Population growth in NW Harris County brings challenges

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- You wouldn't know oil prices are low based on the growth in a large portion of northwest Harris County.

The Cy-Fair area is home to more than 750,000 people. According to the Cy-Fair Chamber of Commerce, the growth is happening almost faster than they can keep up.

"People are coming here because of the schools," said chamber president Leslie Martone, "and the Grand Parkway has really fueled our expansion."

Multiple large housing developments up and down the 290 corridor are fueling the need for more retail. There are now five hospitals in the Cy-Fair area. And law enforcement is adding staffing to keep up with the population growth.

The one drawback is infrastructure. Traffic is typically the biggest complaint among those who live and work in northwest Harris County. The hope is that construction along Highway 290 will soon ease the congestion.

Even as oil prices drop, and other parts of southeast Texas become concerned about an economic slowdown, Cy-Fair seems somewhat insulated from that, at least for now.
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