Land Use Forum

Over 200 community members attended and participated in the Land Use Forum from January to April of 2014. Open to the public, this speaker and community discussion series on land use focused on important topics for the near and long-term future of Sugar Land.

Sugar Land residents had the opportunity to hear presentations on land use topics, participate in round-table discussions, and provide input. The Land Use Forum explored topics such as the impact of changing demographics on market trends, the role of housing choices in a community, and the benefits of mixed-use activity centers, the link between mobility and land use, and how a city can remain vibrant through redevelopment.

The topics and details about each Land Use Forum session are available below, as well as links to videos of the presentations. View a summary report for the Land Use Forum.

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Forum #1 - A Changing City: Demographics and the Marketplace

How are the demographics in the US, region and Sugar Land shifting and what do these shifts mean for residential and commercial land uses? How are preferences in living, working and leisure changing from generation to generation? How do suburban cities evolve as they age? Does what worked for Sugar Land for the last 30 years still work today?

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

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Dr. Stephen Klineberg
Professor of Sociology at Rice University
Director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research

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Mitchell Silver, AICP
Director of Planning, City of Raleigh, NC
Immediate Past President of the American Planning Association

Forum #2 — Attracting Employers to Sugar Land

How does Sugar Land attract new businesses? What are the benefits of having employment in the City? What are companies looking for in a place to locate? How do activity centers strengthen business, and what role can the City play in developing activity centers?

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

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Don Janssen
Executive Vice President, Planned Community Developers, Ltd

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Regina Morales
Director of Economic Development, City of Sugar Land

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Les Newton
 President, Planned Community Developers, Ltd

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Christof Spieler
 Vice President and the Director of Planning at Morris Architects

Forum #3 — Town Square and Beyond: Creating Places for the Community

How can Sugar Land create places for the community to gather? What does it take to create places that draw people all day, every day? What are retailers and restaurants looking for? How can parks add value to surrounding land uses?

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

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Robert Tullis
 Vice President, Director of Design, GID Development

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Robert Gibbs
 President, Gibbs Planning Group — Urban Economic and Planning Consultants  Director at Urban Retail Institute 

Forum #4 — Housing Choices for a Successful City

What kind of housing choices does Sugar Land offer today? How does this compare to other suburban cities? How is the market for housing changing? What are the benefits of multifamily and what causes some to decline while others hold their value?

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

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Julie Campoli
 Urban Designer and Author

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Keith D. Simon
 Executive Vice President and Director
of Development CDC Houston, Inc.

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Steven R. Spillette
 President, CDS Market Research

Forum #5 — Mobility and Land Use

How does land use patterns impact transportation? How do transportation projects lead to economic development? What does Sugar Land need to do to maintain its competitiveness in terms of access to jobs? What tools does Sugar Land have to reduce congestion? How can Sugar Land incorporate other transportation choices, such as walking, biking, and transit?

Thursday, March 20, 2014

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Geoff Carleton
 AICP — Principal at Traffic Engineers, Inc (TEI)

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Jeremy Nelson
Senior Planner and Development Advisor

Forum #6 — Sustaining Vibrant Communities Through Redevelopment

Why do some commercial properties hold their value over time and other decline? How important is commercial real estate to Sugar Land’s tax base? What role can the city play in redevelopment? What benefits can redevelopment have to the City as a whole?

Thursday, April 3, 2014

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Ellen Dunham-Jones
Professor of Architecture and Urban Design
MSUD Coordinator