What are the City Limits of Katy?
What is Katy’s City Limits? Katy residents often split the city into two informal sections: Historic Katy (also known as Old Katy or Katy Proper) and “the greater Katy Area”. The actual city limits of Katy lies north and south of Interstate 10, and roughly between Katy Fort Bend Road on the east and Pederson Road on the west. The historic downtown area is north of Highway 90, near the landmark grain elevators. This is the original Katy from before the 1970s when Houston’s Energy Corridor (and the development that came with it) made its way west on I-10. The approximate city limit boundaries are drawn on this map.
The “greater Katy area” is made up of large sections of unincorporated Harris and Fort Bend counties and mostly sits east and southeast of the city limits of Katy. This area is within the Katy Independent School District and nearly everyone in this area has a Katy postal address. The greater Katy area includes communities such as Cinco Ranch, Green Trails, Grayson Lakes, Seven Meadows, Falcon Point, Firethorne, and Grand Lakes, while also encompassing developments from the 1970s and 1980s such as Memorial Parkway, Kelliwood and Nottingham Country.
All of the “greater Katy area” lies in the City of Houston’s extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ), not Katy’s ETJ. This means that most of the greater Katy area is controlled by the city of Houston and that Houston has the ability to annex it in the future. The City of Katy cannot annex this area unless the City of Houston releases the area’s ETJ to Katy, which has occurred in several small tracts of land in recent years. The City of Katy has recently taken steps to annex land, thus extending the western city limits to Pederson Road.