Development Code Update

Changes to the Land Use Matrix

Chapter 2 Zoning Regulations of the Development Code includes a Land Use Matrix that outlines which land uses are allowed in each of Sugar Land's Zoning Districts. Over the past few months, in response to City Council directive, Planning and Development Services staff have been working to update the City’s Land Use Matrix. The primary goals of updating the City’s Land Use Matrix include simplifying land uses categories to clarify how a business would be categorized, standardizing CUP (Conditional Use Permit) Conditions, and broadening uses to support repurposing and redevelopment of existing sites. Other key items being updated in the Land Use Matrix include adding EV charging stations to our matrix to keep up with growing trends, removing “Tobacco, Hookah, and Vapor Retail Stores” as a permitted use in the B-2 Zoning District, and protecting single-family lots by requiring a 200-foot distance from residential property lines for outdoor uses.

Questions or Comments?

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Public Hearings

Amendments to the City’s Development Code require review by the Planning and Zoning Commission prior to City Council approval. The above Development Code updates will be presented to our Planning and Zoning Commission on February 22, 2024, at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers, where a public hearing will be held by the Commission. Following the Commission’s recommendation, City Council will then hold a subsequent public hearing on March 19, 2024. City Council will hold a final consideration for the motion on April 2, 2024, after which the ordinance goes into effect. Public Hearings and Considerations are scheduled for the following dates:

  • February 22, 2024 6:30 p.m. | Planning & Zoning Commission | Public Hearing & Recommendation
  • March 19, 2024 5:30 p.m. | City Council | Public Hearing and First Consideration
  • April 2, 2024 5:30 p.m. | City Council | Final Consideration

Submit a comment via our public hearing inquiry form.

Current Project Timeline*

  • Phase 1 – Spring 2024 – Land Use Matrix Updates
  • Phase 2 – Summer 2024 – Scrivener’s Errors
  • Phase 3 – Winter 2024 – Parking and Landscaping Updates
  • Phase 4 – Stay tuned for more updates on this phase of the project!

*Timing and amendments subject to change.