Trendmaker Homes plans to develop 412 acres with 700+ homes on previous delineated wetlands near the intersection of Clear Lake City and El Dorado Boulevards in the Clear Lake area, with Fidelis building a large shopping center and parking lot in front of Trendmaker’s gated community. We want all of this land to continue to function as a critical storm water detention and wetland complex.
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Galveston Baykeeper is leading the charge for the lawsuit against Trendmaker. The GBK lawsuit is focused on protecting wetlands. Currently the wetlands at this site, and all across Houston for that matter, are not considered "jurisdictional" by the Galveston Army Corps of Engineers, because they perceive these wetlands to be isolated from larger water bodies like Armand Bayou. GBK has excellent university data from two nearby sites documenting that these wetlands are far from isolated, that they play a very important role in maintaining the water quality of our bays and bayous. This lawsuit is focused on Trendmaker, at least initially, but the ramifications of the case extend across the entire US Gulf of Mexico. Please CLICK HERE to donate to our very important cause. You can even specify the Trendmaker development case to be sure 100% of your donation goes to our legal fund.
About Our Fight
Why are so many people angered by this proposed development in the Clear Lake Area?
This land, with numerous wading birds, migrating birds, frogs toads, river otters, deer, coyote, and other wildlife, situated alongside quiet, uncongested neighborhoods was sold by ExxonMobil to Kinder Morgan and then to Fidelis. Fidelis, then sold 412 acres to Trendmaker Homes, and kept the remainder to build commercial stores and offices.
Many home owners in the Pine Brook, North Fork, and Bay Oaks sub-divisions are outraged by this proposed development for a variety of reasons including promises of adjacent undeveloped land in perpetuity.
There are many different kinds of wetlands and they all perform ecological functions, and produce certain goods and services that are valuable to humans. The most important functions wetlands perform on the Texas Gulf Coast are:
Water Quality , Flood buffers, Wildlife Habitat, Irreplaceable Green Space, Recreation and Wildlife.
“The consensus among landscape ecologists is that only 3-5% of the land remains undisturbed for plants and animals” (Rosenzweig 2003). “In other words, humans have taken 95-97% off all land in the lower 48 states for our use” (Tallamy 2007), with “41.4% of land for agriculture, and 53.6-55.6% of land for cities and suburbia” (2002 Census of Agriculture).
This green space was promised to remain undisturbed by Friendswood Development, an affiliate of ExxonMobil.
Sponsored by: Concerned citizens of the Clear Lake area
Trendmaker Homes plans to develop 412 acres with 700+ homes on previous delineated wetlands near the intersection of Clear Lake City and El Dorado Boulevards in the Clear Lake area, with Fidelis building a large shopping center and parking lot in front of Trendmaker’s gated community. We want all of this land to continue to function as a critical storm water detention and natural wetland complex.
Tell the Houston Council that destroying natural resources is over.
Town Hall Meeting
Oct 7, 2013 Houston City Council District E Rep. Dave Martin will host a town hall meeting on Monday, October 7, 2013 from 6 pm till 7:30 pm at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, Garden Room, at 2700 Bay Area Blvd.
Sept 11,2013 Association of Clear Lake Communities met with Trendmaker to discuss concerns related to protecting each community’s property values and preventing actions that may negatively impact the community that each represents. El Dorado is scheduled to be extended and widened north of CLC Blvd. with work beginning Feb 2014. CLC Blvd. will be widened from existing 4 lanes east to El Dorado.
Appealing Medians and Greenbelts
Aug 7, 2013 The Clear Lake City Boulevard Association met with Fidelis with the goal of continuing to provide Clear Lake residents with appealing medians and greenbelts along the entire boulevard through uniform maintenance and landscaping- especially with the construction of the proposed retail shopping center. Thick screening of the retail center with shrubbery and trees is desired from a residential viewpoint.
Stop Trendmaker Development in the Clearlake Wetlands
To: Dave Martin, City Council Member - District E
To: Stephen Costello, Council Member at Large 1
We are concerned and strongly object to the proposed residential and retail development of land in the Clear Lake area by Trendmaker Homes and Fidelis at El Dorado and Clear Lake City Blvd. for the following reasons:
• Promises of adjacent undeveloped land in perpetuity: At the time of purchasing their homes, Friendswood Development assured new homeowners that this land would remain undeveloped land in perpetuity.
• There are adjacent homeowner concerns about the safety of existing underground storage tanks and old wells, as well as the difficulty of locating all gathering lines to insure there is no current and future soil and water contamination.
• There may be inadequate detention to support the increased flooding into adjacent neighborhoods when substantial green space and natural wetlands are eliminated.
• Traffic will be significantly increased and jeopardize the safety of children and adults crossing Clear Lake City Boulevard to go from one side of the neighborhood to the other.
• Green space along Clear Lake City Blvd may turn into concrete, with a significant number of 30-50’trees and recently built by City of Houston sidewalk eliminated to build more lanes- increasing traffic noise for adjacent homes and reducing the beauty and value of our neighborhood.
• This area is home to an abundance of wildlife and will become ‘nuisance’ animals to many residents once their homes are destroyed and/or are killed as a result of the development.
• Abundant developed vacant commercial space exists less than 3 miles from the proposed development. Green space is highly preferred verses more parking lots and commercial buildings.
• The development negatively and severely impacts delineated wetlands, home to one of the last prairie pothole complexes in the Houston area.
• Existing wetlands: The Armand Potholes area is a unique geologic formation - one of the last prairie pothole complexes left in the Houston area. Prairie potholes, (concave remnants of ancient river channels) once covered millions of acres on the Texas Gulf Coast. Only a few thousand acres are left today. These freshwater depressions, formed thousands of years ago and shaped by wind, by buffalo and other creatures, are irreplaceable geographical legacies - one of the most diverse on earth. Once they are gone, there is no replacing them. Their diverse concentric zones provide fresh water and support a variety of plants and trees – vital habitat to over hundreds of species of resident and migrating birds as well as resident wildlife. (See www.PineBrookWetlands.com for an example of an adjacent neighborhood prairie pothole).
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Sponsored by the Concerned citizens of Clear Lake
Galveston Baykeeper is leading the charge for the lawsuit against Trendmaker. The GBK lawsuit is focused on protecting wetlands. This lawsuit is focused on Trendmaker, at least initially, but the ramifications of the case extend across the entire US Gulf of Mexico.