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Rumor versus Fact: Keep up to date on the latest information that aims to dispel inaccurate information about recent City initiatives and community concerns.

Jun 22

The City should or can hold a referendum election regarding the use of red light cameras.

Posted on June 22, 2016 at 2:59 p.m. by Web Admin

State law and City Charter does not allow Sugar Land to call a non-binding referendum election to gauge public opinion. To do so would require an election to amend the City Charter. The Texas Constitution, Article XI, Section 5 (b) provides that “…no city charter shall be altered, amended or repealed oftener than every two years.” On May 7, a city charter election was held; therefore, an election cannot be held to amend the city charter sooner than Nov. 6, 2018.

A Secretary of State legal opinion posted at http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/elo/gsb5.PDF explains that a non-binding referendum cannot be held.
May 27

Classification of the senior independent living facility use (Telfair Tract 5 PD zoning application)

Posted on May 27, 2016 at 4:33 p.m. by Web Admin

The City classifies senior independent living facilities as a Residential Care Limited to Homes for the Aged, and Rest Homes (SIC 8361) per the City’s Land Use Classification Matrix.

Included in the recently submitted Telfair Tract 5 Planned Development zoning application (proposed by Newland Communities) is an option to locate a senior independent living facility that will not only have an age-restricted requirement, but other requirements such as a required common dining facility, and optional transportation, housekeeping, and other services and features. The proposal is similar to a project in the Imperial development, known as The Overture. This is not considered in the same category as standard multi-family housing.
May 27

PD approved, age-restricted senior independent living facilities can be converted

Posted on May 27, 2016 at 4:32 p.m. by Web Admin

No, an age-restricted senior independent living facility approved through Planned Development (PD) cannot be converted without a public hearing and zoning amendment to the PD ordinance.
Mar 16

Ordinance 2014 doesn't allow two-story buildings under urban requirements

Posted on March 16, 2016 at 4:04 p.m. by Doug Adolph

RUMOR: It was stated on a local Facebook page that "Ordinance 2014 does not allow for two-story (buildings) under the urban requirements, and the only power left to the City under the new ordinance is landscaping, set back and exterior finishes."  This implies the updated Development Code does not provide the City with the ability to impose restrictions on developers through the planned development process.

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Mar 10

Does Ordinance 2014 violate state law and the City's Comprehensive Plan?

Posted on March 10, 2016 at 3:18 p.m. by Web Admin

RUMOR: The passage of Ordinance 2014 violated State law because this ordinance is not in compliance with Chapter 6 of our Comprehensive Plan. The ordinance requires an amendment to the Development Code to be in compliance with the existing Comprehensive Plan.

http://fbindependent.com/sugar-land-declares-petition-to-rescind-development-code-invalid-p9389-1.htm

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Mar 10

Does the City plan to make Brooks Street a one-way street?

Posted on March 10, 2016 at 9:11 a.m. by Web Admin

RUMOR: The City is planning to make Brooks Street a one-way street.

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Feb 23

Is Sugar Land's water supply safe?

Posted on February 23, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. by Web Admin

Local questions have arisen about Sugar Land’s drinking water based on a recent media story. The news article (http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/nation-world/nation/article/Regulatory-gaps-leave-unsafe-lead-levels-in-water-6816489.php?cmpid=gsa-chron-result) reported that tap water lead levels are unsafe across the U.S. as unacceptably high levels of lead have turned up in many cities’ water supplies.

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Feb 04

The City of Sugar Land is seeking to STOP CITIZENS’ RIGHTS TO PETITION!

Posted on February 4, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. by Doug Adolph

RUMOR: The City of Sugar Land is seeking to STOP CITIZENS’ RIGHTS TO PETITION!

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Feb 03

The City of Sugar Land used taxpayer money to oppose statewide Open Meetings regulations.

Posted on February 3, 2016 at 3:35 p.m. by Web Admin

RUMOR: In 2012, the City lost a five year, “taxpayer-funded” legal decision in an attempt to oppose Open Meetings regulations.

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Jan 29

Homeowners’ property taxes are going up because of the Performing Arts Center.

Posted on January 29, 2016 at 4:26 p.m. by Web Admin

RUMOR: Homeowners' property taxes are going up because of the Performing Arts Center.

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