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Historic District Commission

Regular Meeting

February 16, 2012

6:00 PM

Johnnie Arolfo Civic Center, 400 West Walker Street

 

I.                   Call to Order and Roll Call of Members of Historic District Commission

 

II.                Approval of Minutes

A.     November 17, 2011

B.     December 15, 2011

C.     January 30, 2012

 

III.             Public Hearing and Action Items on Public Hearings

A.      Hold a public hearing and take action on HDC12-01 (709 Coryell), a request for a Certificate of Appropriateness regarding construction of a garage addition for a single-family dwelling zoned “RSF-7-RNC” (Single Family Residential with a Residential Neighborhood Conservation Overlay), legally described as Lot 1, Block 1 of the Milner Subdivision, located on the southwest corner of Coryell Street and N. Kansas Avenue with the address of 709 Coryell Street.

B.      Hold a public hearing and take action on HDC12-02 (801 Coryell), a request for a Certificate of Appropriateness regarding porch and garage additions for a single-family dwelling zoned “RSF-7-RNC” (Single Family Residential with a Residential Neighborhood Conservation Overlay), legally described as Lot 6, Block 22 of the League City Townsite, located on the southeast corner of Coryell Street and N. Kansas Avenue with the address of 801 Coryell Street.

 

IV.              New Business

A.  Receive a briefing from staff and provide comment regarding amendments to the Residential Neighborhood Conversation Overlay district.

 

V.                 Commissioner Comments

Announcements concerning items of community interest.  No action will be taken or discussed.

 

VI.              Staff Comments

Announcements concerning items of community interest.  No action will be taken or discussed.

 

VII.           Adjournment

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_______________________________

Wes Morrison, City Planner

 

MINUTES

CITY OF LEAGUE CITY

HISTORIC DISTRICT COMMISSION

REGULAR MEETING

Thursday February 16, 2012 at 6:00 P.M.

Johnny Arolfo Civic Center

400 WEST WALKER

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I.                   Call to order and Roll call of members

 

Mr. Guglielmo called the meeting to order at 6:07 p.m.

 

Members present:                                                       *Members absent:

Peter Guglielmo                                                             David Hoffman (Ex-Officio Architect)

Fay Dudney                                                                   Dennis Ruhl

Marie Sesher                                       

Madeline Hall                                                 

Elizabeth Schroeder

Darryel Picou

 

Mr. Ruhl was on vacation.

                         

City Representatives:

Tony Allender, Director of Planning and Research

Wes Morrison, City Planner

Joey Kaspar, Planner

Susan Wologo, Recording Secretary

           

II.        Approval of Minutes

A.     November 17, 2011

 

Ms. Schroeder made a motion to approve the minutes of November 17, 2011.

Ms. Dudney seconded the motion.

The motion passed with a vote of 5-0-1 with Mr. Picou abstaining as he was not present for the November 17th meeting.

 

B.     December 15, 2011

 

Ms. Dudney made a motion to approve the minutes of December 15, 2011.

 

Ms. Sesher seconded the motion.

 

The motion passed with a vote of 4-0-2 with Ms. Hall and Mr. Picou abstaining as they were not present for the December 15th meeting.

 

C.     January 30, 2012

 

Ms. Schroeder made a motion to approve the minutes of January 30, 2012.

 

Ms. Dudney seconded the motion.

 

The motion passed unanimously with a vote of 6-0-0.

 

III.       Public Hearing and Action Items on Public Hearings

 

A.     Hold a public hearing and take action on HDC12-01 (709 Coryell), a request for a Certificate of Appropriateness regarding construction of a garage addition for a single-family dwelling zoned “RSF-7-RNC” (Single Family Residential with a Residential Neighborhood Conservation Overlay), legally described as Lot 1, Block 1 of the Milner Subdivision, located on the southwest corner of Coryell Street and N. Kansas Avenue with the address of 709 Coryell Street.

 

Joey Kaspar, Planner with the City, presented the staff report for this item.

 

Ms. Schroeder made a motion to approve HDC12-01 (709 Coryell).

 

Ms. Sesher seconded the motion.

 

Mr. Guglielmo opened the public portion of the hearing at 6:14 p.m.

 

Residents present at the meeting voiced approval of the request.

 

Ms. Hall inquired if the existing storage structure would be removed to make room for the proposed garage addition. The applicant advised the structure would be removed.

 

Mr. Guglielmo closed the public portion of the hearing at 6:15 p.m. and called for a vote.

 

The motion passed unanimously with a vote of 6-0-0.

 

B.     Hold a public hearing and take action on HDC12-02 (801 Coryell), a request for a Certificate of Appropriateness regarding porch and garage additions for a single-family dwelling zoned “RSF-7-RNC” (Single Family Residential with a Residential Neighborhood Conservation Overlay), legally described as Lot 6, Block 22 of the League City Townsite, located on the southeast corner of Coryell Street and N. Kansas Avenue with the address of 801 Coryell Street.

 

Ms. Sesher made a motion to approve HDC12-02 (801 Coryell).

 

Ms. Schroeder seconded the motion.

 

Mr. Guglielmo opened the public portion of the hearing at 6:19 p.m.

 

Residents present at the meeting voiced approval of the request.

 

A discussion was held regarding the proposed additions.

 

Mr. Guglielmo closed the public portion of the hearing at 6:25 p.m. and called for a vote.

 

The motion passed unanimously with a vote of 6-0-0.

 

IV.             New Business

A.    Receive a briefing from staff and provide comment regarding amendments to the     Residential Neighborhood Conversation Overlay district.

Tony Allender, Director of Planning and Research, presented a visual of the amendments to the Residential Neighborhood Conservation Plan (RNC).

 

In a discussion, the Commission provided the following comments regarding the RNC revisions:

 

1.      Within the Applicability section, Specify the Historic District Commission as being responsible for issuing Certificate of Appropriateness for properties located within the Historic District as outlined in Chapter 56 and the Preservation Plan.

2.      Prohibit chain link fences in Layer 1 (front yards).

3.      Research impervious coverage requirements, particularly as they relate to parking lot materials such as crushed granite.

4.      Research the possibility of requiring additional landscaping to serve as a natural filter for runoff into Clear Creek.

5.      Determine an appropriate impervious surface coverage and apply it consistently to ALL areas of the RNC (the HD area is proposed to allow 55% impervious surface coverage while the remainder of the District is proposed to allow 60%).

6.      Consider permitting privacy fences within the overall Overlay area.

7.      Restrict the number of instances when the same elevation could be used in a given area, such as a block face (block face represents both sides of a street on a given block, such as both sides of 3rd Street between Park Avenue and Michigan Street).

8.      Amend architectural styles that would be allowed in the Township and Historic District. The New-American Bungalow will not be permitted in the HD area; however, the Commission indicated an interest in including the “Farmhouse” style within the Historic District.

9.      Research density requirements to ensure that properties located within the Overlay would not be able to build a large number of multi-family units over a commercial use.

10.  Ensure that the proposed RNC regulations respect the “superseding” authority granted by the Preservation Plan to the area within the boundaries of the Historic District.

11.  Clarify the maximum square footage permitted for Eating and Drinking Establishments to include some or all outdoor dining or seating areas.  The proposed regulations currently limit an establishment to 2,500 square feet; however, it currently does discuss whether the square footage includes outdoor seating.  (A possible fix to this would be to add language within L3 that would state to include all seating area.)

12.  Clarify the appropriate location of commercial uses. The current format could potentially allow activities such as outdoor eating establishments to be constructed in nonresidential areas. Staff will research this and ensure that commercial activities (with the exception of home occupations) are limited to areas in which the base zoning is of a commercial nature

13. Clarify the west boundary line of the Historic District includes Perkins Station, East Perkins    Avenue and extends north of Clear Creek.

 

V.        Commissioner Comments

Mr. Picou voiced concern regarding current enforcement of the sign ordinance regulations.

 

Ms. Dudney thanked staff for their efforts in communicating with the Board during the RNC amendment    process.

 

Ms. Hall voiced concern regarding an electronic sign display for a business on Main Street.

 

VI.       Staff Comments

Mr. Allender addressed Commissioner Picou’s and Commissioner Hall’s concerns made during the Commissioner Comments portion of the meeting.

 

VII.     Adjournment

Mr. Guglielmo adjourned the meeting at 8:20 p.m.

 

 

 

___________________________________              ______________________________

Wes Morrison                                                             Peter Guglielmo

City Planner                                                               Chair, Historic District Commission