Katy's 2019 Newcomer's Guide: Getting Connected


    KATY MAGAZINE | JANUARY 2019

    Katy Magazine Editors

    Opening Photo: The Syhlowy Family of Katy

    You just moved to Katy. Welcome! You may have a Katy address, but not reside in the City of Katy so here are a few things to know.

    DRIVERS LICENSES

    In order to obtain, update, or renew a driver license in Texas, you will need to search for the nearest Mega Center that serves your area. You can visit the Texas Department of Public Safety website and search for offices near you by zip code. Here are a few close by:

    Fort Bend County Registration & Titling Katy Branch 22333 Grand Corner Dr. (281) 238-1490

    Richmond Branch 1317 Eugene Heimann Cir., Richmond Office hours are Monday 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM and Tuesday - Friday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM.

    Waller County Registration & Titling 908 Cooper St., Brookshire 281-934-2406

    Office hours are Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

    Harris County Registration & Titling

    Spring Branch

    1721 Pech Rd., Houston

    713-274-8000

    Office hours are Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

    SCHOOL REGISTRATION

    Katy ISD requires all students, new or returning, to be registered online through the PowerSchool Registration program.

    Parents can visit the Katy ISD Online Registration page and receive instructions on how to create a new account, or update their current Katy ISD student's information. Again, registration through the PowerSchool program is REQUIRED for all Katy families.

    Must haves to enroll your new student in Katy ISD:

    • Proof of residence (See Residency Requirements on Katy ISD's website)

    • Official birth certificate or passport

    • Social Security Card for your child (if SSN provided)

    • Government issued Identification Card of the person registering the child.

    • Proof of immunizations (see Immunization Requirements" on Katy ISD's website)

    • Report card or transcript from the school most recently attended, including 8th grade records if enrolling in high school.

    • Enrollment Authorization Form – use when parent cannot come to enroll the student and is sending someone else in his/her place

    • Application for Determination of a Minor's Residence - use this when the student resides with someone other than the parent.

    COUNTY OR CITY SERVICES

    Katy, Texas is what we call a tri-county area, because residents here are served by no less than three counties - Waller, Harris, and Fort Bend. In some places, neighbors in the same subdivision fall into different county boundaries, so that means you should know exactly which city or county you reside in because all your services will depend on that answer.

    Most people who live in Katy have a "Katy address" but do not qualify for city of Katy services because they don't live within City of Katy limits. Only about 1/4 of Katyites actually live in the City of Katy so it's important to know which county you live in.

    FORT BEND COUNTY

    Animal Control 1210 Blume Rd. Rosenberg 281-342-1512 Auto Registration 1317 Eugene Heimann Cir. Richmond 281-341-3709 Department of Public Safety 28000 S.W. Fwy. Rosenberg 281-517-1630 Sheriff’s Office 1410 Williams Way

    Richmond 281-341-4704 Tax Office 1317 Eugene Heimann Cir. Richmond 281-341-3710 Voter Registration 4520 Reading Rd. Rosenberg 281-341-8670 Water Services 713-405-1750

    HARRIS COUNTY

    Animal Control 612 Canino Rd. Houston 281-999-3191

    Auto Registration 16715 Clay Rd. Houston 281-859-0685 Constable Precinct 5 17423 Katy Fwy. Houston 281-492-3500 Department of Public Safety 10503 Grant Rd. Houston 281-890-5440 1601 Townhurst Dr. Houston 713-465-8462 Sheriff’s Office 19818 Franz Rd. 281-647-9371 Tax Office 16715 Clay Rd. Houston 713-368-2000 Voter Registration 16715 Clay Rd. Houston 713-368-2000

    WALLER COUNTY

    Animal Control 701 Calvit St. Hempstead 979-826-8282 Auto Registration 730 9th St. Hempstead 979-826-7620 County Disctrict Clerk 836 Austin St. Hempstead 979-826-7710 Sheriff’s Office 701 Calvit St. Hempstead 979-826-8282 Tax Office 730 9th St. Hempstead 979-826-7620 Voter Registration 730 9th St. Hempstead 979-826-7620

    PROVIDERS AND SERVICES

    Cable/Satellite TV

    AT&T

    Consolidated Communications DirecTV Dish Network enTouch Xfinity

    Energy Providers Texans have the ability to choose electric company providers. A local wireless company provides the transmission and distribution services, and an electricity provider handles the retail sales services. Visit powertochoose.org or call 866-602-9769 to learn about the different companies in Katy. Ambit Energy Amigo Energy Bounce Energy CenterPoint Energy Constellation Energy Direct Energy First Choice Power Gexa Energy Green Mountain Energy Reliant Energy

    Spark Energy TXU Energy

    Gas Providers Check with home builders or sellers for current water and gas providers for your area. The area’s major provider, CenterPoint Energy, can be contacted at 877-287-8034.

    Trash/Recycling Services Call 281-391-4800 if you reside within the City of Katy. Otherwise, contact your neighborhood’s management or MUD association. Green Star Recycling & Shredding 713-461-3278 Republic Waste Services 713-726-7300 VF Waste Services, Inc. 713-787-9790 Waste Management 713-512-6200 WCA Waste Corporation of America 281-368-8397

    CITY OF KATY If you live within the City of Katy limits, you may contact the following for city services. If your home is outside city limits.

    Animal Control 25839 Katy Fwy. 281-391-4740 City Offices 910 Avenue C 281-391-4800 City Police 5456 Franz Rd. 281-391-4848 Information Line 281-394-8400 Katy ISD Police 20370 Franz Rd. 281-237-4000 Parks & Recreation Department 5718 2nd St. 281-391-4840 Street Department 281-391-4820 Water Services 281-391-4800

    POST OFFICES

    ACE Cinco Ranch 1720 S. Mason 281-392-5200 Barker Post Office 211 Baker Rd. Barker 281-599-0924 Katy Annex 1331 Pin Oak Rd. 281-574-1401 Katy Finance Post Office 5701 4th St. 281-391-7538 Katy - Park Row Branch 20180 Park Row Dr. 281-829-5062

    MORE HELPFUL NUMBERS

    Katy Area Economic Development Council 438 FM 1463 281-396-2200 Katy City Hall 910 Avenue C 281-391-4800 Katy ISD Administration Office 1736 Katyland Dr. 281-574-3408

    more Katy neighborhoods

    Katy area neighborhoods are highly sought-after for their stunning floor plans, amenities, great schools, and of course, friendly and helpful neighbors, Here are some to name a few great Katy neighborhoods.

    Anserra Estates

    Bridgeland

    Cane Island

    Cardiff Ranch

    Churchill Farms

    Cinco Ranch

    Cross Creek Ranch

    Elyson

    Falcon Point

    Falcon Ranch

    Falls at Green Meadows

    Fawnlake

    Firethorne

    Governors Place

    Grand Lakes

    Grayson Lakes

    Green Trails

    Hawks Landing

    Jordan Ranch

    Katy Lake Estates

    Kelliwood

    King Crossing

    Lake Pointe Estates

    Marshall Oaks

    Nottingham Country

    Pin Oak Village

    Pine Mill Ranch

    Roesner Woods

    Roesner Woods

    Seven Meadows

    Silver Ranch

    Tamarron Lakes

    Trails of Katy

    Victoria Lakes

    Weston Lakes

    KATY AREA LIBRARIES

    Cinco Ranch Library 2620 Commercial Ctr. Blvd. 281-395-1311 Katy Branch Library 5414 Franz Rd. 281-391-3509 Maud Smith Marks Branch Library 1815 Westgreen Blvd. 281-492-8592

    TRANSPORTATION

    Katy Freeway (IH-10) Katy’s main interstate runs east to west, and offers a free lane for carpoolers during HOV hours or a toll-paying option for single drivers with an EZ TAG. Visit katymanagedlanes.org. Grand Parkway (Hwy. 99) It is a 184-mile circumferential highway spanning seven counties in the Greater Houston area. It is an all-electronic toll road and drivers must have a toll tag account to pay. Westpark Tollway The Westpark Tollway was the first fully-electronic roadway in the U.S. Beginning at Post Oak Blvd. in uptown Houston and extending just past Grand Pkwy. in Katy, the 20-mile toll road requires an EZ TAG. It is currently being expanded to extend past FM 1463 into Fulshear.

    AIRPORTS George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) 2800 N. Terminal Rd. Houston 281-230-3100 William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) 7800 Airport Blvd. Houston 713-640-3000

    METRO BUS SERVICES Katy has two park and ride locations for commuters to get to and from Houston. Visit ridemetro.org for information about programs like ride matching, ride sharing, METRO lift, the HOV system, and park and ride. Park & Ride 21669 Kingsland Blvd. Destinations: Central Business District & Uptown/Galleria 1030 W. Grand Pkwy. N. Destination: Central Business District

    HIGHWAY NICKNAMES AND TOLLWAYS

    Here are the local nicknames of freeways in and around the greater Houston area:

    Baytown East Freeway (I-10 E.) Eastex Freeway (Hwy. 59 N.) The Grand Parkway (Hwy. 99) $$$ Gulf Freeway (I-45 S.) Katy Freeway (I-10 W.) $$$ Optional The Loop or 610 Loop (I-610) Northwest Freeway (Hwy. 290) SAM HOUSTON TOLL RD. (Beltway 8) $$$ South Freeway (Hwy. 288) Southwest Freeway (Hwy. 59) Tomball Parkway (Hwy. 249) WESTPARK TOLLWAY $$$

    $$$ DENOTES TOLL ROAD

    To purchase an EZ TAG for toll roads, visit hctra.org

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