The Hill Area Residential (HR-1) Zoning District

What is the HR-1 Zoning District?

The Hill Area Residential (HR-1) zoning district is one of the standard zoning districts in the City of Sugar Land. The City uses zoning to regulate land uses and the physical development of land such as the size of buildings, and how buildings relate to their surroundings, including other buildings, open spaces, and the street.

The HR-1 zoning district is a residential zoning district for the neighborhood known as The Hill and was created with the adoption of the Development Code in 1997. This area is zoned differently due to the historic nature of the homes in this area, dating back to the 1920s when Sugar Land was a company town. 

Recent Changes to the HR-1 Zoning Regulations


During Phase I of The Hill Community Engagement project, extensive public feedback indicated that maintaining the character of The Hill is important to The Hill community. As a result, The Hill Neighborhood Steering Committee recommended changes to the HR-1 zoning regulations to help maintain the character of The Hill. The following initial recommendations were implemented for as part of Phase II, currently underway:

  • Allowing porches to be closer to the front property line, 
  • Modifying existing garage regulations,
  • Relocating HR-1 zoning regulations to a separate section within the Development Code, and
  • Including homes east of Wood Street and north of Lakeview Drive into the HR-1 zoning district.

HR-1 RegulationsMeetings Agendas

City staff drafted development regulations for the above recommendations and reviewed with The Hill Neighborhood Steering Committee. The Hill Community was invited to provide input on the proposed regulations via the City’s Online Town Hall from February 28 to April 30, 2020. Staff received 18 responses over the nine weeks with majority positive results. On May 28th, the Planning and Zoning Commission held two public hearings regarding a proposed rezoning and draft regulations. After incorporating the Commission’s feedback, staff presented a revised document on June 9th. The Commission unanimously recommended approval to the Mayor and City Council. 

On July 7th, 2020, City Council held two public hearings regarding the changes above and unanimously approved Ordinances 2201 and 2202 on first reading. The following document contains the HR-1 zoning regulations, including regulations that have not changed. Any new or modified regulations are marked in yellow. 

Additional Changes to the HR-1 Zoning Regulations

The implementation of additional Phase I recommendations related to the design and character of The Hill will be presented to The Hill Community at a later date.