We’re thrilled to spotlight Andrew Lang, Senior Planner at BGE. Andrew is a valued member of the BGE family and the recipient of the 2023 Compass Award Honoree from the West Houston Association (WHA). Congratulations! Every three years, BGE works with WHA to go through a mapping exercise to document and update all the development that has taken place in the preceding three-year period.
As a member of WHA’s Rising Leaders Class 7, Andrew took the lead on a project that is no small feat – updating the 2024 WHA Development Map. The map is for WHA, BGE’s clients, agencies, and the cities and counties in the region. It helps them understand the scale and scope of development that is constantly taking place in an area that includes over 100,000 acres of the fastest-growing and most environmentally sensitive part of metropolitan Houston.
This year, WHA embarked on an ambitious journey to redefine its boundaries, setting the stage for growth and development. The previous map spanned from just east of Beltway 8 (Gessner Road) to Sugar Land, skirting the west edge of Brookshire and the Brazos River and reaching just north of Tomball. The map now stretches from the 610 West Loop, south of Rosenberg, west to Sealy, and north to Shenandoah/The Woodlands.
Expanding boundaries means embracing new opportunities, and it also presented BGE’s Technology Solutions team with the monumental task of acquiring data for this vast region. The group is proud to have met the challenge head-on and the effort that went into updating the areas contained within the 2020 boundary area. They will be assisting in updating the WHA’s Map App to accompany the presentation map update in the coming months. Andrew’s project team, which includes Mike Thibodeaux, GIS Manager; Adam France, Senior Planner; Sami Stevens, Planner, and Kaela Demmerle, GIS Leader, have contributed over 300 volunteer hours to the WHA project over the past six months.
A printable version of the 2024 WHA Development Map is available here.