What is the benefit of a master-planned community?

A master-planned community like Riceland severely limits uncontrolled development and growth within its boundary. Initially, they always include robust amenities for the MPC residents and the greater community. Secondly, they allow growth to happen at a planned pace. This means the City of Mont Belvieu, Barbers Hill ISD, and the greater community can plan for and integrate this growth as it happens – thus limiting reactionary and emergency expansions of municipal and school services.

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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?