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Posted on: July 21, 2016

Commission to Consider Telfair Zoning Application

Sugar Land, TX - The Sugar Land Planning and Zoning Commission will review a zoning application on July 28 for property at the southeast corner of University Boulevard and U.S. Highway 59.

Newland Communities submitted a revised Planned Development (PD)-General Development Plan zoning application for the property – known as Telfair Tract 5 -- on May 16, 2016. The revised plan contains a mixture of proposed office, retail, restaurant and hotel uses, as well as a proposal for a senior age-restricted independent living use.

The commission’s scheduled workshop on July 28 follows an exhaustive review of the plan by City staff.

“It is important to note that moving an application forward through the zoning process is no guarantee of staff support or ultimate Planning and Zoning Commission or City Council approval,” said Director of Planning Lisa M. Kocich-Meyer. “It provides the opportunity for the public to give input and feedback on the proposal. Public feedback informs the staff recommendation as well as the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council through the decision-making process.”

The public is invited to participate in the formal zoning process by attending Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council meetings, providing input during public hearings and sending comments to planning@sugarlandtx.gov. Staff is also available to meet with interested residents and neighborhood groups. Updates on Telfair are posted at http://www.sugarlandtx.gov/index.aspx?NID=1391.

Through years of planning, a long-term vision was established for one of the last large vacant pieces of property within Sugar Land. The planning process has established this area as an important destination for arts, culture and regional employment. The development within the area is intended to protect and enhance the public investment in the Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land and the adjacent public plaza by creating a unique sense of place with enhanced streetscape and pedestrian-oriented layouts and features.

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