Piney Point Village, Texas

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City of Piney Point Village
City
A sign indicating the city limits
A sign indicating the city limits
Location of Piney Point Village, Texas
Location of Piney Point Village, Texas
Coordinates: 29°45′42″N 95°30′58″W / 29.76167°N 95.51611°W / 29.76167; -95.51611Coordinates: 29°45′42″N 95°30′58″W / 29.76167°N 95.51611°W / 29.76167; -95.51611
Country United States
State Texas
County Harris
Area
 • Total 2.1 sq mi (5.5 km2)
 • Land 2.1 sq mi (5.5 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 72 ft (22 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 3,125
 • Density 1,500/sq mi (570/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
FIPS code 48-57800[1]
GNIS feature ID 1375473[2]

Piney Point Village is a city in Harris County, Texas, United States. The population was 3,125 at the 2010 census.[3] Piney Point Village is the wealthiest place in Texas. It is part of a collection of upscale residential communities in west Houston known as the Memorial Villages.

History[edit]

In 1885 Piney Point Village began as a station on the Texas Western Railroad. German farmers settled in the area. According to 1936 state highway maps, the community was near a sawmill.[4]

In the mid 1950s, an effort to form a Spring Branch municipality failed.[5] Piney Point Village incorporated in 1955 with an alderman form of government.[4] Because of the 1955 incorporation, Houston did not incorporate Piney Point Village's territory into its city limits, while Houston annexed surrounding areas that were unincorporated.[6] In 1960 the city had 1,790 residents. By 1966 the city had one public school and four churches. In 1990 the city had 3,380 residents.[4]

For a decade ending in 1993 the Consulate-General of Japan in Houston refused to pay "user fees" billed to the consulate by the City of Piney Point Village (the consul-general residence is in Piney Point Village). The Japanese argued that this was a tax and that diplomatic facilities should not be taxed.[7] In 1993 Piney Point Village announced that the consulate owed the city around $14,000 United States dollars.[8] The Japanese argued that international agreements exempted consulate facilities from taxes, while Piney Point Village said the annual fees were for user services. James Baker, a Piney Point Village alderman, threatened to suspend garbage pickup services and expose the Japanese consulate to ridicule. In September of that year a U.S. State Department letter stated that consulates should pay legitimate user fees, and that consulates do not have to pay for fire and police services. The consulate paid almost $12,000, including $4,500 in interest, to the city. According to Vice-Consul Takaki Takinami originally the city charged $14,915.52 before changing the invoice and deducting police and fire costs. Shojiro Imanishi, who was the outgoing consul-general, agreed to pay $4,500 annually.[9] In 1993 the Consulate-General of Indonesia in Houston and the Consulate-General of Australia in Houston had consul-general residences in Piney Point Village; they paid the fees voluntarily and without controversy.[10][11]

Geography[edit]

Map of Piney Point Village

Piney Point Village is located at 29°45′42″N 95°30′58″W / 29.76167°N 95.51611°W / 29.76167; -95.51611 (29.761728, -95.516029).[12]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.1 square miles (5.4 km2), all of it land.

Demographics[edit]

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,380 people, 1,225 households, and 982 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,580.3 people per square mile (609.8/km²). There were 1,282 housing units at an average density of 599.4/sq mi (231.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 89.26% White, 0.53% African American, 0.03% Native American, 8.40% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 0.44% from other races, and 1.24% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.76% of the population.

There were 1,225 households out of which 36.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 75.8% were married couples living together, 2.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.8% were non-families. 18.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.76 and the average family size was 3.12.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.6% under the age of 18, 4.1% from 18 to 24, 17.0% from 25 to 44, 37.3% from 45 to 64, and 15.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females there were 96.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $184,991, and the median income for a family was $200,000. Males had a median income of $100,000 versus $57,222 for females. The per capita income for the city was $133,247. About 2.4% of families and 3.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.0% of those under age 18 and 3.6% of those age 65 or over.

As of 2000, Piney Point Village was the wealthiest location in Texas by per capita income.[citation needed]

2010 census[edit]

According to the 2010 census there were 3,125 people, 1,064 households and 945 families. 377 families had children under 18 in their household. Whites compromise 85.1% of the population, 11.0% are Asian, 4.5% Hispanic, and 1.7% African American.[13]

Infrastructure and government[edit]

Local government[edit]

Piney Point Village City Hall is located at Suite 300 in the 7676 Woodway office complex in Houston

The city has restrictions against all forms of business.[4]

At one point city hall was located in Suite 100 at 7721 San Felipe Drive in Piney Point Village.[14] The office suite faced demolition, forcing city hall to move. In May 2008, Piney Point Village residents voiced opposition after the city proceeded to purchase a $1.5 million U.S. dollar, 12-room mansion at 230 Blalock Road to serve as city hall with six staffed employees. The residents believed that the city government's manner of purchasing and the lack of notification of area residents was not ethical. The city government stated that it decided to buy the mansion to avoid high rental costs. The city later backed out of the deal.[15] Effective on July 26, 2007 city hall moved to Suite 300 in the 7676 Woodway office complex at 7676 Woodway Drive in Houston.[16]

Bunker Hill Village, Hunters Creek Village, and Piney Point Village jointly operate the Memorial Villages Police Department.[17] The Village Fire Department serves all of the Memorial villages.[18] The village is within the Memorial Villages Water Authority.[19]

County, federal, and state representation[edit]

Harris County Precinct Three, headed by Steve Radack as of 2008, serves Piney Point Village.[20]

Piney Point Village is located in District 136 of the Texas House of Representatives. As of 2008 Beverly Woolley represents the district.[21] Piney Point Village is within District 7 of the Texas Senate; as of 2008 Dan Patrick represents the district.[22]

Piney Point Village is in Texas's 7th congressional district; as of 2008 John Culberson is the representative.[23] The pro-Republican Party publication Human Events identified the zip code 77024 as the zip code that gave the eighth largest contribution to John McCain's 2008 U.S. Presidential Election campaign. The zip code, which includes the portion of Piney Point Village north of the Buffalo Bayou, gave $540,309 United States dollars by October 24, 2008.[24][25]

Education[edit]

Primary and secondary schools[edit]

Public schools[edit]

Almost all of the city is served by the Spring Branch Independent School District while a small portion is served by the Houston Independent School District.[26]

Spring Branch Independent School District[edit]

Most of Piney Point Village is north of the Buffalo Bayou. That portion is served by Spring Branch Independent School District.

All residents are assigned to Wildcat Way School in Houston for preschool.[27]

Memorial Drive Elementary School is within the city boundaries of Piney Point Village and serves all residents in the SBISD portion.[28] Memorial Drive students in SBISD are zoned to Spring Branch Middle School[29] and Memorial High School, both in Hedwig Village.[30]

Houston Independent School District[edit]

The portion south of the Buffalo Bayou is served by the Houston Independent School District. Midtown is divided between Trustee District VI, represented by Greg Meyers as of 2008, and Trustee District VII, represented by Harvin C. Moore as of 2008.[31]

HISD students are zoned to Emerson Elementary School,[32] Revere Middle School,[33] and Lee High School[34] (students may attend Lamar High School or Westside High School instead.[35]) Residents of the Emerson Elementary School attendance zone may apply for the Briarmeadow Charter School.[36]

When Westside opened in 2000,[37] residents of the Lee attendance boundary gained the option to attend Westside instead of Lee, with no free transportation provided.[38]

Private schools[edit]

The Kinkaid School, a private K-12 school, is located in Piney Point Village. Saint Francis Episcopal Day School, a private Toddlers-8 school, is located in Piney Point Village.

St. Cecilia School, a K-8 Roman Catholic private school operated by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, is located in nearby Hedwig Village.

Colleges and universities[edit]

The city is served by the Houston Community College System. The Northwest College operates the nearby Town & Country Square Campus in Houston.

Public libraries[edit]

It is served by the Spring Branch Memorial Branch of Harris County Public Library (the Spring Branch Memorial Branch is in Hedwig Village).

Media[edit]

The Houston Chronicle is the area regional newspaper.

The Memorial Examiner is a local newspaper distributed in the community.

The Memorial Buzz is also the local Magazine which serves Bunker Hill Village, Hunters Creek Village, and Piney Point Village

Postal services[edit]

The United States Postal Service uses "Houston" for all Piney Point Village addresses; "Piney Point" is not an acceptable city designation for mail addressed to places in Piney Point Village [1]. Most of Piney Point Village is within the 77024 ZIP code, while the section south of the Buffalo Bayou has the 77063 ZIP code.

The United States Postal Service location serving 77024 is the Memorial Park Post Office at 10505 Town and Country Way, Houston, Texas, 77024-9998.

The location serving 77063 is the John Dunlop Post Office at 8728 Beverlyhill Street, Houston, Texas, 77063-9998.

Notable residents[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Piney Point Village city, Texas". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved June 15, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d Piney Point Village, Texas from the Handbook of Texas Online
  5. ^ Spring Branch, Texas from the Handbook of Texas Online
  6. ^ Lee, Renée C. "Annexed Kingwood split on effects." Houston Chronicle. Sunday October 8, 2006. A21. Retrieved on July 6, 2011. "Some of the area communities that incorporated as cities and escaped annexation by Houston:" Print version exclusively has the information cited; the information is not included in the online edition.
  7. ^ Tolson, Mike. "Piney Point Village tells Japanese Consulate to pay its way/$14, 000 in user fees, or forget garbage pickup." Houston Chronicle. Tuesday September 21, 1993. A11. Retrieved on January 13, 2009.
  8. ^ "City says Japan owes $14,000 consulate debt." Associated Press. September 22, 1993. Retrieved on December 24, 2008.
  9. ^ Tolson, Mike. "Japanese consul coughs up Piney Point's fees." Houston Chronicle. Wednesday December 15, 1993. Section A, Page 36. Retrieved on January 13, 2009.
  10. ^ Asin, Stefanie. "Japan's consul, Piney Point agree on trash, drainage fees." Houston Chronicle. Saturday October 2, 1993. A29. Retrieved on January 13, 2009.
  11. ^ Lenhart, Jennifer. "No diplomatic solution reached on trash bill." Houston Chronicle. Tuesday September 28, 1993. A11. Retrieved on January 13, 2009.
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  15. ^ Falkenberg, Lisa. "Secret deal stuns oasis." Houston Chronicle. Friday May 4, 2008. B1 MetFront. Retrieved on January 1, 2009.
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  17. ^ Home page. Memorial Villages Police Department. Retrieved on July 27, 2009.
  18. ^ "About Us." Village Fire Department. Retrieved on July 27, 2009.
  19. ^ Home page. Memorial Villages Water Authority. Retrieved on July 27, 2009.
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  28. ^ "Elementary School Boundaries." Spring Branch Independent School District.
  29. ^ "Middle School Boundaries." Spring Branch Independent School District.
  30. ^ "High School Boundaries." Spring Branch Independent School District.
  31. ^ "Trustee Districts Map." Houston Independent School District. Retrieved on November 11, 2008.
  32. ^ "Emerson Elementary Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  33. ^ "Revere Middle Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  34. ^ "Lee High School Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
  35. ^ Home Page as of May 9, 2005. Lee High School.
  36. ^ "Registration." Briarmeadow Charter School. Retrieved on May 7, 2009.
  37. ^ "Personal Touches." Education Week.
  38. ^ "Westside and Lee HS Boundaries." Houston Independent School District. October 3, 2000. Retrieved on May 7, 2009.
  39. ^ Snyder, Mike. "Green edges Khan in controller runoff." Houston Chronicle. December 12, 2009. Retrieved on May 26, 2014.

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