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Cities use zoning as a tool to administrate 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.
Yes, all properties within Sugar Land city limits must be placed in a zoning district, which ensures compatibility between uses (residential, commercial, industrial, etc.), prevents nuisances, and protects value of property. The City of Sugar Land is divided, or zoned, into thirteen (13) standard zoning districts and multiple planned development (PD) districts. Each standard zoning district has development regulations that are located in Chapter 2, Zoning Regulations of the City’s Development Code. Access the official zoning map online under “Zoning Districts” at http://www.sugarlandtx.gov/273/City-Maps.
The HR-1 district is a residential zoning district for the neighborhood known as The Hill, and was created in 1997. This zoning district has unique development regulations that ensures new development and redevelopment will be in character with the neighborhood, some of which were modified and/or added with the adoption of Ordinance No. 2237 by City Council on July 20th 2021.
The HR-1 Zoning District:
The R-1 zoning district is a residential zoning district that is applied to many of the traditional suburban neighborhoods within the City.
At a glance, both zoning districts address many of the same things such as requiring minimum setbacks, maximum lot coverage, maximum floor-to-area ratio, maximum height, etc. R-1 is less restrictive by allowing taller homes (maximum height of 35 feet or 2.5 stories), wider homes (5-foot setback on each side) and overall larger homes than what commonly exists in The Hill. While still allowing larger homes than what exist today, the HR-1 regulations ensure that the size of new construction is smaller in scale to be compatible with the surrounding area. For example, homes in the HR-1 are allowed to be 2-stories, but are limited to 27 feet in overall height. Homes are also limited in width by larger side setbacks (10 feet on each side) and maximum building width, based on lot width in order to keep the open feel to the neighborhood.
If rezoned from HR-1 to R-1, your property will still have zoning and will follow development regulations for the R-1 zoning district when new construction such as additions or new houses are proposed on the property. This includes standard regulations such as minimum setbacks, maximum lot coverage, maximum floor-to-area ratio, maximum height, etc. Visit www.sugarlandtx.gov/LakeviewRezoning for a table comparison of R-1 vs HR-1 regulations.