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Recent Land-Use Request Attracts Criticism

A recent land-use plan in Sugar Land, TX has, as one goal, to protect single-family housing by limiting the total number of multifamily residential units to not more than 12% of total housing units in the city and extraterritorial jurisdictions. But one resident, Mark Anawaty, indicated that the policies might be at odds with the city’s goal to attract talent and business, as the cap could prevent future growth.

“I just think that we can’t set an arbitrary limit on the amount of multifamily (units), or we’re not going to be successful in creating the mixed-use activity centers that this committee visualizes,” Anawaty said, at a recent public hearing. Other members of the Sugar Land Planning and Zoning Commission agree. “That’s saying . . . you can bring your company, but leave your people at the city limits,” said Commissioner Carl Stephens.

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