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Regional Planning
Our Roles
The City of Sugar Land has an important role in the Houston region and is an active participant in regional planning efforts, including the plans and programs listed below. 

Regional Transportation Plan (RTP)
The Houston-Galveston Area Council’s (H-GAC) Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) establishes a vision for development of the region's transportation infrastructure over the next 20 to 30 years. Inclusion in the RTP is necessary for some transportation projects to qualify for state and federal funding. The 2035 RTP is a multi-modal plan for multiple transportation modes such as cars, bikes, and pedestrians, that includes all regionally significant projects and programs planned for the region. Sugar Land is participating in the development of the 2040 RTP through a process H-GAC is leading during 2012 and 2013. Access more information on the RTP.

Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)
H-GAC’s Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is the near-term implementation program for the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). The TIP identifies projects over a four-year time frame to which federal, state, and local match funds have been assigned. Projects may address needs relating to transit, roadway and highway, bicycle and pedestrian, preventative maintenance, rehabilitation, and transportation operations. Sugar Land participates as H-GAC develops the proposed TIP. View more information on the TIP.

Regional Plan for Sustainable Development
The H-GAC Regional Plan for Sustainable Development project will result in the first regionally-adopted, consensus-based sustainability plan for the Gulf Coast Planning Region of Texas. Funded through a $3.75 million federal Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant, the 13-county plan will explore opportunities to improve the region’s most significant resources, including clean air and water, good jobs, safe and attractive neighborhoods, affordable housing, transportation choices, and open spaces and parks. H-GAC has stated that the plan will set aspirational goals and implementation will be voluntary. Sugar Land is participating in this project through representation on several committees and will continue participation, as the plan develops.

Fort Bend Sub-Regional Planning Initiative (SPI)
The H-GAC Sub-Regional Planning Initiative (SPI) provided an opportunity for local communities and regional partners to work together to create a transportation and land use vision for the Fort Bend County sub-region in order to manage the significant growth projected for the region. Jurisdictions participating in the Fort Bend SPI included Arcola, Meadows Place, Missouri City, Richmond, Rosenberg, Stafford, Sugar Land, and Fort Bend County. Sugar Land participated in the plan, via staff involvement and contribution of Sugar Land's portion of the local matching funds. View the Fort Bend SPI.

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