On-Site Amenities Make Community Blueprint For Success
MISSOURI CITY, TX – Sienna Plantation, one of the nation’s first master-planned communities to offer residents an on-site resort-style adventure waterpark, multi-purpose sports complex, open-air, waterfront amphitheater and heated competition swimming pools, is turning 15.
Thanks to these and other innovations, the 6,000-home Fort Bend County community continues to be one of the nation’s top-selling master-planned communities. New home sales in Sienna Plantation for 2012 are up 42 percent compared to 2011 levels, according to Doug Goff, chief operating officer of Johnson Development.
“Sienna Plantation continues to be a tremendous value for families,” says Goff. “When we opened the community, we knew the scale of the 10,000-acre project required us to make a statement with our amenities which ultimately became the standard for other master-planned communities to follow.”
In 2001, Sienna became one of the first communities in the nation to open an on-site waterpark in lieu of smaller neighborhood pools. Sienna’s remains one of the largest private adventure waterparks in the south with twisting water slides, diving wells and a playscape with a signature bucket waterfall.
“The waterpark was a huge first step for the community,” says Sienna Plantation General Manager Michael Smith. “We wanted to create an experience comparable with the nation’s finest public waterparks.”
That same year, Sienna Plantation became one of the nation’s first master-planned communities to open an on-site waterfront amphitheater. Since then, the 5,000-person venue has hosted the likes of Michael Bolton, George Benson and The Neville Brothers.
Recognizing the emphasis residents place on active lifestyles, Sienna Plantation took the lead and heated its outdoor competition pool facilities in 2004 and the following year added a major health and fitness center on par with today’s public gyms.
In 2006, Sienna incorporated an on-site, multi-purpose sports complex into the community where five baseball fields, three softball fields, five soccer fields and two multi-purpose fields span a 160-acre lighted area. The Sienna Stables, a private equestrian center for horseback riding instruction and kids camps, was added soon after the sports complex opened.
Sienna Plantation also was one of the first master-planned communities in the nation to form a Community Services Foundation for the purpose of enhancing services and resources to the community. Since its inception in 1999, the Foundation has funded more than $4.5 million in community activities and improvements, technology enhancements, education, conservation efforts and health and wellness programs. It also supports a Children’s Catastrophic Fund which provides resources for Sienna families with children experiencing debilitating diseases. A transfer fee on every real estate transaction in Sienna funds the Foundation.
Smith adds quality schools located within the community have played an important role in Sienna’s growth. The community is serviced by three on-site elementary schools, an on-site middle school and a new high school. The Houston Community College System also operates a 45,000-square-foot Academic Center at its 50-acre campus in the community. Since Sienna’s inception, the Fort Bend ISD and Houston Community College System have combined to invest more than $100 million in schools and facilities in the community. A new, two-story Fort Bend County Library also opened in Sienna in 2010.
With the celebration of its 15 years now in full swing, Goff says Sienna Plantation has an exciting future with commercial development plans calling for a regional lifestyle and entertainment center with restaurants and retail at the intersection of Sienna Plantation and the Fort Bend Toll Road.
Work also has started on the Fort Bend Parkway Toll Road extension from Highway 6 to Sienna Parkway which, when completed in late 2013, will stretch from the heart of Sienna to U.S. 90A, just minutes from downtown Houston and the Texas Medical Center. Once completed, the extended EZ Tag only toll road will tie into Sienna Parkway where it is expected to reduce drive times to points in Houston by 10-15 minutes.
About Sienna Plantation
Just minutes southwest of Houston’s employment and culture centers via the Fort Bend Parkway, Sienna Plantation is a 7,000-acre, award-winning master-planned community with homes from the 170s to the millions. A project of Johnson Development, Sienna Plantation offers three water parks, including the south’s largest private water adventure park, 36 parks and playgrounds, the Camp Sienna Sports Complex, the Sienna Plantation Golf Club, tennis courts and lakes for fishing and kayaking. Families in the community attend schools in the renowned Fort Bend Independent School. For more information, go to www.siennaplantation.com.