The Brays Oaks Management District’s mission is to ensure successful local businesses by maintaining the District and surrounding areas as a premier place to live, work, and invest. To do that, we work hard to provide the tools and services needed to support growth. One resource that cannot be overlooked, is also the District’s greatest asset; those people that work tirelessly pursuing a common vision for a well-planned and high-quality community.
The BOMD is lucky to have such incredibly dedicated individuals lending their insights and expertise to the growth of our community. We rely on the experiences and opinions of our board members to help us facilitate the way forward. Longtime Brays Oaks resident Cindy Chapman is one such individual. In her role as Chair of the Beautification and Urban Design Committee she oversees the District’s cleanup efforts (bandit signs, graffiti) and manages forward-thinking projects, like identification markers for use on streetscapes, trails and greenspaces in the City’s Parks Master Plan.
In addition to serving as a BOMD committee chair, Cindy is also on the Willow Waterhole Board,
President of the Westbury Civic Club (one of the largest subdivisions in the city), Co-president of the Westbury Superneighborhood and Chair of the City of Houston Superneighborhood Alliance.
Her tireless advocacy is a tremendous benefit to Brays Oaks Management District as she is able to help facilitate connections among entities across the city. Despite being heavily involved in so many organizations and activities, Cindy stays motivated by taking the longview and credits the District for its current focus on realizing the area’s potential. “We’ve got to put in the effort to get the results we want,” says Ms. Chapman. “We need to bring into vision what we can be and realize the potential we have.”
Cindy, who has lived in Westbury since 1988, is proud of the District’s ongoing monthly beautification efforts, which include picking up 8500-9600 pounds of trash, the mowing of 200-250 miles of esplanade, and the removal of “bandit signs.” In fact, the crews do such a great job the community sometimes fails to recognize the importance of the service. “People think we don’t need cleanup crews because they never see any signs stapled to poles or posted in the right-of-ways,” she notes. “But the signs are like graffiti, if you let them accumulate, more will start showing up.”
Maintenance aside, what most excites Cindy is looking ahead to working with the other BOMD committees on projects related to TX-DOT’s rebuilding of Fondren Road, which many see as the economic heart of Brays Oaks. “It all works together, it’s not just public safety or beautification, it all ties together,” says Chapman. “This is an opportunity for the Urban Design, Economic Development and Infrastructure Committees to work together to reflect our vision for the district.” The Beautification and Urban Design Committee has already done the design work for the identification markers that will define the District. Look for markers, coming to high-traffic areas, by the end of the year and for future use along potential trails and safe connectors along drainage channels and bayous. “There is a lot of potential in BOMD, a lot,” says Cindy. “I am really excited, and I really love doing this stuff, I really do.”
Come share your ideas! Join Cindy and the Beautificiation and Urban Design Committee. Check the Brays Oaks Management District Committee meeting schedule for more details about our monthly meetings.