Stafford has created a visionary new comprehensive plan, which lays the strategic foundation for the city’s growth and development for the next 20 years. It replaces the original plan, which was adopted by the city council in 1971. This living document will provide a guide for the city’s decision-makers and is structured around three key parameters: the importance of being fiscally responsible; living within the city’s means; and maintaining no general obligation debt.
“The comprehensive plan creates an incredibly exciting opportunity for Stafford, providing an aspirational, yet realistic and achievable, roadmap for the future,” said Leonard Scarcella, mayor of Stafford. “The purpose of the plan is twofold; it tells the story of what Stafford is and what the city wishes to become as it grows and redevelops. We have worked hard to establish a reputation as a fantastic place to start a business; we intend to expand on this and make Stafford even more competitive and attractive to current and future residents and businesses.”
Future land use and establishing guidelines that will enable Stafford to plan effectively for growth, development and redevelopment are outlined. The plan identifies five opportunity areas for redevelopment:
• The former Texas Instruments (TI) site has been zoned to become a mixed-use development. This should include light commercial, office, residential, retail, and industrial land uses, in addition to open spaces.
• FM 1092, the West Airport Boulevard Corridor, serves as a passage through Stafford and presents an opportunity for transformation. Elements should include light commercial and retail land uses, enhanced intersections and streetscapes, and signage improvements.
• Located south of Houston Community College and Stafford Centre, there is opportunity for 48 acres of mixed-use development with restaurants, service retail and small office spaces. This site should be considered for a transit-oriented development that accommodates a future commuter rail service.
• The Island District is comprised of commercial, residential, industrial and retail uses. It is recommended that the district become a mixed-use development, excluding residential, and promote restaurants and third-place uses.
• The industrial and manufacturing district is home to many light industrial and office uses. Vacant parcels in this area should be used to expand existing developments. The area should help sustain and increase the city’s sales tax base.
“Stafford is on the cusp of tremendous improvements, and having a clearly defined set of goals and opportunities will help to save time, money and resources in the decision-making process,” said Jeff Wiley, president and CEO of the Greater Fort Bend Economic Development Council. “The city has become known for its low tax environment, quality of services, thriving business climate, and proximity and access to major thoroughfares of US 90A and US 59/Interstate 69. The city will use the comprehensive plan as a stepping stone for future growth to help the city flourish in the years to come.”