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Historic District Commission

Regular Meeting

November 17, 2011

6:00 PM

City Council Chambers, 200 West Walker Street

 

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

 

II.                  Approval of Minutes

A.     July 21, 2011

B.     September 22, 2011

C.     October 20, 2011

 

III.               Public Hearing and Action Items on Public Hearings

A.     Hold a public hearing and consider approval of a certificate of appropriateness to construct an accessory building on an existing developed lot to serve as storage on 0.32 acres zoned “Neighborhood Commercial-Residential Neighborhood Conservation Overlay”, legally described as Lots 5 & 6, Block 5 of the League City Townsites, generally located at the southeast intersection of 2nd Street and Michigan Avenue with the approximate address being 122 Michigan Avenue.

 

IV.                Discussion Items

A.     Receive a briefing and provide comment regarding a petition from certain property owners along 7th Street, Kansas Street, and within the Township Subdivision requesting their properties be de-annexed from the Historic District.

 

V.                  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 14th DAY OF NOVEMBER 2011, BY NOON, 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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_______________________________

Wes Morrison, Senior Planner

 

MINUTES

CITY OF LEAGUE CITY

HISTORIC DISTRICT COMMISSION

REGULAR MEETING

Thursday November 17, 2011 at 6:00 P.M.

City Council Chambers

200 WEST WALKER

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I.                   Call to order and Roll call of members

 

Mr. Guglielmo called the meeting to order at 6:04 p.m.

 

Members present:                                                      *Members absent:

Peter Guglielmo                                                           David Hoffman (Ex-Officio Architect)

Fay Dudney                                                                 Sandra Christiansen

Marie Sesher                                       

Madeline Hall                                                 

Dennis Ruhl

Elizabeth Schroeder

 

 

Ms. Christiansen was on vacation.

                         

 

City Representatives:

Tony Allender, Director of Planning and Research

Wes Morrison, Senior Planner

Joey Kaspar, Planner

Susan Wologo, Recording Secretary

Joanna Dawson, Council Member

           

 

II.        Approval of Minutes

D.     July 21, 2011

 

Ms. Dudney made a motion to approve the minutes of July 21, 2011.

Ms. Sesher seconded the motion.

The motion passed unanimously with a vote of 6-1-0 with Mr. Ruhl abstaining as he was not present for the meeting.

 

E.     September 22, 2011

 

Ms. Hall made a motion to approve the minutes of September 22, 2011.

Ms. Schroeder seconded the motion.

The motion passed unanimously with a vote of 6-1-0 with Mr. Ruhl abstaining as he was not present for the meeting.

 

F.      October 20, 2011

 

Ms. Dudney made a motion to approve the minutes of October 20, 2011.

Ms. Schroeder seconded the motion.

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

III.       Public Hearing and Action Items on Public Hearings

 

B.     Hold a public hearing and consider approval of a certificate of appropriateness to construct an accessory building on an existing developed lot to serve as storage on 0.32 acres zoned “Neighborhood Commercial-Residential Neighborhood Conservation Overlay”, legally described as Lots 5 & 6, Block 5 of the League City Townsites, generally located at the southeast intersection of 2nd Street and Michigan Avenue with the approximate address being 122 Michigan Avenue.

Wes Morrison, Senior Planner, presented the staff report for this item.

Mr. Guglielmo opened the public portion of the hearing at 6:11 p.m.

Ronnie Richards, applicant, came forward and gave a brief description of the proposed structure.

Mr. Guglielmo closed the public portion of the hearing at 6:13 p.m.

Ms. Hall made a motion to approve HDC11-34 (122 Michigan Avenue).

Ms. Sesher seconded the motion.

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

IV.             Discussion Items

 

B.     Receive a briefing and provide comment regarding a petition from certain property owners along 7th Street, Kansas Street, and within the Township Subdivision requesting their properties be de-annexed from the Historic District.

 

Tony Allender, Director of Planning and Research, came forward and briefed the commission on this item and presented a timeline which included the original creation of the district as well as amended boundaries within the Historic District through the years.  He further discussed the zoning within the Historic District boundaries and the creation of the preservation plan, zoning ordinance and design guidelines. 

Mr. Guglielmo commented on one of the de-annexation petition criteria regarding non-historic homes.  He said that as far as history goes, the sites, land, and places are historic.  He invited Ms. Dudney to read about some of the history of the original townsite area.  She gave a brief history of the area and read that in the 1890’s J.C League purchased the property of the Muldoon Two League Grant.  He had the property surveyed and platted into residential lots in which he later called the townsite.  She added that League’s townsite boundaries are approximately the same as the historic district boundaries.

The Commission provided the following comments and concerns regarding the de-annexation request.  

·         The land is historic in nature due to the brick factory that once occupied the land. 

·         Preserve the route to creek front along Kansas to waterfront.

·         Preserve specific historic sites, i.e.:  brickyard, cemetery, historic dock.

·         Important to keep connectivity between water and historic area.

·         Entire area part of a single neighborhood.

·         Projects have been completed that were intended to keep area together.

·         District existed before new development.

·         Possible to create historic character with new construction and application of historic character which will assist in creating a critical mass.

·         Connectivity between creek and Main Street critical for economic growth.

·         If properties along 7th Street are removed from historic district boundaries then commercial areas should be rezoned to residential.

·         Desire to preserve historic integrity of Kansas (historic connection between Galveston and Houston).

 

At the request of Mr. Ruhl, Mr. Weibling, representing the Township, came forward and relayed the following concerns on behalf of residents in favor of the de-annexation.

·         Some of the residents do not want to live in a historic home and desire modern conveniences.

·         Some residents are disappointed in the Historic District Commission and feel the Board has placed impositions on them.  He said some board members have made improvements to their own homes without going through their own process.

·         He said four people from their area previously applied for Board positions that were slated to expire last December.  He said none of their applications were considered and that the current positions at that time were renewed. 

·         Some residents feel they have been shut out and have not been represented.  Mr. Weibling cited an example saying many of the residents from their area were excited about the Kansas Street improvements but later found the project was “gutted of its funding”.  He said some residents who were opposed to the project had gone before City Council and convinced them that their opposition was shared by everyone.

·         He said there isn’t a shred of history preserved in their area.  He said a lot of things used to be in a lot of places but once it’s gone, it’s gone.  He said they believe in preserving history where there is history.

·         Mr. Weibling said he feels he has tried to work with the Board but doesn’t feel they have tried to work with him.     He said he submitted proposed elevations and would have worked with the Board on them but the elevations were denied and he was left hanging.

·         He said that through the trail of e-mails it seems some members on the Board did not want a subdivision in their neighborhood from the beginning.  He said had he and his partners known this at the beginning, he would have moved on elsewhere.  He said there was so much confusion then and it was not communicated to them that the Board did not want the traffic back there until after the property was purchased and at the stage of final plat.  He said he wished he could back it up but that he can’t. 

·         Responding to Mr. Ruhl’s question about the reason for the de-annexation, Mr. Weibling said there has been a lot of hurt in their area and they hold the Commission responsible for that hurt.  

The following Residents also provided comments both for and against the de-annexation. 

Ronald Richards - Against

Katie Benoit - Against

J’Nean Henderson - Against

Danny Sesher - Against

Richard Davis - Against

Dave Hake - Against

Trey Schoellkoph - For

Mr. Allender advised that he would forward all comments received to City Council then explained the de-annexation approval process.

 

V.        Adjournment

 

Mr. Guglielmo adjourned the meeting at 8:00 p.m.

 

 

___________________________________              ______________________________

Wes Morrison                                                             Peter Guglielmo

Senior Planner                                                             Chair, Historic District Commission           

 

Date minutes approved: ___________________