As Sugar Land residents have spent more time at home, residents are making improvements to their backyards such as adding patio covers. The current Accessory Structure regulations, found in the City’s Development Code, limits the use of patio covers as a connection to a detached garage. In order to provide better service to our residents and streamline the process, staff recommends allowing patio covers as a connecting structure and reducing the required separation between the home and accessory structure to a minimum of 5 feet. Depending on the proposed addition and the property owner's lot configuration, the proposed change will reduce review time from approximately 3 months, which includes Zoning Board of Adjustment approval, to approximately 3 weeks with administrative approval. Please note that other regulations may apply depending on your lot configuration.
Updates to the City's Development Code require review by the Planning and Zoning Commission prior to approval from City Council. The above changes will be presented to the Planning and Zoning Commission on July 22, 2021, where the Commission will hold a public hearing. Following the Commission's recommendation, City Council will hold an additional public hearing prior to taking action on the ordinance. Dates and times are listed below.