What is a "master-planned community"?

A Master-Planned Community (MPC) is typically a large acreage, mixed use residential development. While this type of development is typically focused on single family homes, it will also generally include retail and commercial developments as well. MPCs are largely known for the community amenities they deliver to the residents living within the development, but also, as in Riceland’s case, to the greater community. Overall, developments like Riceland seek to establish building and aesthetic standards that will control pace and quality, through planning the development growth, over the large acreage and an extended development timeline.

Master planned communities like Riceland typically focus on four main areas:

  • Amenities: Riceland will offer residents some exclusive amenities like Outdoor park and pavilion and Clubhouse building with splash pads and pools. Mont Belvieu residents living outside of the development will be able to enjoy Riceland’s fish camp, walking trails, green spaces, and the new Town Center.  All these amenities help create a sense of community by encouraging families and neighbors to spend time together without needing to travel across town or away from home.
  • Lifestyle: One of the most important components of an MPC is the lifestyle! Riceland will enhance and preserve Mont Belvieu as our hometown. Riceland will have weekly hometown events in the greenspace and festival street as well as local restaurants that fit in with the agricultural history of the area.
  • Neighborhoods: Planned communities like Riceland are unique because they include a mix of distinctive neighborhoods and home designs. The availability of styles and types of homes found within Riceland will ensure that homebuyers can find the perfect place to meet their needs and lifestyle.
  • Multiple Uses: One does not simply live in a master-planned community. Many master-planned communities also include shops, restaurants, services and more; this provides convenience for residents that’s critical in today’s busy world. Riceland residents will have access to the developing Mont Belvieu Town Center and the city’s Eagle Pointe Recreation Complex. 

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1. What is a "master-planned community"?
2. What is the benefit of a master-planned community?
3. Where will Riceland be located within Mont Belvieu?
4. Will the development really bring 4000 new homes to Mont Belvieu?
5. I like the hometown feel in Mont Belvieu. Isn't this going to ruin it?
6. What will Riceland look like?
7. Will Riceland make my taxes go up?
8. Does Riceland benefit current residents in any way?
9. Won't all of these new homes overtax the City's utility system?
10. How is traffic going to be addressed with all of these new homes coming in?
11. What is the connection between Riceland and the City's new downtown/town center?
12. How are the developers paying for Riceland? Or, is the City paying for it?
13. What is a MUD?
14. Riceland is clearing a lot of land. Aren't you concerned about the natural spaces and animal habitats?