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Historic District Commission

Regular Session Agenda

January 15, 2009

6:00 PM

Council Chambers

200 West Walker Street

 

I.                   Call to order and Roll call of members

II.                Approval of Minutes

A.           November 20, 2008

III.             Public Hearings

A.           Hold a public hearing and take action on, HDC08-61 (D’Augelli), a request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to alter the exterior of the building on approximately 0.2 acres zoned “CN-RNC” (Neighborhood Commercial with a Residential Neighborhood Conservation Overlay), legally described as Lot 6 and the northwestern half of Lot 5, Block 7 of the League City Townsites Subdivision, generally located south of Third Street and west of Michigan Avenue with the approximate address being 219 Michigan Avenue.

B.           Hold a public hearing and take action on, HDC08-62 (Interfaith Caring Ministries #5), a request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to alter the exterior façade of the building on approximately 0.62 acres zoned “CN-RNC” (Neighborhood Commercial with a Residential Neighborhood Conservation Overlay), legally described as Reserve C-2 of the 518 Commercial Park Subdivision, generally located south of East Main Street (Farm to Market Road 518) and east of Park Avenue with the approximate address being 151 Park Avenue.

C.           Hold a public hearing and take action on, HDC08-63 (One Room Schoolhouse), a request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to extend the structure on approximately 0.3 acres zoned “PS-RNC” (Public and Semi-Public with a Residential Neighborhood Conservation Overlay), legally described as Lots 7 and 8, Block 10 of the League City Townsites Subdivision, generally located north of Second Street and east of Kansas Avenue with the approximate address being 210 Kansas Avenue.

D.           Hold a public hearing and take action on, HDC08-64 (Queen’s Quirky Kitchen #2), a request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to alter the exterior of the building on approximately 0.4 acres zoned “CN-RNC” (Neighborhood Commercial with a Residential Neighborhood Conservation Overlay), legally described as Lots 5 and 7, of the Hanby Subdivision, generally located south of East Main (Farm to Market Road 518) and east of Iowa Avenue with the approximate address being 1013 East Main Street.

IV.              Other Business

A.           Administrative Approvals for November - January.

V.                 Adjournment of the Meeting

 

CERTIFICATE

THIS IS TO CERTIFY THAT THE ABOVE NOTICE OF MEETING WAS POSTED ON THE BULLETIN BOARD AT CITY HALL OF THE CITY OF LEAGUE CITY, TEXAS, BY THE 12th  DAY OF JANUARY 2009, AT 12 PM, AND WAS P0STED IN ACCORDANCE WITH CHAPTER 551, LOCAL GOVERNMENT CODE (THE TEXAS OPEN MEETINGS ACT).  ITEMS POSTED IN THE OPEN SESSION PORTIONS OF THIS AGENDA MAY ALSO BE DISCUSSED IN CLOSED OR EXECUTIVE SESSION IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THE TEXAS OPEN MEETINGS ACT.

 

 

 

__________________________________________

LASHONDRA HOLMES, AICP

PLANNING MANAGER

 

 


MINUTES

CITY OF LEAGUE CITY

HISTORIC DISTRICT COMMISSION

REGULAR MEETING

Thursday, January 15, 2009 at 6:00 P.M.

City Council Chambers

200 WEST WALKER

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VI.              Call to order and Roll call of members

 

Ms. Hall called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

 

Members present:                                                     Members absent:

Madeline Hall, Chair                                                      David Hoffman (Ex-Officio Architect)

Fay Dudney                                                                                                                 

Sandra Christiansen

Peter Guglielmo

Marie Sesher

 

City Representatives:

Mark Linenschmidt, Senior Planner

Susan Wologo, Recording Secretary      

 

VII.           Approval of Minutes

 

A.           November 20, 2008

 

Ms. Sesher made a motion to approve the minutes of November 20, 2008.

 

Ms. Christiansen seconded the motion.

 

No discussion was held.

 

The motion passed with a vote of 5-0-0.

 

VIII.        Public Hearings

 

A.           Hold a public hearing and take action on, HDC08-61 (D’Augelli), a request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to alter the exterior of the building on approximately 0.2 acres zoned “CN-RNC” (Neighborhood Commercial with a Residential Neighborhood Conservation Overlay), legally described as Lot 6 and the northwestern half of Lot 5, Block 7 of the League City Townsites Subdivision, generally located south of Third Street and west of Michigan Avenue with the approximate address being 219 Michigan Avenue.

 

Mr. Linenschmidt restated the staff report for this item and presented paint color samples to the Commission.

 

Ms. Hall opened the public portion of the hearing at 6:03 p.m.

 

With no one present from the public present to speak on this item, Ms. Hall closed the public portion of the hearing at 6:03 p.m.

 

Mr. Guglielmo made a motion to approve HDC08-61 (D’Augelli) a request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to alter the exterior of the building at 219 Michigan Avenue.

 

Ms. Christiansen seconded the motion.

 

No discussion was held.

 

The motion to approve HDC08-61 (D’Augelli) a request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to alter the exterior of the building at 219 Michigan Avenue passed unanimously with a vote of 4-0-1 with Ms. Sesher abstaining.

 

B.           Hold a public hearing and take action on, HDC08-62 (Interfaith Caring Ministries #5), a request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to alter the exterior façade of the building on approximately 0.62 acres zoned “CN-RNC” (Neighborhood Commercial with a Residential Neighborhood Conservation Overlay), legally described as Reserve C-2 of the 518 Commercial Park Subdivision, generally located south of East Main Street (Farm to Market Road 518) and east of Park Avenue with the approximate address being 151 Park Avenue.

 

Mr. Linenschmidt restated the staff report for this item.

 

Ms. Hall opened the public portion of the hearing at 6:06 p.m.

 

With no one present from the public to speak on this item, Ms Hall closed the public portion of the hearing at 6:06 p.m.

 

Ms. Hall called for a motion.

 

Ms. Dudney made a motion to approve HDC08-62 (Interfaith Caring Ministries #5), a request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to alter the exterior façade of the building at 151 Park Avenue.

 

Ms. Sesher seconded the motion.

 

Terri Lera representing Wycoff Construction presented a color board with samples of the brick and paint colors for the proposed exterior façade.

 

A discussion was held regarding the building having two street frontages.

 

Mr. Linenschmidt advised that the Guidelines do not address double street frontages in terms of required exterior materials.

 

Ms. Hall called for a vote.

 

The motion to approve HDC08-62 (Interfaith Caring Ministries #5), a request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to alter the exterior façade of the building at 151 Park Avenue passed unanimously with a vote of 5-0-0.

 

C.           Hold a public hearing and take action on, HDC08-63 (One Room Schoolhouse), a request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to extend the structure on approximately 0.3 acres zoned “PS-RNC” (Public and Semi-Public with a Residential Neighborhood Conservation Overlay), legally described as Lots 7 and 8, Block 10 of the League City Townsites Subdivision, generally located north of Second Street and east of Kansas Avenue with the approximate address being 210 Kansas Avenue.

 

Mr. Linenschmidt restated the staff report for this item with considerations for the Commission.

 

Ms. Dudney inquired if she should abstain from voting on this item since she is a member of the League City Historical Society.

 

In a discussion it was discovered that four of the five Commissioners are League City Historic Society members.  It was further discussed whether the members should abstain from voting on this item.

 

Mr. Linenschmidt informed the Commission that they may vote on this item, however advised them that he will still seek advice from the City Attorney.

 

Ms. Hall opened the public portion of the hearing at 6:18 p.m.

 

Joanna Sharp representing the League City Historical Society came forward to petition the Board’s consideration to allow a request to extend their building.  She stated they are in dire need of storage space for artifacts that have been donated.  Ms. Sharp further added that most of the structure would not be visible since there is a high fence between the property and the alley.

 

Ms. Hall asked if there was anyone present from the public to speak.

 

A neighboring resident made known his presence from the gallery (inaudible) but did not come forward to speak.

 

A discussion was held concerning the possibility of setting a future precedent by allowing the waiver. 

 

Mr. Linenschmidt stated that should the Board allow this waiver, he would respectfully request that the Board clearly state the reason supporting the waiver since allowing the waiver may start a precedent.

 

Terri Lera with Wycoff Construction came forward to comment that generally with commercial projects when requesting a variance, a city will look at each project individually and it may go through several steps such as the DRC (Development Review Committee), Planning and Zoning or City Council.  However, if (HDC) is the end unit then it puts the Board in a precarious situation, in which case the Board may need to support their reasoning behind granting the waiver.

 

Ms. Sharp wanted to make known that the proposed addition is a community project and informed the Board that all of the materials and services for the project are being donated.  

 

The Board reviewed the site plan and discussed the building dimensions and required setbacks.

 

Mr. Linenschmidt read from the Preservation Plan under Setback Requirements:  No building shall be located nearer than 20-feet from the front property line or 5-feet from the side and rear property lines.

 

Ms. Sesher raised fire safety concerns as a result of granting a waiver to the setbacks.

 

Ms. Lera came forward and advised that fire safety would be something discussed in DRC but that the issue may be more with the public questioning the waiver and the Board’s need to inform the public that the waiver was granted due to the project being a museum. 

 

Mr. Linenschmidt advised the Board that they have the options to approve or deny the waiver as well as   the option to table it, in which case it would allow staff the time to gather information and confer with the City Attorney. 

 

Ms. Sesher questioned whether the addition was necessary since it will be used for storage and suggested that if there is a storage issue the applicant should consider reducing the amount of items collected.

 

Mr. Linenschmidt reiterated that should the Board request to table the item it would allow for staff to provide them with more information and therefore allow the Board to make a more informed decision at a later date.

 

Ms. Hall closed the public portion of the hearing at 6:37 p.m.

 

Mr. Guglielmo made a motion to table HDC08-63 (One Room Schoolhouse), a request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to extend the structure on approximately 0.3 acres zoned “PS-RNC” (Public and Semi-Public with a Residential Neighborhood Conservation Overlay), legally described as Lots 7 and 8, Block 10 of the League City Townsites Subdivision, generally located north of Second Street and east of Kansas Avenue with the approximate address being 210 Kansas Avenue.

 

Ms. Christiansen seconded the motion.

 

The Board further discussed the issue of possibly setting a precedent should the waiver be granted.

 

Ms. Hall called for a vote.

 

The motion to table HDC08-63 (One Room Schoolhouse), a request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to extend the structure on approximately 0.3 acres zoned “PS-RNC” (Public and Semi-Public with a Residential Neighborhood Conservation Overlay), legally described as Lots 7 and 8, Block 10 of the League City Townsites Subdivision, generally located north of Second Street and east of Kansas Avenue with the approximate address being 210 Kansas Avenue passed with a vote of 4-0-1 with Ms. Dudney abstaining.

 

D.           Hold a public hearing and take action on, HDC08-64 (Queen’s Quirky Kitchen #2), a request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to alter the exterior of the building on approximately 0.4 acres zoned “CN-RNC” (Neighborhood Commercial with a Residential Neighborhood Conservation Overlay), legally described as Lots 5 and 7, of the Hanby Subdivision, generally located south of East Main (Farm to Market Road 518) and east of Iowa Avenue with the approximate address being 1013 East Main Street.

 

Mr. Linenschmidt restated the staff report for this item and presented samples of the proposed paint colors.

 

Ms. Hall opened the public portion of the hearing at 6:43 p.m.

 

With no one present from the public to speak on this item, Ms. Hall closed the public portion of the hearing at 6:44 p.m.

 

Ms. Hall called for a motion.

 

Mr. Guglielmo made a motion to approve HDC08-64 (Queen’s Quirky Kitchen #2) a request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to alter the exterior of the building at 1013 East Main Street.

 

Ms. Dudney seconded the motion.

 

A discussion was held regarding the proposed paint colors.

 

Ms. Hall called for a vote.

 

The motion to approve HDC08-64 (Queen’s Quirky Kitchen #2) a request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to alter the exterior of the building at 1013 East Main Street passed unanimously with a vote of 5-0-0.

 

IX.              Other Business

 

A.           Administrative Approvals for November - January.

 

Mr. Linenschmidt informed the Commissioners there were three Administrative Approvals– a revision for the interior for Interfaith and a temporary sign permit in December and an Operations Permit in January.

 

X.                    Adjournment of the Meeting

 

Ms. Dudney made a motion to adjourn the meeting.

 

Ms. Christiansen seconded the motion.

 

Ms. Hall adjourned the meeting at 6:47 p.m.

 

 

 

___________________________________              ______________________________

Mark Linenschmidt, Senior Planner                          Madeline Hall, Chair

                                                                                               

 

 

Date minutes approved: ___________________