Why was an amendment to the Land Use Plan necessary for this project? Does this mean it can change at any time?

The Land Use Plan designated 526 multi-family units for the Imperial Regional Activity Center (RAC).  To make this project financially feasible an additional 660 units are needed in the Imperial RAC, therefore triggering a Land Use Plan amendment.  Previous plans, which included fewer multi-family units, were not financially feasible and therefore did not come to fruition.  

The Land Use Plan is a guiding document that should be read and understood holistically, not as a mandate. The Plan is not a regulating document. The Land Use Plan states that periodic changes may be necessary to respond to demographic shifts and market trend and those changes should include public input and reviewed by the Planning & Zoning Commission and City Council. 

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1. What is the 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. How will development of this project impact traffic in the area?
18. Will this project impact drainage in the area?
19. How will the Children’s Discovery Center & Sugar Land Heritage Museum be impacted by this redevelopment?
20. Where are we in the process of getting historic tax credit for the site?