Land Use Plan Update
Throughout the last five years, a citizen committee - the Land Use Advisory Committee - has been diligently working to update the Land Use Plan by developing policies that will guide future land use decisions. The Plan’s recommended policies aim to preserve the city’s single-family residential neighborhoods while ensuring Sugar Land continues to be a premier place to live, work, shop and play within the region.
As the city continues to move forward with the plan update, this website will be updated to inform residents on its progress.
LUAC Affirms Original Recommendations Appropriate, Public Hearing on Land Use Plan Update Scheduled for June 26, 2018
The Sugar Land City Council will receive a presentation on the draft Land Use Plan and hold a public hearing on June 26, at 6 p.m., at Sugar Land City Hall, 2700 Town Center Blvd. North. In order to maximize public input on the Land Use Plan, the presentation and public hearing are scheduled for the same meeting to give City Council the opportunity to fully consider input received through the public hearing prior to providing direction on the update and prior to formal consideration of the Plan at a future meeting.
During the last five years, residents serving on the Land Use Advisory Committee (LUAC) guided work to update the Plan. Most recently, the LUAC – at the request of the City Council – completed an additional public input process on the multi-family recommendations in the draft Plan prior to bringing forward a final recommendation for the Council to consider.
As part of the process, Council asked that LUAC consider feedback from the local business/major employer community, seek input on the plan’s recommendations from the development community and invite the Planning & Zoning Commission to participate in the discussion and to learn more about the four years of extensive feedback from residents on the topic. At the time, the City Council expressed that this request did not mean they expect the LUAC to ultimately change its recommendation.
Accordingly, the LUAC held two meetings with the Planning & Zoning Commission in May. At the first meeting, the LUAC and P&Z reviewed the history of e. Additionally, a development expert was present to answer questions from the LUAC and Planning & Zoning Commission related to the feasibility and strength of the recommendations – including whether or not any recommendations were in conflict with the Plan’s aim to preserve single-family residential neighborhoods and while ensuring Sugar Land continues to be a premier place to live, work, shop and play in the region. A second meeting with LUAC and Planning & Zoning Commission was held to further discuss the Plan’s recommendations. Finally, LUAC had two additional meetings in May to finalize their recommendation.
After extensive discussion and based on public input received over four years, LUAC concluded the original multi-family recommendations made in the Plan and previously presented were appropriate. Additionally, in order to ensure the intent of their recommendations is clearly interpreted as aiming to preserve single-family residential neighborhoods and Sugar Land’s recognition as a premier place to live, work, shop and play, LUAC supported the clarification of language throughout the Plan to reduce the opportunity for their intent to be misinterpreted and lead to unintended negative consequences. As such, LUAC recommended the following:
- Maintain the proportion of single-family to multi-family (88 percent to 12 percent, respectively), clarifying the ratio is the community’s vision today and in the foreseeable future.
- Maintain three multi-family units per developable acre for Neighborhood and Regional Activity Centers and clarify this general guidance is intended to ensure dispersal throughout the city and to avoid congestion.
- Maintain the preference for multi-family to be located in vertically mixed-use settings – clarifying the importance of this in activating pedestrian areas in mixed-use centers. This can be achieved through first-floor fitness centers and leasing offices or front porches and stoops along pedestrian areas. LUAC agreed that its goals could be achieved without vertical integration if a single application integrates mixed uses within a walkable pedestrian-friendly development and is phased so that multi-family is developed after other uses.
- Maintain the preference for condo ownership over apartment rental, emphasizing the preservation of single-family neighborhoods and the Comprehensive Plan recognition that a high-percentage of owner-occupied homes supports great neighborhoods.
Additionally, while LUAC also recommended minor modifications to further clarify that the intent of the Plan is to provide guidance – versus regulations, they also recommended additions to provide guidance for and encouraging future public input and review by both the Planning & Zoning Commission and City Council if an exceptional development proposal is brought forward which is in accordance with the spirit of the Plan but may deviate from the specific guidance established in the Plan.
Feedback on the Plan and the final LUAC recommendations can be provided at the upcoming City Council public hearing on June 26 or online at www.sugarlandtx.gov/onlinetownhall through June 21.
What does the plan say about...
Sugar Land’s single-family residential neighborhoods are an important part of the city’s past, and protecting them is the primary focus of the future. This Plan prioritizes the preservation and protection of single-family neighborhoods in Sugar Land and encourages increased coordination with the school district.
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The success of Sugar Land Town Square is a model for future walkable mixed-use Regional and Neighborhood Activity Centers. Regional Activity Centers are proposed to attract visitors from around Sugar Land and the entire region. Neighborhood Activity Centers are proposed to be created through redevelopment of aging retail centers.
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Maintaining amenities such as retail, restaurants, hotels, cultural institutions, parks, entertainment and recreational destinations are important in attracting residents, tourists and visitors. The Land Use Plan establishes policies to ensure Sugar Land will continue to be a premier place to live.
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The Land Use Plan provides guidance for stronger restrictions on multi-family development, including a definitive statement that no new stand-alone, single-use, multi-family residential development within the city should be approved and that a school impact analysis should be completed when residential development is proposed.
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Redevelopment is critical to maintaining the long-term fiscal health of the city, but must always be balanced and considerate of the impact on any single-family neighborhoods. The Plan promotes redevelopment that supports the goals of the City and is respectful of the surrounding community.
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Read the Draft Land Use Plan
The Plan’s recommended policies aim to preserve the city’s single-family residential neighborhoods while ensuring Sugar Land continues to be a premier place to live, work, shop and play within the region.
See the official draft document, maps that delineate specific areas in the city and their proposed use, and review the plan's goals and policies.
"As a Land Use Advisory Committee member my goal has been to help the City update the Land Use Plan to ensure the current quality of life is maintained so that the future generations in Sugar Land can enjoy the quality of life presently enjoyed."
Ravi Arora, LUAC Member
What is LUAC?
Residents are encouraged to participate and learn more about the Land Use Plan and Sugar Land's Future.
|Oct. 11||Public Open House (See video)|
|Oct. 2 - Oct. 23||Online Town Hall|
|Oct. 26||Planning & Zoning Commission - Public Hearing|
|Nov. 14||Planning & Zoning Commission Agenda|
|Nov. 21||City Council - Workshop|
|Dec. 5||City Council - Workshop
(Please note: The public hearing on the Land Use Plan update planned for the December 5th City Council meeting will be rescheduled for early 2018. A new public hearing notice will be posted in advance of the rescheduled date.)
|Jan. 18||City Council – Workshop
The scheduled Jan. 16 meeting has been postponed due to weather. The City Council meeting has been rescheduled for Thursday, Jan. 18, at 3:30 p.m. at City Hall.
|Jan. 23||City Council - Workshop
The Land Use Plan workshop item postponed to the Jan. 18 City Council meeting, due to weather, is rescheduled to the Tuesday, Jan. 23 City Council meeting, starting at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.
|May 2||Land Use Advisory Committee Meeting #1 with Planning & Zoning Commission (See video of the May 2 meeting)|
|May 7||Land Use Advisory Committee Meeting #2 with Planning & Zoning Commission (See video of the May 7 meeting)|
|June 6 - 21||Online Town Hall|
|June 26||City Council Workshop & Public Hearing - 6 p.m., at Sugar Land City Hall|
|Summer 2018||Consideration & Action by City Council|