisition will come from the $2.5 billion flood infrastructure bond passed by voters in 2018.
If the transaction moves forward, Raveneaux will have one year to continue operating before HCFCD takes over the property. HCFCD also has plans to acquire the property’s adjoining 206-acre golf course, owned by the Cypress Forest Public Utility District, to develop as part of the basin.
Specific plans for flood-risk reduction projects at the site will be developed after the sale is complete. The flood control district will hold community engagement meetings to solicit input and ideas about future projects.
For more information, visit https://www.hcfcd.org/Resilience/2018-Bond-Program/Project-Lifecycle