Q&A: Get to know the candidates running for Sugar Land City Council District 4

As early voting for the May 4 election approaches, learn more about the candidates running for Sugar Land City Council.


*Carol McCutcheon

Occupation: engineer (retired), B.S., M.S., M.B.A.

Years in Sugar Land: 25 years

Phone number: 281-923-8818

Website: www.carolforsugarland.com
1. What would you do to help accelerate the redevelopment of Imperial Market?

This is very important to the residents of Sugar Land. The Imperial Market property owner is continuing to work to outline plans for moving forward with the project. I am supportive of District 1 Council Member Steve Porter in his efforts to advance this project in his district. I'm also very proud of our city staff in their efforts to support the private-sector development team in the preservation and revitalization of this important piece of our history.  All of us are committed to monitoring this closely and doing everything we can to keep it moving forward.

2. What are your thoughts on the reburial of the human remains discovered on Fort Bend ISD’s construction site in Sugar Land?

I've been part of numerous conversations on this issue. An appropriate resting place should be created for the Sugar Land 95 where they can be memorialized and their dignity preserved. Although FBISD owns the land where the remains were found, it is continuing to seek assistance from the state of Texas since the convict-leasing program was a state-sanctioned program that existed before the city of Sugar Land and FBISD were founded. The City Council has limited direct influence on this outcome, but I'm monitoring it to encourage a respectful and acceptable resolution for FBISD and our community.

3. What are your thoughts on multifamily developments in Sugar Land? Would you add more apartments, or do you feel the city has enough?

It’s important to our citizens to preserve the suburban atmosphere that makes Sugar Land such a wonderful place to call home. Prior to being elected to council, I served on the land use advisory committee. This team worked long hours listening to the residents of Sugar Land while also looking out for the housing needs of our growing community. As a result, this committee presented a plan for multifamily development that allowed for growth while maintaining our suburban culture. The citizens embraced this plan with strong affirmation, and it was adopted by City Council with my support on Aug. 7, 2018.

4. How would you work to ensure Sugar Land’s economic development stays diverse as some portions of the city are redeveloped and the remaining undeveloped land becomes limited?

The land use plan contains policies and goals that focus on ways the city can develop and redevelop to remain a desirable and economically diverse place to do business. For example, the undeveloped land at the Central Unit property is planned to be a light-industrial business park. The undeveloped land at Tract 5 off University [Boulevard] and [Hwy.] 59 is planned to be a mixed-use development with office, entertainment, hotels, a conference center, retail, restaurants, age-restricted senior living and community cultural arts facilities. We have an excellent plan to follow now for the next decade and beyond.  See https://www.sugarlandtx.gov/544/Land-Use-Plan.

5. If re-elected, what challenge will be your top priority, and why?

My top priority has been and continues to be the safety of our residents.  I want to ensure that our first responders have the best training, technology, and resources to keep themselves safe, so they can keep us safe. I am proud that Sugar Land’s 2018 Part 1 Crime Rate was the lowest in our history. I'm very proud of the men and women who serve us, and I am always listening and looking for ways to support them more. Thank you to our first responders for all you do!





William Ferguson

Occupation: sales

Years in Sugar Land: Greatwood for 13 years, annexed by Sugar Land 15 months ago.

Phone number: 832-372-1634

Website: www.FergusonforSugarLand.com
1. What would you do to help accelerate the redevelopment of Imperial Market?

Regarding the Imperial Market, the city of Sugar Land has an obligation to monitor and manage the use of the property.  Beyond that the city of Sugar Land should encourage private investors to consider city plans regarding the use of the property. Retention and development tax incentives may be utilized when available in order that the private sector will be motivated to invest in our amazing city.

2. What are your thoughts on the reburial of the human remains discovered on Fort Bend ISD’s construction site in Sugar Land?

Regarding the reburial of the human remains discovered on Fort Bend ISD's construction site, we must handle the remains with great respect. As a person that appreciates history, the human remains represent lives and our history.  This discussion is thankfully working itself out and appears that a memorial may be set up and the human remains may be respectfully relocated. Only time will tell, but all decisions should be made with great respect.

3. What are your thoughts on multifamily developments in Sugar Land? Would you add more apartments, or do you feel the city has enough?

Regarding adding apartments or not within the city limits, I believe the residents of Sugar Land have spoken. They seem to believe based on surveys of the homeowners that we currently have enough apartments. As a proud homeowner myself in Sugar Land, I want to maintain and increase the value of my property while the city maintains an affordable tax rate.

4. How would you work to ensure Sugar Land’s economic development stays diverse as some portions of the city are redeveloped and the remaining undeveloped land becomes limited?

Diversity is Sugar Land's superpower. Regarding business diversity, we are award-winning. Our economic development team monitors property use, business development and business retention. Then our cultural diversity produces demands for a variety of skills and markets. We must always work to maintain a solid balance of both small and large business.

5. If elected, what challenge will be your top priority, and why?

If elected I will focus first on communicating mobility improvement plans to the people of District 4. We all want to know how the city of Sugar Land is working to reduce our delays to and from our homes and families while maintaining city growth and services. Sugar Land is sweet, but it is sweeter when we live together, play together and serve together.


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By Beth Marshall

Born and raised in Montgomery County, Beth Marshall graduated from The University of Texas at San Antonio in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in communication and a minor in business. Originally hired as a reporter for The Woodlands edition in 2016, she became editor of the Sugar Land/Missouri City edition in October 2017.


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