Pearland, Texas Old Townsite District Plan &
Unified Development Code
Old Town Pearland set out to create an identifiable downtown with adjacent neighborhoods for the rapidly growing city. Main and Broadway, the two primary commercial corridors, dissect the town center into four quadrants with haphazard identities comprised of a variety of uses, separated by non-pedestrian friendly streets and train tracks. As such, this plan capitalizes on the existing assets of Old Town while providing a framework for the future development of a walkable, mixed-use, vibrant downtown. A public/ private partnership increases economic viability and develops a sense of place for Old Town Pearland. Four new districts include a new town center that has reemerged as a vital hub for Pearland. The plan illustrates the overall vision for the Old Town site in Pearland to the community and enables the city, property owners, and citizens to make informed decisions about future developments and enhancements. The Unified Development Code was created in partnership and integrated into Pearland’s zoning code. It contains a regulatory plan related to building envelopes and uses; architectural standards; and street standards all to ensure high quality urban places, open spaces, buildings, streetscapes, and architectural character are achievable by right rather than by variance.
Community participation was the key part of the planning process with three public meetings, numerous individual interviews with stakeholders and developer forums. The purpose of this plan was to illustrate the overall vision for the Old Town site in Pearland to the community and enable the city, property owners, and citizens to make informed decisions about future developments and enhancements.
Four districts are identified in the plan: the Historic Neighborhood District; the Existing Neighborhood District; the Arts, Culture, and Education District; and the New Town Center. These districts form a strengthened foundation in and around the downtown and help re-establish this layer in the urban fabric and support vitality in the downtown. At the same time physical initiatives are ongoing, the social aspects of community must be addressed by developing a “sense of community” for Old Town neighborhoods and districts and by utilizing key buildings, streets, public spaces, parks and recreational amenities.