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Zoning Board of Adjustments /

building and standards commission

Regular Session Agenda

July 9, 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.     June 4, 2009

III.             The Swearing in of Witnesses

IV.              New Business 

A.     Consider and take action on ZBA09-12 (DE Flooring), a variance request to Sections 90-107(4) and 90-107(7) of the League City Sign Ordinance prohibiting signs that move or contain visible moving parts.

B.     Consider and take action on ZBA09-13 (Electronic Reader Signs) to allow Staff to administratively permit electronic reader signs that do not meet Sections 90-107(4), 90-107(7) and Chapter 90-181(a)(3) of the League City Sign Ordinance in the City of League City Code of Ordinances subject to the conditions that 1) only LEDs will be used to light the sign; 2) the reader panel timing will be limited so that no display will be less than 8 seconds and all transitions to a new display are not less than 2 seconds; 3)None of the displays will flash and; 4)the lighting intensty will automatically be reduced during periods of darkness and at night by 40%.

 

V.                 Other Business           

A.     Consider and take action to determine whether the buildings or structures located at 310 Houston Avenue shall be demolished (League Colony Apartments).

 

VI.              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 6TH DAY OF JULY, 2009 BY 6 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 JULY 09, 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 6:05 p.m.

 

Members present:                                                        Members absent:

James R. Christiansen, Chair                                       G. Wesley Wray

Fred Switzer                                                                 Rusty Tidwell

Amy Beasley                                                               Ian Evans

Hobart Sibley

 

 

 

City Representatives:

Mark Stelly, Building Official

Susan Wologo, Recording Secretary

 

Approval of Minutes

 

A.       June 04, 2009

 

Mr. Sibley made a motion to approve the June 04, 2009 minutes as written.

 

Ms. Beasley seconded the motion.

 

No discussion.

 

The motion passed unanimously 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

 

A.      Consider and take action on ZBA09-12 (DE Flooring), a variance request to Sections 90-107(4) and 90-107(7) of the League City Sign Ordinance prohibiting signs that move or contain visible moving parts.

 

Mr. Stelly restated the staff report for this item and explained the item is being brought before the board

since the current ordinance does not allow electronic reader signs. 

 

A discussion was held regarding the size and details of the proposed sign.  Mr. Stelly advised that if not for the request for the LED movable display, the proposed sign would not have needed to come before the board for approval since the proposed sign meets the other current ordinance requirements. 

 

Mr. Michael Hamilton representing HouTex Sign explained that the proposed sign has one line and one color and much smaller than previous signs requested.

 

Mr. Stelly asked the Board to consider as a possible condition that businesses, as a courtesy, add their address to their sign to better identify the business.

 

Mr. Christiansen noted the request and asked for a motion.

 

Mr. Sibley made a motion to approve ZBA09-12 (DE Flooring) subject to the conditions that 1.) The sign have all LED lighting throughout the sign for energy conservation, 2.) an eight second minimum display period with a two second transition between displays and 3.) a forty percent intensity reduction adjusting to night time hours and 4.) the business address displayed with 6-inch numbers below the LED portion of the sign.

 

Mr. Switzer seconded the motion.

 

No discussion was held.

 

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

 

 

B.     Consider and take action on ZBA09-13 (Electronic Reader Signs) to allow Staff to administratively permit electronic reader signs that do not meet Sections 90-107(4), 90-107(7) and Chapter 90-181(a)(3) of the League City Sign Ordinance in the City of League City Code of Ordinances subject to the conditions that 1) only LEDs will be used to light the sign; 2) the reader panel timing will be limited so that no display will be less than 8 seconds and all transitions to a new display are not less than 2 seconds; 3)None of the displays will flash and; 4)the lighting intensity will automatically be reduced during periods of darkness and at night by 40%

 

Mr. Stelly came forward and restated the staff report and explained that most of the requests brought before the Board have been for the (Electronic Reader Signs).  Electronic reader signs are currently prohibited by the current sign ordinance. This request would allow staff to administratively permit electronic reader signs without having to come before the Board each and every time.   Mr. Stelly further

stated that staff will ask those businesses with signs already in place to voluntarily come into compliance

with the current guidelines as well as voluntarily display the business address on the sign.

 

Mr. Christiansen called for a motion.

 

Mr. Sibley made a motion to approve ZBA09-13 (Electronic Reader Signs).

 

Mr. Switzer seconded the motion.

 

No discussion was held.

 

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

 

V.          Other Business

        A.  Consider and take action to determine whether the buildings or structures located at 310 Houston Avenue shall be demolished (League Colony Apartments).

 

Mr. Stelly stated the applicant has met all requirements, has an occupancy permit and is currently renting

the property.  Staff requests any open items to be closed for this property.

 

Mr. Christiansen made a motion to release all previous Board actions against 310 Houston Ave.

 

Mr. Sibley seconded the motion.

 

No discussion was held.

 

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

 

 

VI.       Adjournment of the Meeting

 

 

Mr. Christiansen adjourned the meeting at 6:32 p.m.

 

___________________________________              ______________________________

Mark Linenschmidt,                                                  James R. Christiansen

Senior Planner                                                                        Chair, Zoning Board of Adjustment                         

Date minutes approved: __________________