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Historic District Commission

Regular Meeting

October 18, 2012

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.     September 20, 2012

 

III.             Discussion Items

A.  Receive an update from staff regarding the reconfiguration of the parking lot at Fire Station #1, located at 116 Michigan Avenue, League City, Texas.

B.   Discussion of overall vision for the District, possible expansion opportunities, and future designation of landmarks.

 

IV.              Public Hearing & Action Items from Public Hearings

A. Conduct a public hearing and make a recommendation to City Council regarding a request for de-annexation of land being approximately 17,660 square feet in size and legally described as Abstract 3 Page 7 Lots 7, 8 & 9 Block 45 of the League City Townsite, with approximate addresses being 802, 804, & 806 Coryell Street in League City, Texas.

B.   Conduct a public hearing and make recommendation to City Council regarding a request for de-annexation of land being approximately 17,685 square feet in size and legally described as Abstract 3 Page 7 Lots 1-3 Block 45 of the League City Townsite, with approximate address of 525 N. Iowa Avenue in League City, Texas.

C.  Conduct a public hearing and make a recommendation to City Council regarding a request for de-annexation of land being approximately 0.33 acres in size and legally described as Abstract 3 Page 15 Tract 10 of the S.F. Austin Survey, with the approximate address of 603 E. Main Street.

 

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

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 12th DAY OF OCTOBER, 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.

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.

 

 

 

_______________________________

Wes Morrison, City Planner

 

 

MINUTES

CITY OF LEAGUE CITY

HISTORIC DISTRICT COMMISSION

REGULAR MEETING

Thursday October 18, 2012 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 6:09p.m.

 

Members present:                                                       *Members absent:

Peter Guglielmo                                                             David Hoffman (Ex-Officio Architect)

Fay Dudney                                                                   Darryel Picou

Marie Sesher                                                                  Madeline Hall

Elizabeth Schroeder

Dennis Ruhl    

 

City Representatives:

Tony Allender, Director of Planning & Development

Wes Morrison, City Planner

Joanna Sharp Dawson, Council Liaison

           

II.        Approval of Minutes

B.     September 20, 2012

 

Ms. Sesher made a motion to approve the minutes of September 20, 2012.

Ms. Dudney seconded the motion.

The motion passed unanimously with a vote of 4-0-1(Schroeder Abstained).

 

Chairman Guglielmo requested that the public hearing items be moved to the front of the agenda, the rest of the Commission agreed.

 

IV.       Public Hearing & Action Items from Public Hearings

A. Conduct a public hearing and make a recommendation to City Council regarding a request for de-annexation of land being approximately 17,660 square feet in size and legally described as Abstract 3 Page 7 Lots 7, 8 & 9 Block 45 of the League City Townsite, with approximate addresses being 802, 804, & 806 Coryell Street in League City, Texas.

 

Mr. Morrison presented the staff report and reminded the Commission this was a public hearing.

 

Chairman Guglielmo asked Ms. Dudney to provide a history on the property for the record.

 

The Chairman opened the public hearing.

 

Alvin & Linda Saenz of 806 Coryell Street addressed the Commission and laid out his reasons for requesting to be removed from the District.  Summarized as follows:

            1. Home was built in 1994 and has no historic value.

            2. Code Enforcement in the area has declined.

3. District has done little to promote the area or assist in the improvement to existing infrastructure.

4. The Commission has interfered with making improvements to the property.

The Chairman pointed out to Mr. & Ms. Saenz that the Commission has never voted for or against any public infrastructure improvements and that the Commission has never denied any Certificate of Appropriateness for the 806 Coryell property. 

Brent Fournet of 804 & 802 Coryell Street addressed the Commission and laid out his reasons for requesting to be removed from the District.  Summarized as follows:

1. Believes the Commission has slowed down infrastructure improvements to the area.

2. Does not see a benefit to adding another layer of government oversight to the area now that the Residential Neighborhood Overlay regulations have been approved that controls a lot of what the Commission was suppose to oversee.

The Commission informed the petitioners that they had no control over code enforcement in the area nor had they ever taken a vote on any proposed infrastructure improvements.

David Hake of 820 3rd Street spoke and stated that after hearing the petitioners reasons for requesting the de-annexation it is clear that everyone has the same goals and would like for the properties to stay in the District and continue to work together.

 

Commissioner Schroeder moved to recommend denial of the request, seconded by Commissioner Dudney, motion passes 5-0-0.

 

B.   Conduct a public hearing and make recommendation to City Council regarding a request for de-annexation of land being approximately 17,685 square feet in size and legally described as Abstract 3 Page 7 Lots 1-3 Block 45 of the League City Townsite, with approximate address of 525 N. Iowa Avenue in League City, Texas.

 

Mr. Morrison presented the staff report and reminded the Commission this was a public hearing.

 

The Chairman opened the public hearing.

 

      Trey Schelkoff addressed the Commission and asked that they honor the applicants request to be removed from the District.

 

      Katie Hake of 820 3rd Street addressed the Commission and voiced concern that the neighborhood needs to work together and make decisions as a group.

      David Hake of 820 3rd Street addressed the Commission and reminded the Commission that City Council asked that specific language be drafted to address how to formally handle de-annexation request. 

 

      The Chairman asked staff to explain why these de-annexation applications were coming forward before the ordinance amendments were adopted by City Council.  Staff stated that once applications are applied, they must follow the rules set in place at the time the application was filed.  Therefore it did not matter what the new rules would require, because these applications were filed in July and August of this year.

 

      Commissioner Schroeder moved to recommend denial of the request and requested City Council to issue a moratorium on future de-annexation request until ordinance updates are adopted by City Council outlining a formal process for de-annexations, seconded by Commissioner Ruhl, motion passes 5-0-0.

 

C.  Conduct a public hearing and make a recommendation to City Council regarding a request for de-annexation of land being approximately 0.33 acres in size and legally described as Abstract 3 Page 15 Tract 10 of the S.F. Austin Survey, with the approximate address of 603 E. Main Street.

 

Mr. Morrison presented the staff report and reminded the Commission this was a public hearing.

 

The Chairman opened the public hearing.

 

Mark Edelman of 603 E. Main Street requested the Commission approve his request to be removed from the district.  He stated his property is on the outskirts of the district and has no historical significance. 

 

Brent Fournet of 802 Coryell Street asked the Commission to consider why people were requesting to be removed from the District and to honor those request.

 

Commissioner Dudney stated that 603 E. Main was the original location of the Butler Ranch founded in 1854 and that it was a historic part of League City?s heritage.

 

Commissioner Schroeder moved to recommend denial of the request, seconded by Commissioner Dudney, motion passes 5-0-0.

 

III.       Discussion Items

A. Receive an update from staff regarding the reconfiguration of the parking lot at Fire Station #1, located at 116 Michigan Avenue, League City, Texas.

      Mr. Morrison briefed the Commission on the plans for improvements for the on-street parking along 2nd Street. 

      The Commission asked if they would be able to see plans once the Engineering Department has drafted them.  Staff informed them they would forward those plans to the Commission once they were ready.  No action was taken.

 

B.   Discussion of overall vision for the District, possible expansion opportunities, and future designation of landmarks.

The Commission discussed future plans and a long range vision for the District.  Mr. Allender discussed future plans for Main Street how the Commission?s vision could influence future plans. No action was taken.

 

IV.       Commissioner Comments

 

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

 

V.        Staff Comments

 

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

 

            Reminded Commissioners of Re-Appointments that were due.

            Updated Commissioners the 319H (Texas Seacoast) Grant.   

 

VI.       Adjournment

 

Mr. Guglielmo adjourned the meeting at 7:50 p.m.

 

 

 

___________________________________              ______________________________

Wes Morrison                                                             Peter Guglielmo

City Planner                                                                           Chair, Historic District Commission

 

 

 

Date minutes approved: ___________________