About Us

Rayford-Rd-thenIn 1990, if one were to travel down Rayford Road, one would see a small section of businesses close to I 45. Soon after that one would see a couple of tall pinewood forests and a few grassy fields dominating the landscape with a smattering of a few small local businesses lining the road. At the back of the small road, a few other small roads would have led off to a couple of small neighborhoods that were still deciding if they wanted to be a rural community or a member of Houston’s suburbia. In 1990, the population in the 40 square miles of the 77386 zip code was about 8,000 residents.

Rayford NowFast-forward 20 years and on that same drive, one would see a rapid expansion of urban growth on Rayford Road. Businesses have sprouted up as fast as wild flowers and networks of neighborhoods interlace themselves underneath the towering pine trees.  The population has increased from 8,000 in 1990 to over 42,000 in 2010, an increase of over 425%, and there are no signs of the growth slowing down. According to new home building trends, there are projected to be in the area 7,000 new homes in the next 5 years.

This drastic increase of surprise growth over the last few years has meant a lot of short-term solutions were implemented to supplement the growth in the area and handle the problems of a drastically increasing population. Neighborhood organizations, utility districts, M.U.D.s and other entities have sprung up haphazardly and independent of one another to accommodate this growth. Communication between these organizations has been scant, meaning wasted opportunities and resources for the area. Various neighborhoods have utilized the same roads, businesses, and schools for years, but these neighborhoods have never consistently worked together for the common good of the whole area.

A group of concerned community residents began to see all of these problems and saw that little was being done to foster communication between the various entities in the area.  They saw that a group was needed to give a single voice for the building of a strong sense of community in the Rayford area, a voice to facilitate the improvement of the quality of life for the area’s residents, a single voice to find a way to protect the value and beauty of the area’s homes and neighborhoods’ assets, and a single voice to work with government officials and public servants to protect and serve our citizens.

RRCA ToughThese individuals banded together and formed a nonprofit organization called the Rayford Road Civic Association. Beginning in 2013, the organization began to make its mark in the community and continues to do so with increasing momentum and influence.
The founding board members of the Rayford Road Civic Association are:
Paul Cote, Paul Alli, Eric Garrington, Brian Desilets, and Jess Bailey.  (Provide a link to the bios)

Milestones:

2013

  • Rayford Road Civic Association initially founded by Paul Cote, Paul Alli, Eric Garrington, Brian Desilets, Troy Reynolds, Paul Sterling and Jess Bailey.
  • Initial Charter and Mission Statement Created.
  • Facebook page created with over 700 citizen’s becoming aware of the organization.
  • Became a registered non-profit organization with the State of Texas.
  • 3 MUD Districts initially showed interest by joining the RRCA.
  • 5 Neighborhood Associations have since join the RRCA.
  • 3 major local businesses joined the RRCA community sponsorship program.
  • Held a Town Hall meeting at Kaufman Elementary for the Grand Parkway Association with over 300 residents attending.
  • Held a Town Hall meeting with State Representative Kevin Brady at Gateway Baptist Church for local citizens about how recent changes in Washington were going to effect their lives.
  • Secured a RRCA Monthly Meeting location at the Spring Creek Nature Center.

2014

  • In January, the list of area priorities was created with the help of the RRCA membership.
  • Held a Primary Election Candidate Mixer at Crescent Moon Wine Bar for the March 2014 Primary Elections.
  • Website became live.