How will new apartments impact our schools?

According to Fort Bend ISD, single-family houses generate more students for the school district than multi-family at a rate of 0.51 vs. 0.35 students per household. Data from Population and Survey Analysts (PASA), who is the demographer for Fort Bend ISD, states that newly built, market-rate multi-family properties typically have fewer students since rental rates are generally higher. Student to housing unit ratios is typically affected by several factors, including number of bedrooms per unit, age and class rating of the property, building style, campus attendance boundary, and rental price. A recent School Impact Analysis performed for a previous multi-family project showed that for a development largely consisting of studio and one-bedroom units, the ratio of students per occupied unit was far below the district average. A school impact study will be conducted as part of the second step zoning process for this project.

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1. What is the Imperial Char House Project?
2. What has been completed to date?
3. Is this a city-led project? Why has the City provided financial support?
4. Why is this redevelopment happening now?
5. How has the public been engaged in this process?
6. What are the next steps?
7. Why was an amendment to the Land Use Plan necessary for this project? Does this mean it can change at any time?
8. What did City Council's vote on an amendment to the Land Use Plan and General Development plan mean?
9. Can the Char House be preserved without the other parts of the proposed project being developed?
10. What’s to keep PUMA from buying the land, building apartments and then backing out of the Char House deal?
11. Why are apartments needed?
12. Who will be leasing the new proposed, multi-family units?
13. I don’t want apartments in Sugar Land. What other types of housing will be allowed with this redevelopment plan?
14. Will any of the apartments in the Imperial development be Section 8 housing?
15. Will crime increase due to the addition of apartments in the area?
16. How will new apartments impact our schools?
17. What is a traffic study used for?
18. How will development of this project impact traffic in the area?
19. Will this project impact drainage in the area?
20. How will the Children’s Discovery Center & Sugar Land Heritage Museum be impacted by this redevelopment?
21. Where are we in the process of getting historic tax credit for the site?