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Planning & Zoning Commission and Historic District Commission

Special Joint Session Agenda

March 19, 2012

6:00 PM

Council Chambers, 200 West Walker Street

I.       Call to Order and Roll Call of Members

II.                Tabled and Subject to Recall

A.      Discuss proposed amendments to the Planning and Zoning Commission Bylaws.

 

III.             Old Business

A.      Hold a joint discussion with the Historic District Commission regarding a proposed amendment to Section 125.81 of the Zoning Ordinance which establishes the land use regulations for the Residential Neighborhood Conservation Overlay District.

 

B.      Take action regarding a proposed amendment to Section 125.81 of the Zoning Ordinance which establishes the land use regulations for the Residential Neighborhood Conservation Overlay District.

 

IV.              Staff Comments

 

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, ON OR BEFORE THE 16th DAY OF MARCH 2012, 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.

 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE PRESENCE OF A QUORUM OF THE MEMBERS OF CITY COUNCIL AT ANY TIME DURING THE COURSE OF THE ABOVE-REFERENCED PROCEEDING MAY CONSTITUTE A MEETING OF CITY COUNCIL PURSUANT TO THE TEXAS OPEN MEETINGS ACT, CHAPTER 551 OF THE TEXAS GOVERNMENT CODE.  BY THIS NOTICE, THE PUBLIC IS HEREBY ADVISED OF SAID MEETING NOT LESS THAN 72 HOURS IN ADVANCE OF THE DATE, TIME AND LOCATION NOTED ABOVE.

 

 

 

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Wes Morrison, City Planner

 

            

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Call to order and Roll call of members of Planning & Zoning Commission

 

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

 

Members present:                                                                  Members absent:

Douglas Turner                                                                                   

Scott Landon                                                                          

William Koonce

Shane Hamilton

Kirby McKillip

Eric Froeschner

Christopher Hullman, Chair

Jack Owens

                                                                                   

City Representatives:

Tony Allender, Director of Planning & Research

Wes Morrison, City Planner

Naina Magon, Long Range Planning Specialist

Regina Grice, Recording Secretary                 

 

Mr. Owens made a motion to discuss agenda items IIIA. And IIIB. prior to discussing agenda item IIA.

Mr. Turner seconded the motion.

The motion was adopted by a vote of 8-0-0.

VI.              Old Business

C.      Hold a joint discussion with the Historic District Commission regarding a proposed amendment to Section 125.81 of the Zoning Ordinance which establishes the land use regulations for the Residential Neighborhood Conservation Overlay District.

 

Tony Allender, Director of Planning & Research provided an overview of the proposed amendments to Section 125.81 of the Zoning Ordinance which establishes the land use regulations for the Residential Neighborhood Conservation Overlay District.

 

A discussion was held.

Historic District Commissioner, Elizabeth Schroeder asked about the special use permit procedures for developing an eating and drinking establishment.

 

In response to Ms. Schroeder’s question Wes Morrison, City Planner discussed five additional considerations for the RNC Overlay District including requiring a special use permit for eating and drinking establishments.

 

Mr. Morrison stated that Planning & Zoning commissioners may address eating and drinking establishments in the following ways:

 

·         Amend the use table to require special use permits for eating and drinking establishments and remove the limitation.

 

·         Require a special use permit and keep the maximum size limitation.

 

·         Lower the square footage of eating and drinking establishments in the district.

 

Mr. Allender suggested that the commission require a special use permit without any limitations.

 

Historic District Commissioner, Marie Sesher asked if convenience stores should be permitted in the RNC zoning district.

 

Mr. Morrison in response stated that this use is currently permitted in the current RNC ordinance therefore staff did not remove the use from the current use table.

 

Ms. Sesher stated that the Historic District Commission would not receive notifications for special use permit applications that have been submitted to the City.

 

Mr. Hullman in response stated that anyone lying outside of the 500 foot notification buffer would not be affected by a special use permit application if submitted.    

 

Mr. Allender also stated that if the commissioners are suggesting expanding the notification area to be greater than 500 feet then it should be expanded throughout the city and not limited to the Historic District.  

 

Mr. Hullman further stated that the city’s notification requirements are greater than the state requirements.

 

Mr. Hullman asked the commissioners if they preferred square footage limitations or a special use permit.

 

The majority of the commissioners were in favor of square footage limitations.

 

 

D.            Take action regarding a proposed amendment to Section 125.81 of the Zoning Ordinance which establishes the land use regulations for the Residential Neighborhood Conservation Overlay District.

 

Mr. Hullman made a motion to approve the proposed amendment to Section 125.81 of the Zoning Ordinance which establishes the land use regulations for the Residential Neighborhood Conservation Overlay District subject to the five additional considerations that were received by staff excluding the special use permit requirements identified in item 4:

 

1.) Staff is aware that some terms within the proposed RNC Draft will need to be defined.  In keeping with the current zoning ordinance format, all terms within the Zoning Ordinance are defined in Article V.  Staff has started compiling these terms and will be bringing an amendment to the Planning & Zoning Commission and City Council for adoption of additional definitions. 

2.) With regards to Schedule 125.81.H: A note should be added that transparency requirement will apply to the portion of the structure that is below the top plate of the roof line.

3.) Section 125.81.H(d)(2) should be amended to say buildings that have a greater width along the front façade and not “buildings that are larger than the average…”

4.) With regards to the use table, in order to strike a compromise with residents and property owners, staff is proposing to amend the use chart for “Eating and Drinking Establishments” currently it’s proposed that these uses will be allowed by right with a limitation of maximum 3,000 square feet.  Staff has proposing to amend that to allow with an approved Specific Use Permit.  In addition, Food & Beverage (Convenience Stores) uses should be limited to 1500 square feet.   The neighborhood has also expressed concern with multi-family uses above commercial allowed by right, their request is that all multi-family uses require an approved Specific Use Permit.

5.) Allow front porches to encroach the front yard setback by 6 feet. 

 

Mr. McKillip seconded the motion.

 

The motion was adopted by a vote of 6-2-1.

 

Mr. Hamilton and Mr. Landon were in opposition of the motion.

 

Mr. Froeschner abstained from voting citing a conflict of interest.

 

V.           Adjournment

 

 Mr. Hullman adjourned the meeting at 8:15 p.m.

 

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Wes Morrison                                                            Chris Hullman

City Planner                                                               Chairman

 

Date minutes approved: ___________________