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Mar 10

Does Ordinance 2014 violate state law and the City's Comprehensive Plan?

Posted on March 10, 2016 at 3:18 p.m. by Web Admin

Ordinance 2014 included updates to the Development Code. A summary of the revisions is posted at The Sugar Land Development Code is a regulatory tool to implement the City's Comprehensive Plan. The code provides the basis for the review of projects submitted by a property owner wanting to alter or develop property within the City. Components of the Development Code include zoning, sign, subdivision, building, airport zoning, and flood damage reduction regulations.

Changes made to the Code through passage of Ordinance 2014 are consistent with the City’s Comprehensive Plan.

A comprehensive plan includes a set of master plans that have implications for land use, transportation and public facilities, including possible future capital improvements, development regulations or major policies.

The Land Use Plan is one of the City's eight master plans. It is documented as Chapter 6 of the City's Comprehensive Plan. The Land Use Plan documents policy direction and gives guidance to City Council, the Planning and Zoning Commission and staff when making land use decisions.

The Land Use Plan provides guidance on site-distance restrictions and limits on the total number of multi-family units when higher-density developments are regulated through standard zoning districts, such as the R-4 multi-family residential zoning district.

Another way multi-family can be developed in the City is through the Planned Development (PD) zoning process. The Land Use Plan provides minimal guidance on the development restrictions that should be considered through the planned development process. It specifies that density and quality can be addressed through the review of planned development applications on a case-by-case basis and that the City should encourage non-single family residential uses to be developed under the Planned Development rezoning process to influence a high quality of design. Specifically, the Land Use Plan addresses this in the Planned Residential and Mixed Use sections.

Read more about the Land Use Plan at and the Comprehensive Plan at