Johnson Development names new Katy community

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3 Apr 2024

By: Katy Times

Development of a new 1,130-acre Johnson Development community in Katy continues, with the naming of the community — Grange.

A name to represent the land’s legacy was a priority, said Jacob W. Rice, Vice President and General Manager of Grange.

“Historically, the Katy area was known for rice farming.” Rice said. “The definition of ‘grange’ is a farm or agricultural estate, which identifies with the region. We will strive to be true to this heritage and retain the character of a small town as development continues.”

The name was unveiled in a special ceremony March 21, at Beckendorff Farms, 28533 Morton Road in Katy, attended by Waller County Judge Trey Duhon, Waller County Commissioner Justin Beckendorff, Katy Mayor Dusty Thiele, Katy City Administrator Byron Hebert, Katy Mayor Pro Tem Chris Harris, Councilmember Janet Corte and other local dignitaries.

Homes in the community — located in Waller County near Morton Road and FM 2855 — will have a Katy address. The main entrance to the development will be on Franz Road near Cane Island Parkway. Grange will accommodate approximately 2,400 homes at completion with home sales expected to begin in early 2025. The homes will be a mix of traditional single family homes and townhomes, Rice said.

Children will attend schools within the Katy Independent School District. Rice said at the ceremony that land had already been set aside for a possible future Katy ISD elementary school.

“Lakes and green space will be featured prominently in our master plan,” Rice said. “Our vision is to celebrate these natural areas while creating a place that cultivates connections with nature and each other.”

Johnson Development, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year, has active communities throughout the Houston region — including Fort Bend County, Galveston County, Montgomery County and Harris County — as well as communities in Dallas Fort-Worth, the Austin area and greater Atlanta. It has had more communities ranked among the nation’s top-selling than any other developer over the last 10 years. For more information, visit

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