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The District at Sugar Creek Planned Development
Update - Request for Waiver of Reconsideration Period Heard at the July 19th City Council Meeting
On May 24th the City Council held a public hearing and first reading of the ordinance for a rezoning application for The District at Sugar Creek Final Development Plan. At that meeting, the Council voted to deny the rezoning request for the project proposal.
The City of Sugar Land Development Code includes a provision that establishes that a rezoning application that is denied by City Council can re-submit after 6 months of the Council denial decision. If a rezoning application is denied by City Council, an applicant or property owner may request to resubmit the rezoning application before 6 months, and this ability must be granted by the City Council, per the Development Code.
The applicant team for The District at Sugar Creek submitted a formal request for the City Council to grant the ability for them to resubmit their rezoning application at an earlier time. This item was placed on the July 19th City Council meeting agenda. There was no technical review or recommendation made by city staff at that time.
The request from the applicant team was heard and considered by the City Council during their July 19th regular meeting. During this meeting, the City Council voted to deny the waiver of the 6-month reconsideration period of the rezoning application.
The specific meeting agenda regarding this request can be found here
For questions, contact: Lauren Fehr at Lfehr@sugarlandtx.gov or 281-275-2218
Previous Zoning Case History
The city received and has processed a zoning application for a Planned Development District (PD) Final Development Plan for 8 acres of property located at the northwest corner of Century Square Blvd. and Sugar Creek Center Blvd.
The proposed development consists of two Districts; District A and District B, to be developed as a mixed-use project including multi-family, live/work, restaurants, and retail. District A consists of a mix of multi-family units and live/work units with a structured parking garage to serve the development. The proposal for District A is for 387 multi-family units and 15 live/work units. The 387 multi-family units will consist of a mix of studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom units. The 15 live/work units will be located along the street-facing sides of the development and will provide for non-residential uses to be located on the ground floor of these units. The proposed development will also include approximately 2,376 square feet of additional non-residential space located along the ground floor. District B is proposed to be three buildings to be developed as restaurants and retail. It also includes an outdoor event lawn between the buildings and outdoor dining space to serve the restaurant development.
This proposal is in line with the city’s Land Use Plan, adopted by City Council in August of 2018. The site is located in the Sugar Creek Triangle Regional Activity Center as identified in the Land Use Plan which is centered on the triangle between US 90A, US Highway 59, and Dairy Ashford. Please refer to this link for information on what a Regional Activity Center is in the Land Use Plan. The Land Use Plan identifies that uses in this center should include offices, retail, condos or rental apartments, and a hotel, and that any proposed multi-family residential should also be a mixed-use development and activate the adjacent pedestrian realm. It further states that no new standalone, single-use, multi-family residential development within the city should be approved. Please refer to this link to the Sugar Creek Regional Activity Center for details. The Land Use Plan also provides guidance when multi-family developments are proposed that provides for a cap on the amount of multi-family units allowed, identifies that proposals should be part of a vertically integrated mixed-use development, and outlines specific design features to ensure appropriate integration of multi-family within an overall development proposal. Please refer to this link for further information from the Land Use Plan on vertically mixed use settings.
All property owners within the city have a right to submit a zoning application for proposed development on their property. When a property owner submits a zoning application, city staff provides a comprehensive review of the proposal prior to initiating the public meeting process. The public meeting process with the Planning & Zoning Commission typically proceeds as follows:
- First meeting is typically in the form of a workshop where staff and applicant team receive feedback from the Commission on the proposal.
- Then a public hearing is scheduled where additional feedback and direction is provided to staff and the applicant team. This is also where any members of the public are invited to speak regarding the proposal.
- The final meeting with the Planning & Zoning Commission is where staff would provide a recommendation to the Commission on the proposal, and where the Commission would ultimately provide a recommendation to the City Council.
It is important to note that simply moving an application through the zoning application and meeting process is no guarantee of staff support or ultimate Planning & Zoning Commission or City Council approval.
The Planning & Zoning Commission held a workshop on this proposed development during their regularly scheduled meeting on September 14th. This was an opportunity for the Commission to review the proposal, ask questions of the applicant and staff, and provide feedback. This meeting was open to the public. The next step in the zoning process after this meeting was to hold a Public Hearing with the Planning & Zoning Commission, which was an opportunity for the public to attend the meeting and provide feedback to the Commission. This meeting was scheduled for October 28th, however due to an unexpected power outage at City Hall, the meeting was cancelled and was rescheduled for January 11, 2022. The public hearing meeting was open to the public.
The next step in the meeting process after the Public Hearing is for the Planning & Zoning Commission to make a recommendation to City Council on the zoning application. This meeting is known as Consideration and Action and it was scheduled for Thursday, February 24, 2022. At the conclusion of this meeting, the Planning & Zoning Commission voted 6-2 in favor of a recommendation of approval to the Mayor and City Council for the development proposal.
Following the Planning & Zoning Commission review, the public meeting process has begun with the City Council. On March 22nd the City Council held a workshop to review the Land Use Plan policy direction and guidance for Regional Activity Centers and Neighborhood Activity Centers, as well as discuss The District at Sugar Creek Final Development Plan project proposal and how it aligns with the Land Use Plan guidance for mixed use development in a Regional Activity Center. There was a public comment portion at the beginning of this meeting where the public was able to speak regarding this workshop item to provide feedback to City Council on this agenda item. Additional public input opportunities will exist as part of a future public hearing meeting to be scheduled with City Council.
The next step in the zoning process is for the City Council to hold a public hearing and first reading of the ordinance for The District at Sugar Creek Final Development Plan proposal, which has been scheduled for Tuesday, May 24, 2022. This is another opportunity for the public to attend and provide feedback to the City Council on this agenda item. The upcoming meeting agenda, which will include detailed information and graphics on the project proposal, will be posted on the city’s website by Friday, May 20, 2022.
Upcoming Meeting Agendas & Information
|July 19, 2022||City Council Meeting|
|May 24, 2022||City Council - Public Hearing|
|March 22, 2022||City Council Workshop|
|February 24, 2022||Planning & Zoning Commission|
|January 11, 2022||Planning & Zoning Commission - Public Hearing|
October 28, 2021- *Meeting was cancelled due to City Hall power outage and has now been rescheduled*
|Planning & Zoning Commission - Public Hearing|
|September 14, 2021||Planning & Zoning Commission - Workshop|
|September 14, 2021||Planning & Zoning Commission - Workshop Video|
- Is this a city-led project?
- Where is this zoning application in the process?
- How many units are being proposed?
- What is a Regional Activity Center?
- How is multi-family permitted here?
- What type of non-residential or commercial uses will be permitted here?
- What did the school impact analysis say?
- How is parking being addressed?
Receive updates on the zoning application process as it moves forward.
Planning & Development Services Department
Lauren Fehr, AICP