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Development Code Update
The Development Code is the official document that ensures safe, orderly, and efficient development throughout the City in accordance with the Comprehensive Plan by providing for the public health, safety and general welfare of citizens. On July 21, 2015, City Council adopted Phase 1 of the Development Code Update.  Phase 1 of the project focused on technical revisions to make the Code more user-friendly, implementing several high-priority policy items, and the implementation of the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan.  The updated Development Code is available by chapter below.

Development Code (Full version)

Chapter 1: General Provisions

Chapter 2: Zoning Regulations

Chapter 3: Reserved

Chapter 4: Sign Regulations

Chapter 5: Subdivisions Regulations

Chapter 6: Subdivision Design Standards

Chapter 7: Building Regulations

Chapter 8: Flood Damage Prevention

Chapter 9: Sugar Land Regional Airport Zoning Regulations

Chapter 10: Definitions

Chapter 11: Stormwater Quality Management and Discharge Control 

Recent Developments
Friday, October 30
Resolution on City Council Agenda
We listened, and we've heard the community's concerns.

After receiving a petition of more than 1,400 citizens concerned about apartments, Mayor James Thompson scheduled a meeting on Oct. 27 at City Hall with representative petitioners. Read More >>

Development Code Flyer
A downloadable important facts sheet about the development code and land use plan update.

Quick Facts
What is the City’s Development Code?
The Development Code was adopted in 1997 and provides the basis for the review of projects submitted by a property owner wanting to alter or develop property within the City of Sugar Land. Components of the Development Code include zoning, sign, subdivision, building, airport zoning, and flood damage reduction regulations.

What updates were made to the Development Code as part of the recent approvals?
The updates focused on technical revisions and implementing a few high-priority policy items that include details on vested rights, planned development districts, private residential streets and the implementation of the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan. The technical revisions include reorganization of sections of the Code, placing lengthy text in table formats, and adding diagrams to clarify requirements. These technical changes were made to make the Code more user-friendly.
Summary List of Changes
Has the City removed the requirements from the Development Code that apartment complexes should be only 200 units and no more than two stories?
The recent Code updates did not remove these regulations. When the Development Code was originally adopted in 1997, a concentration restriction was added to the R-4 (Multi-family Residential District) regulations. The concentration restriction required that any property developed under the Multi-family Residential (R-4) District after Sept. 23, 1997 shall not contain more than 200 units. This restriction remains in the 2015 Code update for any property developed under the R-4 zoning requirements. As a point of reference, multi-family developed recently in Telfair and Imperial was done so as part of a Planned Development (PD) District, not as a Multi-family Residential R-4 District.

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