In the mid-1950s, efforts to form a Spring Branch municipality failed. The area was proposed to be called the city of Spring Branch, in what is now known roughly as the Memorial Villages. So Spring Valley was voted on for a second time and incorporated in 1955 by some advocates who had “pull with Harris county Judge Casey. Because of the 1955 incorporation, the City Houston decided not to incorporate Spring Valley’s territory into its city limits, while Houston annexed surrounding areas that were in fact unincorporated. In 1960 the city had 3,004 residents and two businesses. Initially, the new city didn’t see much growth and only had 3,392 residents by 1990.
In 2007, the name of the city was officially changed from Spring Valley to Spring Valley Village and is now a higher-end “hot spot” for young professionals moving out of the inner-loop in search of better public schools. The Village borders Spring Branch to the West and The Memorial Villages to the South of I-10. There’ is also a small sub-section now called Hilshire Village within the territory, as well.