By Elsa Maxey
Despite reports of the Mayan prophecy based on their calendar, the one that looks a bit like the Aztec calendar and may have some readers confusing the two, the world did not come to an end and neither did life in Fort Bend County. In fact, plans continue to be underway for many exciting and beneficial things to come.
In Sugar Land, reports indicate that both residential development and commercial growth continues with the latest including a Costco store and Fluor Enterprises’ new 50-acre campus near U.S. Highway 59 and University Boulevard. In the making is the Imperial Redevelopment project with upscale residential development and over 300 acres of commercial property on SH 6 and US 90A for a mix of retail, hospitality, restaurants, a professional business park and urban residential structures. Some of those properties have already been sold.
Also, the Sugar Land Development Corporation approved an incentive package supporting plans by Texas Instruments Incorporated to locate a future business and development facility at the northeast corner of U.S. Highway 59 and University Boulevard in the Telfair commercial development area. Plans for an estimated 160,000-square-foot office facility to be completed by early 2014 are underway at a seven-acre site. Texas Instruments previously operated in Stafford for 45 years, where the site will be redeveloped.
Earlier in 2012, the Sugar Land Development Corporation approved an incentive package for Noble Drilling Services to locate a state-of-the-art training facility in the Sugar Land Business Park for its offshore oil exploration and development crews.
Then there’s the approval action by the Sugar Land City Council authorizing an additional $1 million in surplus funds to accelerate sidewalk repairs throughout the city, which will be continued in 2013 with a $2 million budget altogether. Sales tax collections in the city are also expected to continue to trend up.
This past year an ordinance adopted an update to the city’s Future Land Use Plan Map. This update, according to the city, incorporated previously approved changes of several master-planned communities and a land use vision for the area south of the Brazos River.
In your face, Mayan calendar! Here’s a glimpse at the future land use plan for Sugar Land for 2013 and beyond, and although the red in the center of the map may remind some of the face in the ancient Mayan calendar, it’s not one of those. It’s the area specifically set aside for retail and commercial development.