League City officials are in a race with developers to determine the layout and look of the city in years to come.
Strategic plans to win control of what development of the city will look like include a land-use assumptions report that looks at demographic data and current land use and predicts how the city is growing and what its needs will be.
Today, during a public hearing, the city council will vote on whether to accept the land-use assumptions report, which predicts the city’s population will grow by 3.4 percent over the next 10 years, reaching 143,386 residents by 2027. Freese and Nichols Inc. produced the report.
League City is the fastest growing city in the state with a population of more than 102,000 residents already.
A large part of the southwestern part of the city is undeveloped and is the most likely place to put new residential neighborhoods with grocery stores and gas stations. Residents will need roads for all those new houses and stores. And they’ll need water and sewer lines as well.
Although many city officials thought that residential and commercial development on the undeveloped west side of the city would wait until the Texas Department of Transportation built the Grand Parkway, that no longer seems to be true.
“In the past year, we’ve had a lot of discussions with developers who are starting to take steps to develop that area without the Grand Parkway,” League City planning manager Kris Carpenter said.
City staff are basing the proposed ordinance on the Freese and Nichols report.
Besides more residential and retail spaces, the proposed ordinance also projects that employment in League City will grow. The land-use assumptions study expects more jobs in the Pinnacle Park development, the University of Texas Medical Branch expansion and the downtown areas.
By 2027, employment in League City overall will grow by 3.3 percent, Freese and Nichols consultant Edmund Haas said.
The race is on to determine where to put water and sewer lines in undeveloped areas of League City.
Chapter 395 of the Texas Local Government Code outlines how cities in Texas must formulate capital recovery fees. An initial step in the update process is land-use assumptions that address growth and development for a 10-year planning period.
The land-use assumptions ordinance will become the basis to prepare capital recovery fees for the capital improvement plans for water, wastewater and roadway facilities, city staff said.