Over 200 community members attended and participated in the Land Use Forum from January to April of 2014. Open to the public, this speaker and community discussion series on land use focused on important topics for the near and long-term future of Sugar Land.
Sugar Land residents had the opportunity to hear presentations on land use topics, participate in round-table discussions, and provide input. The Land Use Forum explored topics such as the impact of changing demographics on market trends, the role of housing choices in a community, and the benefits of mixed-use activity centers, the link between mobility and land use, and how a city can remain vibrant through redevelopment.
The topics and details about each Land Use Forum session are available below, as well as links to videos of the presentations. View a summary report for the Land Use Forum.
How are the demographics in the US, region and Sugar Land shifting and what do these shifts mean for residential and commercial land uses? How are preferences in living, working and leisure changing from generation to generation? How do suburban cities evolve as they age? Does what worked for Sugar Land for the last 30 years still work today?
How does Sugar Land attract new businesses? What are the benefits of having employment in the City? What are companies looking for in a place to locate? How do activity centers strengthen business, and what role can the City play in developing activity centers?
How can Sugar Land create places for the community to gather? What does it take to create places that draw people all day, every day? What are retailers and restaurants looking for? How can parks add value to surrounding land uses?
What kind of housing choices does Sugar Land offer today? How does this compare to other suburban cities? How is the market for housing changing? What are the benefits of multifamily and what causes some to decline while others hold their value?
How does land use patterns impact transportation? How do transportation projects lead to economic development? What does Sugar Land need to do to maintain its competitiveness in terms of access to jobs? What tools does Sugar Land have to reduce congestion? How can Sugar Land incorporate other transportation choices, such as walking, biking, and transit?
Why do some commercial properties hold their value over time and other decline? How important is commercial real estate to Sugar Land’s tax base? What role can the city play in redevelopment? What benefits can redevelopment have to the City as a whole?