Why is an amendment to the Land Use Plan that increases the number of multi-family units within this development necessary?

The increased number of multi-family units is necessary to make the project financially feasible. Previous plans, which included fewer multi-family units, were not financially feasible and therefore did not come to fruition.

The units will be luxury and anticipated to attract single and/or dual income empty-nesters and young professionals, likely without children. This development is within a much larger, 201-acre Regional Activity Center. See the map on our website for a more complete explanation, but here's the breakdown of the entire Regional Activity Center:

  • Imperial Historic District (Proposed PUMA Project Area): A requested 660
  • Imperial Lofts: 254 units
  • Sueba Site: 274 units


Five Regional Activity Centers (RACs), including Imperial, were approved by City Council in the 2018 Land Use Plan as opportunities to create walkable areas that have a mix of several land uses, including office space, entertainment, retail, hotels, civic areas, and residential housing. RACs are important to Sugar Land's future growth, creating spaces that complement each other and a strong tax base to sustain the City’s high-quality services and amenities.

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1. Now that City Council has passed the Land Use Plan amendment, what are the next steps?
2. Does this vote mean that the Land Use Plan can change at any time?
3. Where are we in the process of getting historic tax credit for the site?
4. What does approval of the General Development Plan mean?
5. Is this a city-led project?
6. Why has the City provided financial support for this project?
7. Why is this redevelopment happening now?
8. How will development of this project impact traffic in the area?
9. Who will be leasing the new proposed, multi-family units?
10. How will the Children’s Discovery Center & Sugar Land Heritage Museum be impacted by this redevelopment?
11. Can the Char House be preserved without the other parts of the proposed project being developed?
12. What is the project?
13. What will happen with the Char House?
14. Why are apartments needed?
15. I don’t want apartments in Sugar Land. What other types of housing will be allowed with this redevelopment plan?
16. Does the Planning & Zoning Commission and City Council have the authority to amend the Land Use Plan?
17. Where are we in the development process?
18. Why is an amendment to the Land Use Plan that increases the number of multi-family units within this development necessary?
19. What’s to keep PUMA from buying the land, building apartments and then backing out of the Char House deal?
20. Will any of the apartments in the Imperial development be Section 8 housing?
21. What will the average cost of these apartments be?
22. Will crime increase due to the addition of apartments in the area?
23. How will new apartments impact our schools? Will new apartments cause our schools to be overpopulated?
24. How has the public been engaged in this process?
25. If all 660 units within the PUMA Development are built, will there be space left for a “mixed-use” development, including shops, restaurants, etc.?
26. Will this project impact drainage in the area?