A plan to increase the number of proposed apartment units at a new master-planned community in Sugar Land is drawing opposition.
The apartments would be part of the Imperial project, which is being developed on 715 acres on the northeast side of U.S. 90A and Texas 6.
The newest plans include 950 units on a 124-acre tract west of the Mayfield Park subdivision and 650 units on 46 acres just south of the subdivision and east of the Nalco Energy Services complex.
Those figures are higher than the 459 units that were included in a general development plan approved by the city in June 2007.
The current developer, Johnson Development Corp., is seeking city approval to more than triple the number of units. But that plan has suffered a setback with city planners, who on March 16 recommended not considering the preliminary plan as submitted after identifying what they described as deficiencies and concerns. They advised the developer to submit a revised plan.
City officials didn’t elaborate on the issues they had with the submitted plan.
Shay Shafie, general manager of the project, said at a Feb. 24 workshop of the city’s planning and zoning commission that more apartment tenants would help sustain future nearby retail business.
“Residential density is a critical component to the viability of the mixed-use development. We need that nighttime population to make it work,” he said.
The plan doesn’t sit well with some nearby residents, who fear it will increase congestion on area streets, cause school crowding and decrease property values.
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