The Reserve at Katy

Katy, Texas

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In 2006, Costello assisted ABHR and a local developer to create a new Municipal Utility District (MUD) named FBC MUD No. 161. The District has 212 acres of mixed-use development and is located within the City Limits of the City of Katy, Texas.

In 2011, a new developer purchased the property, and at that point, the MUD’s drainage detention basin was the only developed item in place. At the time of purchase, the new developer had no direct MUD experience and had just begun to bring their housing product to Houston.
Costello serves as the MUD Engineer and Project Engineer to assist the developer with the civil components of the community.

From the beginning, Costello took additional care to share all information with the new developer and their team to ensure they fully understand the rules and future reimbursement process regarding MUDs.
To date, the MUD for this community has sold four water, sewer, and drainage (WS&D) bond applications as well as three road bonds, collectively totaling over $25 Million. The MUD and community are currently over 95% developed.

The scope of work has included residential design of eight sections, design and oversight of the street intersection and traffic signal for FM 1463 and Spring Green Boulevard, surveying, coordination of job site contractors, construction observation, preparation of punch lists, and maintaining written and photographic proof of project field conditions, quality of work, and compliance of construction activities.

Relevant Project Services

  • Residential site design
  • Traffic engineering
  • Utility district engineering
  • Surveying
  • Construction phase services

Project Size and Cost

  • 212 acres
  • Estimated construction cost over $17M

Unique Project Attributes

  • Worked with TxDOT, FBC Pct. 3 and project developer to build Spring Green Boulevard through the project, a major collector road
  • Project is an in-city MUD that required working under the rules of the City of Katy

Challenges Faced

  • Working out perimeter drainage and grading plans with a neighboring MUD (Firethorne)
  • Building a 90-degree sweeping turn with a traffic signal on FM 1463
  • Working with neighboring Woodcreek Reserve MUD to share in sewer facilities downstream

Resolutions & Results

  • Facilitated meetings between developers to iron out lot grading issues along the perimeter
  • Built a sewer force main through an existing community downstream without any major interruptions in service


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