We are a 501 (c) (4) non-profit organization, formed on April 29, 2019.
Our purpose is to articulate and advance the quality of life goals of the participant neighborhoods by –
One Creek West serves the neighborhoods located in the extraterritorial jurisdiction of Houston's west side. This includes the area north of Interstate-10 and south of Kieth Harrow Road, east of State Highway 99 and west of State Highway 6.
The Addicks Watershed is the major land use affecting our service area, including the Addicks Reservoir and the land set aside for flood prevention as well as the main tributary in our area, South Mayde Creek.
Over the last ten years. this area has become highly developed, with the total acreage dedicated to single-family and multi-family housing increasing by 25% over the last 10 years - while commercial and industrial development was up almost 70%. Today, what was once agricultural land makes up less than 20% of the area's 100,000 acres, compared with a third only ten years ago.
Harris County third most populous county in the nation, but Harris County’s governing body has no legislative-approved ordinance-making powers.
Such authority would serve to improve the peace and safety of the One Creek West community, resolve many neighborhood problems before these become serious issues, and improve the quality of life for the 250,000 people who call this area home.
Absent that authority, One Creek West seeks to fill this void for the communities it serves.
One Creek Week will establish a board to evaluate the services provided to residents and identify areas of common need.
It will provide an ongoing dialogue with relevant governmental entities to achieve specific goals, providing the unity and cohesiveness of a single message from residents within the area.
The total population of our community in 2020 was about 85,000 people - including both adults and children. That's up from 2010 levels of 70,000 people - an average growth rate of 2% each year. This rate of growth is considerably faster than what occurred in Harris County, where the total population was up 1.4% per year.
And, we are an incredibly diverse community, with 45% of residents identifying themselves as Hispanic - versus 26%, white and 17%, African American or black. These results are in line with the County as a whole - but show that all ethnic groups grew faster than the total community population since 2010. In 2010, Hispanics made up 41% of our resident population, compared with 36% for whites and 14% for African Americans.
Diennial censu data show that our community aged somewhat over the ten-year period. This is most evident in the category of "children" - those from zero to 17 years, where collectively, that share dropped from 32% of the total population in 2010 to 26% in 2020. Those residents 65 and older experienced an increase from 5% to 9% of the total population. Within those 2 extremes, there was some but little movement in the percentages.
Comparing apartment dwellers with single-family home residents, it is clear that residents who are starting and growing their families (ages 25 to 44) are more likely to live in an apartment. The opposite is true once those families are grown.
Compared with Harris County, our area had more single-family homes as a percentage of all units - 60% vs. 53% for Harris County. The data also shows that 15% of single-family homes were occupied by a family who was leasing that home in 2010. That percentage increased to 21% in 2020. This data aligns with the Harris County Appraisal DIstrict's 2023 record, where the percentage of homes where the property owner's address differed from the site address - a reasonably good indicator (but not perfect) indicator of rental status - was 24%.