Charter Review Commission

The City of Sugar Land would not be what it is today if not for the role of citizen involvement in the governing processes of the city and in providing City Council with input on public policy and governance.

Sugar Land is a “Home Rule” city governed by a City Charter. In order for citizens to ensure their system of local governance is meeting their needs, a process was established in the 1981 Charter for periodic reviews and amendments. Every five years, the Charter requires City Council to establish a citizen Charter Review Commission to study the state and condition of local governance and recommend any needed changes to achieve the goals of efficiency, effectiveness, and equity.

The Charter Review Commission is an independent citizen advisory body whose responsibility is to make charter recommendations to the city council based on an assessment of the needs and alternatives among possible options for the governance of the city.

Commission Recommendation

The Charter Commission presented their report of recommendations to the City Council on April 2, 2019. The May 2019 elections will not be impacted by these recommendations due to the timing. Propositions will appear on a future ballot.  

Related Documents

Commission Meetings

Commission meetings are open to the public.

Meeting Topic Date and Time
Introductory Meeting November 14, 2018
Council Interviews December 11, 5 p.m.             
Public Comment & Article 1, Intro to Article 2 January 9, 4:30 p.m.
Public Hearing & Article 2 January 23, 4 p.m.
Public Comment & Article 2 (continued) February 6, 4 p.m.
Public Comment and Article 3, and 4 February 18, 3 p.m.
Public Hearing and Article 4, 5, and 6 March 4, 4 p.m.
Review Report and Review Council Presentation March 18, 3:30 p.m.
Deliver Report and Conduct Council Presentation April 2, 5:30 p.m.
Joint Workshop with City Council to Review and Discuss Recommendations June 25
City Council Workshop - Charter Propositions January 28, 2020

More Information

For any comments, questions, or requests, contact:

Meredith Riede
City Attorney