How will new apartments impact our schools? Will new apartments cause our schools to be overpopulated?

According to Fort Bend ISD, single-family houses generate more students for the school district than multi-family at a rate of 0.51 vs. 0.35 students per household. Data from Population and Survey Analysts (PASA), who is the demographer for Fort Bend ISD, states that newly built, market-rate multi-family properties typically have fewer students since rental rates are usually higher. Student to housing unit ratios are typically affected by several factors, including number of bedrooms per unit, age and class rating of the property, building style, campus attendance boundary, and rental price. A recent School Impact Analysis performed for a previous multi-family project showed that for a development largely consisting of studio and one-bedroom units, the ratio of students per occupied unit was far below the district average. 

 The target demographic of PUMA’s proposed developments is anticipated to attract single and/or dual income empty-nesters and young professionals, likely without children. A full school impact study will be done for this development once a more detailed plan has been defined. 

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1. Now that City Council has passed the Land Use Plan amendment, what are the next steps?
2. Does this vote mean that the Land Use Plan can change at any time?
3. Where are we in the process of getting historic tax credit for the site?
4. What does approval of the General Development Plan mean?
5. Is this a city-led project?
6. Why has the City provided financial support for this project?
7. Why is this redevelopment happening now?
8. How will development of this project impact traffic in the area?
9. Who will be leasing the new proposed, multi-family units?
10. How will the Children’s Discovery Center & Sugar Land Heritage Museum be impacted by this redevelopment?
11. Can the Char House be preserved without the other parts of the proposed project being developed?
12. What is the project?
13. What will happen with the Char House?
14. Why are apartments needed?
15. I don’t want apartments in Sugar Land. What other types of housing will be allowed with this redevelopment plan?
16. Does the Planning & Zoning Commission and City Council have the authority to amend the Land Use Plan?
17. Where are we in the development process?
18. Why is an amendment to the Land Use Plan that increases the number of multi-family units within this development necessary?
19. What’s to keep PUMA from buying the land, building apartments and then backing out of the Char House deal?
20. Will any of the apartments in the Imperial development be Section 8 housing?
21. What will the average cost of these apartments be?
22. Will crime increase due to the addition of apartments in the area?
23. How will new apartments impact our schools? Will new apartments cause our schools to be overpopulated?
24. How has the public been engaged in this process?
25. If all 660 units within the PUMA Development are built, will there be space left for a “mixed-use” development, including shops, restaurants, etc.?
26. Will this project impact drainage in the area?