Sugar Land forming citizen bond advisory committee

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on January 18, 2013 at 7:15 PM

Sugar Land -- The City of Sugar Land is taking applications for citizens who would like to take part in an advisory committee that will help shape a possible $50 million bond election in November.

Mayor James Thompson and City Manager Allen Bogard formally announced plans for the bond election during Sugar Land's State of the City event on Friday.

Committee members are expected to meet every two to three weeks through May as they prioritize projects, consider phasing opportunities and evaluate funding. Final recommendations will be presented to City Council for consideration.

Projects being considered include:

  • Parkland development along the Brazos River that could include kayak launches and other new active and passive amenities;
  • A network of hike and bike trails throughout the City that address recreational and mobility needs;
  • A festival site accommodating large-scale events like the City's annual Fourth of July celebration and other cultural and entertainment events that benefit the local economy; and
  • A new signature park in the Telfair area that could include a multi-use recreational facility and facilities for lacrosse, tennis, cricket and more.

The city says sub-committees of up to 20 people each will focus on each of the four quality-of-life projects. Additional citizens will take part in an executive committee that will guide the overall process.

Community input provided over years of public meetings, surveys and other forums has shaped the proposed bond election and can be seen in the diversity of the offerings in each of the proposed projects - new parks, public spaces and recreational facilities that provide friends and neighbors opportunities to connect in new and unexpected ways.

The bond election will provide an opportunity for citizens to choose whether to invest in quality of life projects that will make Sugar Land an even more attractive destination for residents, business and visitors.

Applications are being accepted through the end of January. Click here to apply.

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