Imperial Oaks

Montgomery County, Texas

The Imperial Oaks Subdivision has been one of the most successful master planned communities in the north Houston area. The developer steadily increased the project size by the addition of large undeveloped tracts, and IDS assisted in the acquisition, due diligence, boundary survey resolutions, and utility district creation necessary to serve what became the 2,291-acre master planned community.

We identified the potential for unusually large quantities of wet sand construction during the conceptual design stages for each section; allowing the developer and district to properly budget the projects. Sandy soils and perched water tables required close coordination with geotechnical consultants. Poor natural drainage and numerous wetlands in the area required constant coordination with wetland consultants. Most of the sections were designed to remain wooded lots. IDS provided construction phase engineering services for Imperial Oaks Park, which was funded primarily through a matching grant in excess of $800,000 from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Imperial Oaks Park surrounds a designated wetland area with concrete sidewalks meandering through the woods. This park has turned out to be a wonderful amenity for the residents and is regularly used for gatherings and wetland education.

In 2011, Imperial Oaks was named Houston's Best Community of the Year by the Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA).