You received this notice because the City is required to notify property owners within 200 feet of a zoning change in accordance with state law. Your property will not be directly affected and no action is required from you.
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If approved by City Council, your property would change in zoning from Standard Single-Family Residential (R-1) to Zero Lot Line Single-Family Residential (R-1Z). This means your property will follow R-1Z building regulations when making improvements on your property.
The properties in your neighborhood were platted (subdivided) as zero-lot line residential, which are also known as patio homes. This means these lots have different setbacks and house placement standards from other single-family subdivisions. The City of Sugar Land has a dedicated zoning district, R-1Z Zero Lot Line Single-Family, for subdivisions platted similarly to your neighborhood. Therefore, the R-1Z zoning district is more appropriate for your neighborhood and will be consistent with the layout of the neighborhood, the existing plat, and deed restrictions.
The existing Standard Single-Family Residential (R-1) zoning classification prevents building on the zero lot line due to minimum side yard spacing requirements. The change in zoning will allow property owners to build on the zero-lot line if all other R-1Z requirements are met.
You are not required to attend the public hearings and no action is required from you. However, it is your right as a property owner to attend and/or speak at the public hearings.
No, you are not required to speak or provide comments during the public hearings.
However, if you would like to provide input and do not wish to speak during the public hearing, you can still submit written comments ahead of the meeting. A staff member will read the comments into the record during the public hearing.
In order to limit the spread of COVID-19, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the meeting will be conducted online. Members of the public wishing to speak during the public hearings may do so in two ways:
You can watch the meeting from the comfort of your home using the following options:
Please note that the above options are to watch the meetings only and do not offer an opportunity to participate in the meeting.
Zoning is a tool that most cities use to regulate land uses (e.g. residential, commercial, office, or industrial) 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 purpose of zoning is to protect the value of property, prevent the establishment of nuisances, ensure compatibility between adjacent uses of land, and help to implement the land use objectives of a community’s comprehensive plan.
The City of Sugar Land is divided, or zoned, into thirteen (13) standard zoning districts and multiple customized planned development (PD) districts. The location and boundaries of the various zoning districts are shown on the City of Sugar Land official zoning map, which is available online at http://www.sugarlandtx.gov/273/City-Maps, under “Zoning Districts.” Each standard zoning district has development regulations that are located in Chapter 2, Zoning Regulations of the City’s Land Development Code.
The Standard Single-Family Residential (R-1) District provides for the development of standard low-density, single-family detached dwellings and assigned to traditional single-family homes. The Zero Lot Line Single-Family Residential (R-1Z) District provides for the development of Single-Family Detached Dwellings in areas where reduced area and setback requirements may be accommodated. The district requires homes to be located on one side lot line to consolidate yard space and enhance privacy in exchange for an increase in lot coverage. Zero lot line neighborhoods contain one side yard, whereas traditional neighborhoods include two side yards – one on both sides of the house. A comparison of the R-1 and R-1Z district standards can be found below.