New Community Development Report shows promising start to new fiscal year
The 1st Quarter – Fiscal Year 2018 Community Development Report has been released and shows a strong start to the new fiscal year. During the period, from October 2017 to December 2017 the City’s development review added more staff to assist with customer service and addressing resident needs. eTRAKiT, the City’s online permitting and inspection system continues to be updated, allowing more application types to be processed online and enhancing the customer service experience.
This work is a part of the Community Development Department’s ongoing effort to streamline the development process and improve service levels. The City of Pearland has increased its total area to approximately 51.6 square miles, a 6.6 percent increase from last fiscal year. Seventeen plats were processed during this quarter; approximately a quarter of which were development build-outs. During the quarter, the City also added Traffic Impact Analysis (TIA), Subdivision Improvement Agreements and address requests to its online application system. These changes, which help aid in the development of traffic improvements and subdivision development respectively, result in reduced paperwork and increased the speed of service for customers. A new Development Services website also makes it easier for residents, business owners, and developers to find information on the City’s website.
According to the report, as of Jan.1 of this year, the population of the City of Pearland is estimated to be at 125,000, with approximately 5,300 new residents having moved to the city in 2017. The population in the extraterritorial jurisdiction of Pearland is estimated at 24,800. This is an increase of approximately 400 persons from January 1, 2017, when the population was estimated at 24,400.
Continuous planning and development is part of an effort to ensure a healthy local economy and sustainable infrastructure, which is one of City Council’s Strategic Priorities. Read the latest Community Development Report to find out more about Pearland’s strategic growth.