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Zoning Board of Adjustments /

building and standards commission

Regular Session Agenda

November 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.     October 1, 2009

III.             The Swearing in of Witnesses

IV.              Items Tabled and Subject to Recall

A.     Consider and take action on ZBA09-14 (Oasis of Peace), a variance request to the off-street parking requirements (Schedule 125-170.D) for a religious assembly use on property zoned “CG-CRC” (General Commercial with a Commercial Revitalization Overlay), legally described as Lots 33 thru 41 of the Cross Subdivision, generally located north of Farm to Market Road 518 and east of Wisconsin Avenue with the approximate address being 1416 Farm to Market Road 518. (PUBLIC HEARING CLOSED 08-07-09)

V.                 New Business

A.     Consider and take action on ZBA09-21 (Landing Center, Phase II), variance requests to Section 90-186(c) of the League City Sign Ordinance limiting the size of construction signs to 32 square feet and are not to exceed 6 feet in height above grade in addition to Section 90-186(b) limiting the duration of a temporary construction sign to 12-months or when construction is substantially complete, whichever comes first. 

B.     Consider and take action on ZBA09-22 (NuStar Energy LP), a variance request to Section 90-181(b)(3) of the League City Sign Ordinance limiting the height of the letters on a sign to 24-inches in height.

C.     Consider and take action on ZBA09-23/ 24/ 25 (South Shore Harbour Development Ltd. #1, #2, and #3), variance requests to Section 90-181(a)(3) of the League City Sign Ordinance limiting the size of a monument sign to 50 square feet and the height of a sign not to exceed 6-feet in height.

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 2ND DAY OF NOVEMBER, 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 November 5, 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  

Hobart Sibley                          

Fred Switzer                                                                

Wesley Wray                                                  

Ian Evans

Amy Beasley

Rusty Tidwell

 

City Representatives:

Oscar Arevalo, Deputy Building Official

Susan Wologo, Recording Secretary

 

*Mr. Tidwell arrived at 6:02 p.m.

 

Approval of Minutes

 

A.       October 1, 2009

 

Mr. Sibley made a motion to approve the October 1, 2009 minutes as written.

 

Mr. Wray seconded the motion.

 

No discussion was held.

 

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

 

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. 

 

 

Items Tabled and Subject to Recall

 

A.     Consider and take action on ZBA09-14 (Oasis of Peace), a variance request to the off-street parking requirements (Schedule 125-170.D) for a religious assembly use on property zoned “CG-CRC” (General Commercial with a Commercial Revitalization Overlay), legally described as Lots 33 thru 41 of the Cross Subdivision, generally located north of Farm to Market Road 518 and east of Wisconsin Avenue with the approximate address being 1416 Farm to Market Road 518. (PUBLIC HEARING CLOSED 08-07-09)

 The Applicant requested that this item remain tabled.

V.          New Business

A.      Consider and take action on ZBA09-21 (Landing Center, Phase II), variance requests to Section 90-186(c) of the League City Sign Ordinance limiting the size of construction signs to 32 square feet and are not to exceed 6 feet in height above grade in addition to Section 90-186(b) limiting the duration of a temporary construction sign to 12-months or when construction is substantially complete, whichever comes first. 

Mr. Arevalo restated the staff report for this item and explained that the applicant’s request is for a “V” shaped temporary construction sign with each side being 96-square feet and a total of 192-square feet overall.  The Scenic Byways portion of the Sign Ordinance allows for two temporary construction signs per street frontage not exceeding 32 square feet in display area and not to exceed 6-feet in height above finished grade.  Mr. Arevalo added that the applicant currently has two 32 square foot signs on the site and noted that should the request be granted, the existing signs should be removed prior to installation of the proposed sign.

Mr. Dale Hardy, representing the applicant, came forward and reiterated the applicant’s request. 

A discussion was held regarding the placement of the sign and the height of the sign.

Mr. Sibley made a motion to approve ZBA09-21 (Landing Center, Phase II) with the stipulations that the sign be moved off of the main thoroughfare, the height of the sign be brought down to 4-feet above ground level and that the existing signs be removed from the site.

Mr. Switzer seconded the motion.

A discussion was held regarding the height of the sign.

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

 

B.     Consider and take action on ZBA09-22 (NuStar Energy LP), a variance request to Section 90-181(b)(3) of the League City Sign Ordinance limiting the height of the letters on a sign to 24-inches in height.

Mr. Arevalo restated the staff report for this item explaining that the applicant is requesting a variance to allow their logo to exceed the 24” height requirement of the Scenic Byway portion of the Ordinance.  The overall height of the logo would be 56 inches.  He added that the applicant initially submitted a larger sign request but reduced it to the current submittal of 56 inches.

 

Kyle Oppliger, representing NuStar Energy, came forward and gave a brief description of his company and distributed packages containing photos of the proposed sign and other local business signage. 

 

Mr. Christiansen called for a vote.

Mr. Evans made a motion to approve ZBA09-22 (NuStar Energy LP).

Mr. Sibley seconded the motion.

A discussion was held regarding the proposed sign and other business signage in the area.

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

 

C.     Consider and take action on ZBA09-23/ 24/ 25 (South Shore Harbour Development Ltd. #1, #2, and #3), variance requests to Section 90-181(a)(3) of the League City Sign Ordinance limiting the size of a monument sign to 50 square feet and the height of a sign not to exceed 6-feet in height.

 

Mr. Arevalo restated the staff report for this item explaining that the request is for three different monument signs in three different locations in the South Shore Harbour Development.  League City’s Sign Ordinance Section 90-181 (a) (3) states that monument signs may not exceed 50 square feet in total area.  In addition, such signs may not exceed 6-feet in height and 20-feet in length.  The proposed signs exceed the Sign Ordinance requirements and therefore require a variance.

David Clements with 4D Sign Worx came forward and explained that the signs will be replacing damaged signs.  He also explained that the signs were designed to conform to the rest of the development.

The Board voiced concerns regarding the height of the signs and the lighted panels within the lighthouse portion of the sign possibly posing a nuisance to abutting property owners. 

Kam DeBondt, Property Manager, explained that the bulbs are at the base of the lighthouse and therefore only illuminate the panels.

Mr. Arevalo suggested shielding the back panels of the lighthouse portion of the sign to avoid potential complaints by nearby property owners.

Mr. Christiansen called for a motion.

Mr. Sibley made a motion to approve ZBA09-23/24/25 with the stipulation on 23 that the applicant be prepared to darken the light panels within the sign facing the residential neighborhood should a complaint be made.

Mr. Wray seconded the motion.

A discussion was held regarding the motion.

Mr. Sibley amended his motion to approve ZBA09-23/24/25 with the stipulation on 23 that the applicant immediately darken the light panels within the sign facing the residential neighborhood.

Mr. Wray seconded the motion.

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

VI.       Adjournment of the Meeting

 

Mr. Christiansen adjourned the meeting at 7:12 p.m.

 

 

___________________________________              ______________________________

Oscar Arevalo,                                                                       James R. Christiansen

Deputy Building Official                                             Chair, Zoning Board of Adjustment                         

Date minutes approved: ___________________