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Your property will not be affected by the change in zoning from interim to permanent and zoning does not affect any deed restrictions or platted setbacks.
The properties in the Sunset Cove and Stonehaven subdivisions were platted (subdivided) as zero-lot line residential, which are also known as patio homes. This means these lots have different setbacks and house placement standards from other New Territory subdivisions. The City of Sugar Land has a dedicated zoning district, R-1Z Zero Lot Line Single-Family, for subdivisions platted similarly to Sunset Cove and Stonehaven. Therefore, the R-1Z zoning district is more appropriate for Sunset Cove and Stonehaven and will be consistent with the layout of the neighborhood, the existing plat, and deed restrictions.
You received this notice because the City is required to notify property owners within 200 feet of a zoning change in accordance with state law. Your property will not be affected and no action is required from you.
You are not required to attend the public hearings and no action is required from you. However, it is your right as a property owner to attend and/or speak at the public hearings.
No, you are not required to speak or provide comments during the public hearings.
Please note that if you do not wish to speak during the public hearing, you can still submit written comments ahead of the meeting. A staff member will read the comments into the record during the public hearing.
In order to limit the spread of COVID-19, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the meeting will be conducted online. Members of the public wishing to speak during the public hearings may do so in two ways:
You can also watch the meeting from the comfort of your home using the following options:
Please note that the above options are to watch the meetings only and do not offer an opportunity to participate in the meeting.
Zoning is a tool that most cities use to regulate land uses (e.g. residential, commercial, office, or industrial) and the physical development of land such as the size of buildings, and how buildings relate to their surroundings, including other buildings, open spaces, and the street. The purpose of zoning is to protect the value of property, prevent the establishment of nuisances, ensure compatibility between adjacent uses of land, and help to implement the land use objectives of a community’s comprehensive plan.
The City of Sugar Land is divided, or zoned, into thirteen (13) standard zoning districts and multiple customized planned development (PD) districts. The location and boundaries of the various zoning districts are shown on the City of Sugar Land official zoning map, which is available online at http://www.sugarlandtx.gov/273/City-Maps, under “Zoning Districts.” Each standard zoning district has development regulations that are housed in Chapter 2, Zoning Regulations of the City’s Land Development Code.
Interim Zoning is assigned to annexed areas at the time when the annexation is effective. This typically classifies the property into General Business (B-2-I) or Single Family Residential (R-1-I). However, the City of Sugar Land has several options for each of these uses. Over the following years, the city will conduct research both in the field and through Fort Bend County Records to assess which Business or Residential Zone is the most appropriate for each piece of property. Once the research is concluded, the City will move forward with Permanent Zoning—which changes the ‘interim zoning’ to the ‘permanent zoning’ district that most accurately reflects the building pattern of the area.
Greatwood will follow a similar process as New Territory later this year where single family residential properties will have a change in zoning from Standard Single Family Residential – Interim (R-1-I) to Standard Single Family Residential (R-1). Greatwood property owners will be notified when the City initiates the zoning process in Greatwood.