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The Development Code is a living document that should be reviewed and revised on a regular basis to keep up with changes in society and the City. The purpose of the project is to modernize and clarify the application of the zoning use classifications and parking requirements in order to improve efficiency. Modernizing the Code means that City staff – development planners – will spend less time interpreting and explaining the zoning use classifications and parking requirements to potential business owners. This is achieved by:
Zoning regulations will continue to protect residents’ quality of life and these updates will not remove protections currently in place. Uses currently prohibited within residential zoning districts will continue to be prohibited. Bulk standards for development – such as height, setbacks, and lot coverage limitations – remain the same. Regulations related to multi-family residential uses are not changed by this update.
Regulations related to multi-family residential uses are not changed by this update.
Staff has spent three years examining the existing Code, established businesses in the community, and best management practices. Additionally, a consultant worked with staff to establish the revised zoning use classification tables. These have informed the recommendations being presented to P&Z during several workshop meetings.
Community feedback and input will be welcomed during Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council review. P&Z workshops are open to the public for observation, and all are encouraged to attend and learn about the project. Additionally, extensive information about the project will be posted on the project webpage.The public may also provide input during the Online Town Hall, and that input will be considered by P&Z during their review and in their final recommendation to City Council. The public may also provide feedback during the P&Z and City Council public hearings.
The draft changes do not implement specific recommendations in the newly updated Land Use Plan; however, they do not conflict with the Plan. Future phases of the Development Code update project will incorporate recommendations from the Land Use Plan.
No. The proposed changes do not change any districts designated for your home nor any other properties within the City. There is a separate redistricting process for City Council districts that is ongoing, but this project does not impact, nor is it impacted by, the redistricting work. You can find more information about the redistricting process here: www.sugarlandtx.gov/redistricting. This process also has no bearing on school districts nor school district zoning: these processes are conducted by your respective school district, whether Fort Bend Independent School District or Lamar Consolidated School District.