Draft land use plan reflects four years of public input

A citizen-led Land Use Advisory Committee (LUAC) has scheduled a public open house on Oct. 11, at 6 p.m., at Sugar Land City Hall, 2700 Town Center Blvd. North, to share a proposed update to the city’s Land Use Plan.

The Land Use Plan, also known as Chapter 6 of the city’s Comprehensive Plan:

  • outlines policy direction and guidance for land-use decisions;
  • establishes a vision for land use; and
  • identifies a work plan of projects to accomplish land-use goals.

The plan guides proactive responses to long-term market shifts and demographic trends – with the goal of protecting single-family residential neighborhoods and ensuring Sugar Land continues to be a premier place to live, work, shop and play in the region.

City residents who served on LUAC guided work to update the plan. Recommendations were based on a four-year process that included extensive efforts to engage the community and gather input. Public participation included meetings, Online Town Halls, an educational forum series and more.

The Land Use Plan is not zoning or a regulatory document; however, the city’s zoning regulations are guided by and must be consistent with the Comprehensive Plan. In fact, the city is required to have a Comprehensive Plan if it has zoning.

LUAC’s plan to share their plan with the community will precede a presentation and recommendation to the Planning and Zoning Commission.

The draft Land Use Plan is available online at www.sugarlandtx.gov/LandUsePlan. Feedback can be provided at www.sugarlandtx.gov/onlinetownhall beginning Oct. 2 through Oct. 23 or at a public hearing during the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting on Oct. 26.

Following the hearing, the commission will make a recommendation to City Council. The council will hold a workshop, public hearing and consider adoption of the plan by ordinance later this year.

 

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