Cane Island

Client: Rise Communities

Community Design Studio

The theme at Cane Island is “close to it all, a world apart”.  This…

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1000 acres

Project Details

Design Features

Amenity village with fitness center, lap pool and family pool, tree houses, amphitheater, great lawn, conservatory, catch-and-release fishing, walking piers.


The theme at Cane Island is “close to it all, a world apart”.  This is evident as the community’s small town Texas charm meets the sophistication of a master plan filled with creative and unexpected amenities.  More than a new home and a new community, Cane Island is a whole new way of life with a blend of rural character and touches of high technology living.
Tree being repurposed at Cane IslandUpon entry into Cane Island from the newly constructed I-10 interchange, a grand entrance of a three-acre lake with cascading fountains welcomes you along Cane Island Parkway, beautifully lined with mature oak trees. In the distance out on the tranquil lake, you’ll notice Cane Island, the community’s namesake. Many of the oak trees are several decades old (75 years!) and were rescued and strategically placed within the entry, Cane Island Parkway, and in the Amenity Village.

Continuing along Cane Island Parkway, beauty is always in bloom underneath the iconic “living” arches, adorned with plantings that change color throughout the seasons. These arches, along with the living solar powered light towers positioned along the parkway are examples of how rustic, pastoral elements are combined with technology for a modern flair. Cane Island Parkway’s lanes are separated with sweeping landforms to further the rural feel and highlight the surrounding views, including the local fauna found on the adjacent ranch – don’t be surprised if you are greeted by wildlife such as elk and deer along this (fenced) quarter-mile stretch. The beautiful shaded drive will be a memory point of potential homeowners and a long term iconic roadway for the community.

Past the arches you begin to enter the community, where you immediately come upon the Amenity Village. This is the center of all activity, designed to provide year-round activities for residents of all ages. Indoor and outdoor spaces provide intimate areas to gather for groups large or small, and the buildings have been placed strategically to separate their uses and relationships.

The fitness and welcome center is the hub of the complex, and transition through garden spaces with a yoga lawn that overlooks the elegant lap pool. Salvaged tree at Cane Island in Katy, TexasThis facility is engulfed in living walls to enhance your workout or relaxation experience. The great lawn is centrally positioned and offers space for any type of group or event, from weddings to community classes. Adjacent community gardens and a nursery complement the 1500 sf Conservatory with the all-glass enclosure. Tree houses are perched high among the 75-year-old towering specimen oak trees and overlook the Amenity Village. They are multi-level and connected by bridges, and their position overlooking the amphitheater is a perfect spot for watching movies or concerts. A lake with walkways, piers, and docks provide for evening strolls, bird watching, and fishing for family fun.


Cane Island is a community founded in the heritage of the City with an eye towards the future. This is evident in its planned open spaces and amenity areas, and neighborhoods crafted carefully with the idea of Katy in mind. Six parks are planned for the entire master plan, with the theme of each park paying homage to a historically significant element of the area. Deemed “heritage parks”, the first phase includes the “Costal Prairie” heritage park which is the main entry along Cane Island Parkway.  The design, landscape, and programming of this area celebrate the native prairies with majestic oak lined streets and water canes as a buffer to the piney woodlands. Aside from aesthetics, the lake offers docks for fishing, trailheads and bridges, and bird habitats for the native wildlife. Interpretive signage throughout make this park a learning experience for the natural ecosystems. North of the lake lies an expansive event lawn that will host concerts and other community gatherings, and serves as a meeting place for groups to embark upon exploring the miles of planned trails and other parks from the trailhead. Future phases will include additional heritage parks, with themes that will pay tribute to the original uses of the land.

Services Rendered

  • Character and Theming
  • Conceptual Design
  • Construction Documentation
  • Construction Observation
  • Cost Estimates
  • Design Guidelines
  • Grading design
  • Hardscape Design
  • Landscape & Irrigation design
  • Master Planning
  • Monumentation & Signage
  • Open Space Master Planning
  • Plant Procurement
  • Programming
  • Project Management
  • Site Planning & Analysis
  • Streetscape Design
  • Trails Master Plan
  • Water feature design

Goals & Constraints

Pay homage to the heritage of the Cane Island settlement while incorporating modern technology and design features

Rescue 75-year-old trees to celebrate the history of the area

Cane Island broke ground in the Fall of 2014, the first home builder models were open by June of 2015, and the first residents moved in on September 22, 2015.