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Zoning Board of Adjustments /

building and standards commission

Regular Session Agenda

February 5, 2009

6:00 PM

League City Council Chambers

200 West Walker Street

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I.                     Call to order and Roll call of members

II.            Approval of Minutes

A.      January  8, 2009

III.           The Swearing in of Witnesses

IV.           New Business

 

A.      Consider and take action on ZBA09-02 (Randall’s), a variance request to Section 90-181(b)(3) of the League City Sign Ordinance limiting the copy to 24 inches maximum height along scenic byways. 

B.      Consider and take action on ZBA09-03 (Hobby Lobby), a variance request to Section 90-110(a)(1) of the League City Sign Ordinance limiting the amount of signs allowed on a building.

V.                  Public Hearings 

 

              A.    Conduct a public hearing and take action on ZBA09-01 (Lakeside Island Homes), a variance request to the 20-foot front yard setback requirement (Schedule 125-70.C) on property zoned “RSF-5” (Single-family residential with a minimum lot size of 5,000 square feet), legally described as Lots 1 and 2 of the Lakeside Island Homes Subdivision, generally located south of Bluebonnet Street and east of Valmar Street, with the approximate addresses being 203 and 207 Valmar Street.

VI.                Other Business  

A.      Discuss progress of issuance of building permits to replace dilapidated structures at 310 Houston Avenue (League Colony Apartments).

 

VII.              Adjournment

 

 

 

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 30th  DAY OF JANUARY, 2009 AT 12 PM, AND WAS POSTED 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.

 

 

 

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LaSHONDRA HOLMES, AICP

PLANNING MANAGER

 

MINUTES

CITY OF LEAGUE CITY

ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS

REGULAR SESSION

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 05, 2009 at 6:00 P.M.

COUNCIL CHAMBERS

200 WEST WALKER

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Call to order and Roll call of members

 

Mr. Christiansen called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

 

Members present:                                                          Members absent:

James R. Christiansen, Chair                                          Ian Evans

Hobart Q. Sibley

Fred Switzer

G. Wesley Wray

 

City Representatives:

Mark Linenschmidt, Senior Planner

Rodney Glasper, Planner

Susan Wologo, Recording Secretary

 

Approval of Minutes

 

B.       January 08, 2009

 

Mr. Sibley made a motion to approve the January 08, 2009 minutes as written.

 

Mr. Wray seconded the motion.

 

No discussion.

 

The motion passed with a vote of 4-0-0.

 

Swearing in of Witnesses

 

Mr. Christiansen swore in the witnesses, stating this is a quasi-judicial board, which is being recorded and therefore anybody that speaks should be aware it is considered testimony.  Any appeal of the decision by the Board of Adjustment must be filed with the Court of Competent Jurisdiction within 10 days of the date of the decision rendered by this board. 

 

 

New Business

 

C.     Consider and take action on ZBA09-02 (Randall’s), a variance request to Section 90-181(b)(3) of the League City Sign Ordinance limiting the copy to 24 inches maximum height along scenic byways. 

 

Mr. Stelly restated the staff report for this item informing the Commission that the applicant is requesting to update their lighting system to meet new energy requirements and to be consistent with their other stores.

 

Mr. Sibley asked about the additional signage and increased height of the signs.

 

Mr. Stelly described to the Commissioners the proposed signage, including an additional sign, and the proposed locations of the signs.

 

Mr. Sibley asked Mr. Stelly if he considered it to be a cleaner layout.

 

Mr. Stelly responded saying the layout is cleaner but busier.  He further stated that if you were to add all the numbers together they would probably meet the ordinance in total footage, but by true definition of the ordinance they are not in compliance with the ordinance.

 

Mr. Pete Valdez, representing State Sign Company explained that the intent is to update the image of the store front and added that basically they are rearranging the signs that are already there.  He further described the proposed signage and explained that all of the existing Randall’s signs are presently neon and will be replaced with LED lighting which will cut energy consumption down around two-thirds.

 

A discussion was held regarding sign illumination.  Mr. Valdez informed the Commission that all of the signs with the exception of the Starbucks sign (which will remain fluorescent) will be replaced with LED lighting.

 

Mr. Christiansen called for a motion.

 

Mr. Sibley made a motion to approve ZBA09-02 (Randall’s), a variance request to Section 90-181(b)(3) of the League City Sign Ordinance limiting the copy to 24 inches maximum height along scenic byways.

 

Mr. Switzer seconded the motion.

 

A discussion was held as to the reason why all of the signs would not be replaced with LED lighting.

Mr. Sibley speculated the reason for the Starbuck’s sign may be financial considering Starbuck’s recent store closings.

 

The motion passed unanimously with a vote of 4-0-0.

 

D.     Consider and take action on ZBA09-03 (Hobby Lobby), a variance request to Section 90-110(a)(1) of the League City Sign Ordinance limiting the amount of signs allowed on a building.

 

Mr. Stelly restated the staff report explaining that the Hobby Lobby sign has already been approved and that the request is for an additional six wall signs. 

 

A discussion was held regarding the location of the store and proposed location of the signs.

 

Ms. Debbie Stellar, representing Starlite Signs, stated they are a national vendor for Hobby Lobby.  Ms. Stellar explained that the reason for the variance request is three-fold, the most important being the ability to communicate to the public that Hobby Lobby is more than just a craft store and that they now offer much more such as home accents and floral as represented by some of the signs being requested.  She added that with a two-hundred and sixty-foot store front there are long expanses on each side of the main sign and without the additional signage the area is basically empty.  She further explained that the proposed signage is Hobby Lobby’s standard signage package and, with the exception of the Hobby Lobby sign, all the department signs are non-illuminated since they feel no need to advertise the department signs after dark since the store closes at 8:00 p.m.

 

Ms. Stellar presented photographs of other Hobby Lobby stores around the country.

 

Mr. Christiansen called for a motion.

 

Mr. Sibley made a motion to approve ZBA09-03 (Hobby Lobby), a variance request to Section 90-110(a)(1) of the League City Sign Ordinance limiting the amount of signs allowed on a building.

 

Mr. Switzer seconded the motion.

 

A Discussion was held regarding the motion.

 

The motion to approve ZBA09-03 (Hobby Lobby), a variance request to Section 90-110(a)(1) of the League City Sign Ordinance limiting the amount of signs allowed on a building passed unanimously with a vote of 4-0-0.

 

V.        Public Hearings

             B.    Conduct a public hearing and take action on ZBA09-01 (Lakeside Island Homes), a variance request to the 20-foot front yard setback requirement (Schedule 125-70.C) on property zoned “RSF-5” (Single-family residential with a minimum lot size of 5,000 square feet), legally described as Lots 1 and 2 of the Lakeside Island Homes Subdivision, generally located south of Bluebonnet Street and east of Valmar Street, with the approximate addresses being 203 and 207 Valmar Street.

 

Mr. Glasper restated the staff report with a brief history of the property and considerations for the Commission.

 

Mr. Glasper informed the Commissioners that although the street in front of the property is narrow, it is a double lane street with a forty-foot right-of-way.

 

Mr. Christiansen opened the public portion of the hearing at 6:40 p.m.

 

Mr. Charles Phillips representing Key West Homes, LLC, presented photographs and giving a brief history of the property explained the reason for the variance request is to have the two homes keep in line with the existing homes to maintain the continuity of the subdivision.  He also commented that it is unlikely that Bluebonnet (the street adjacent to the lots) will ever be expanded since it dead ends into a canal.

 

A discussion was held regarding the current required sixty-foot right-of-way and the issue of older areas of the city platted under the forty-foot right-of-way requirement.  Mr. Linenschmidt explained that when the subdivision was replatted the city charter required a ten-foot dedication along Valmar and along Bluebonnet.  Mr. Phillips commented that they had provided the ten-foot dedication and further stated that even with the sixty-foot right-of-way there is still sufficient area to allow for parking for four vehicles.

 

Mr. Linenschmidt informed the Commission that although the current circumstances were created by the previous developer when the property was replatted, staff is requesting consideration in that should the variance be approved, a condition be added that the plat be amended to reflect the current setbacks.

 

Mr. John Siewers, Resident at 22 Valmar, was present in support of Mr. Phillip’s request and stated that because of the cosmetic of the street and the appearance of the homes in bringing them in line with the rest of the houses, he is very much in support of the variance.

 

With no other comments from the public, Mr. Christiansen closed the public portion of the hearing at 6:51 p.m.

 

Mr. Christiansen called for a motion.

 

Mr. Sibley made a motion to approve ZBA09-01 (Lakeside Island Homes) with the condition that the applicant submit an amended plat of the property to be recorded with the county.

 

 Mr. Switzer seconded the motion.

 

A brief discussion was held regarding the motion.

 

The motion to approve ZBA09-01 (Lakeside Island Homes) with the condition that the applicant submit an amended plat of the property to be recorded with the county passed unanimously with a vote of 4-0-0.

 

VI.       Other Business

 

A.     Discuss progress of issuance of building permits to replace dilapidated structures at 310 Houston Avenue (League Colony Apartments).

 

Mr. Stelly gave an update on the property explaining that the property is not in a condition to occupy at this time but is approximately ninety percent complete. He reported the carpet is ready but currently not installed.  The A/C units are set but there is no power to the buildings yet due to problems with the utility service.  Mr. Stelly stated that although the improvements have not been met in a timely fashion overall the buildings are secure and have been improved.  He commented there are additional nearby properties within the same ownership that need to be cleaned up as well.  He further added that (the City) has been very lenient and to some extent, he feels they’ve been taken advantage of but acknowledges the fact the property is coming into compliance and improving.

 

Mr. Clifford Jackson, property owner, said he thinks the property is a little over ninety percent finished and thinks once they are able to get power, which should be within the next few weeks, they will be finished. 

 

Mr. Stelly informed the Commission (referring to the problem with the power) that he was told by Mr. Jackson that the transformers have to be upgraded because the electrical load is greater than it was prior to the reconstruction of the property.

 

Mr. Jackson informed the Commission that they are in contact with Texas New-Mexico and waiting for them to email a contract so they can submit it with their deposit.  He further explained that when they renovated the property they tried to upgrade the interior and changed from gas to electric which resulted in the electrical overload.

 

Mr. Christiansen informed Mr. Jackson that the item will be placed on the March 5th agenda.

 

VII.     Adjournment of the Meeting

 

Mr. Sibley made a motion to adjourn the meeting.

 

Mr. Christiansen seconded the motion.

 

Mr. Christiansen adjourned the meeting at 7:13 p.m.

 

 

 

___________________________________              ______________________________

Mark Linenschmidt,                                                  James R. Christiansen

Senior Planner                                                                        Chair, Zoning Board of Adjustment                          

Date minutes approved: ___________________