Over 200 community members attended and participated in the Land Use Forum from January to April. Open to the public, this speaker and community discussion series on land use focused on important topics for the near and long-term future of Sugar Land.
Sugar Land residents had the opportunity to hear presentations on land use topics, participate in round-table discussions, and provide input. The Land Use Forum explored topics such as the impact of changing demographics on market trends, the role of housing choices in a community, and the benefits of mixed-use activity centers, the link between mobility and land use, and how a city can remain vibrant through redevelopment.
The topics and details about each Land Use Forum session are available below, as well as links to videos of the presentations. View a summary
report for the Land Use Forum. The Sugar Land community is encouraged
to continue participating by watching archived video of the
presentations and providing feedback through Online Town Hall.
Forum #1 - A Changing City: Demographics and the Marketplace
are the demographics in the US, region and Sugar Land shifting and what
do these shifts mean for residential and commercial land uses? How are
preferences in living, working and leisure changing from generation to
generation? How do suburban cities evolve as they age? Does what worked
for Sugar Land for the last 30 years still work today?
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Dr. Stephen Klineberg
Professor of Sociology at Rice University
Director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research
Mitchell Silver, AICP
Director of Planning, City of Raleigh, NC
Immediate Past President of the American Planning Association
Forum #2 — Attracting Employers to Sugar Land
How does Sugar Land attract new businesses? What are the benefits of
having employment in the City? What are companies looking for in a place
to locate? How do activity centers strengthen business, and what role
can the City play in developing activity centers?
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Executive Vice President, Planned Community Developers, Ltd
President, Planned Community Developers, Ltd
Vice President and the Director of Planning at Morris Architects
Forum #3 — Town Square and Beyond: Creating Places for the Community
How can Sugar Land create places for the community to gather? What does
it take to create places that draw people all day, every day? What are
retailers and restaurants looking for? How can parks add value to
surrounding land uses?
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Vice President, Director of Design, GID Development
President, Gibbs Planning Group — Urban Economic and Planning Consultants
Director at Urban Retail Institute
Forum #4 - Housing Choices for a Successful City
What kind of housing choices does Sugar Land offer today? How does this compare to other suburban cities? How is the market for housing changing? What are the benefits of multifamily and what causes some to decline while others hold their value?
How does land use patterns impact transportation? How do transportation projects lead to economic development? What does Sugar Land need to do to maintain its competitiveness in terms of access to jobs? What tools does Sugar Land have to reduce congestion? How can Sugar Land incorporate other transportation choices, such as walking, biking, and transit?