Sugar Land City Council to hold public hearing on Land Use Plan on June 26

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After the City Council’s request to complete an additional public input process on multifamily recommendations, the Land Use Advisory Committee will present a final draft of the Land Use Plan on June 26 at Sugar Land City Hall. Approved as chapter 6 of Sugar Land’s Comprehensive Plan by the council in July 2012, this plan outlines policy direction and guidance for development, redevelopment and land-use decisions.

LUAC members completed the additional work and determined the original multifamily recommendations were appropriate.

A list of LUAC members’ final recommendations include:

  • Language clarification throughout the plan to ensure the intent of recommendations is not misinterpreted.
  • Maintain the proportion of single-family to multifamily (88 percent to 12 percent, respectively), clarifying the ratio is the community’s vision today and in the foreseeable future.
  • Maintain three multifamily units per developable acre for Neighborhood and Regional Activity Centers and clarify this general guidance is intended to ensure dispersal throughout the city and to avoid congestion.
  • Maintain the preference for multifamily to be located in vertically mixed-use settings – clarifying the importance of this preference in activating pedestrian areas in mixed-use centers.
  • Maintain the preference for condo ownership over apartment rental, emphasizing the preservation of single-family neighborhoods and the Comprehensive Plan recognition that a high-percentage of owner-occupied homes supports great neighborhoods.
  • Minor modifications to clarify the intent of the plan is to provide guidance versus regulations.

Feedback on the plan can be provided at the June 26 public hearing at 6 p.m., or online at www.sugarlandtx.gov/onlinetownhall through June 21. Read the draft of the plan online at http://www.sugarlandtx.gov/1606/Read-the-Draft-Land-Use-Plan.

 

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Kara started with Community Impact Newspaper as the summer intern for the south Houston office in June 2018 after graduating with a degree in mass communication from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. She became the Tomball/Magnolia reporter in September 2018. Prior to CI, Kara served at the editor-in-chief of The Wichitan, interned with the Wichita Adult Literacy Council and VeepWorks.
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