Why are we going through an update of the development code?

The City of Sugar Land is actively working on enhancing our community's quality of life through the implementation of new mixed-use zoning regulations. Amending the development code to allow for mixed-use areas within the City is an action step included in the Land Use Plan to accomplish this goal. These regulations are a direct response to the long-term shifts in market demands and demographic trends, as well as the desires expressed by our residents during the Land Use Plan update in 2018. These regulations aim to create vibrant Activity Centers that integrate offices, housing, retail, entertainment, and civic uses, providing spaces where people can gather outside of work, school, and their homes. With the introduction of two new mixed-use zoning districts, we strive to bridge the gap between residential and commercial land uses. 

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1. What is the Land Use Plan?
2. What is mixed-use zoning and what does the Land Use Plan say about it?
3. Is there public support for mixed-use zoning?
4. Why are we going through an update of the development code?
5. Are you looking to change the entire development code?
6. What is an activity center?
7. How many activity centers are there and where are they located?
8. What does the mixed-use zoning code aim to do?
9. How long will this process take?
10. We have rules for a reason. Why do these need to be changed now?
11. How large are activity centers compared to the rest of Sugar Land?