Development Code Update

Sugar Land’s Development Code provides guidance for the review of requests to alter or develop property within the city. It includes regulations on the control and the use of land and buildings (known as zoning), signs, subdivision of land, building standards and flood damage reduction regulations.

Why is an update necessary?

The current development code makes use of guidelines that were adopted over 20 years ago. The update aims to modernize and simplify the development code with the goal of adapting it to today's needs.

The update will

  • Continue to prioritize the preservation and protection of single-family neighborhoods
  • Modernize the language and classification of permitted uses in the zoning use classification tables
  • Clarify permitted and conditional uses within commercial zoning districts
  • Incorporate definitions of land uses and clarify parking requirements directly into the zoning use classification tables
  • Consolidate existing requirements in other sections of the Development Code into the zoning use classification tables and associated supplemental standards
  • Make use of the zoning use classification tables efficient and simple

The update will not

  • Allow incompatible non-residential uses in the middle of a neighborhood
  • Make changes to the existing classification of zoning districts
  • Create or allow new land uses that will conflict with the character of existing zoning districts
  • Remove any zoning safeguards currently in place
  • Make any changes to regulations for or expand where multi-family is allowed

Stay Informed!

The Planning and Zoning Commission will review the draft changes to the zoning use classifications and parking requirements in open meetings over the next several months. Agendas and meeting materials are available prior to the meetings. Meeting presentations and videos of discussion are available after the meeting.

August 14                     Planning & Zoning Commission Introductory Workshop
August 23 Planning & Zoning Commission Detailed Workshop #1
September 11 Planning & Zoning Commission Detailed Workshop #2
September 27  Planning & Zoning Commission Detailed Workshop #3
October 9 Planning & Zoning Commission Feedback Follow-up Workshop
October 25 Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing
November 13  Planning & Zoning Commission Recommendation (tentative)

Contact Us

  1. 2700 Town Center Blvd. N.
    Sugar Land, TX 77479
    Ph: 281-275-2218 | Fx: 281-275-2771
    planning@sugarlandtx.gov

Online Town Hall Now Open

Your feedback is part of this process! Sugar Land residents and businesses (including those located in the ETJ) are encouraged to participate in our Online Town Hall.

Did you know?

The Development Code Update will not The Development Code includes more than just zoning! It also guides development by specifying requirements for landscaping, site lighting, subdivision design, signs, building construction and drainage.