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Historic District Commission

Regular Meeting

November 15, 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.     October 18, 2012

 

III.             Public Hearing & Action Items from Public Hearings

A.  Conduct a public hearing and act on a request for a certificate of appropriateness for HDC12-09 (306 3rd Street), regarding construction of a storage unit for a Water Plant zoned ?PS? (Public and Semi-Public District with a Residential Neighborhood Conservation Overlay), and located on the northwest corner of 3rd Street and Railroad Avenue with the address of 306 3rd Street.

B.   Conduct a public hearing and act on a request for a certificate of appropriateness for HDC12-08 (117 N. Kansas Avenue) regarding construction of a storage unit for a single-family dwelling zoned ?RSF-7-RNC? (Single Family Residential with a Residential Neighborhood Conservation Overlay), and located on the southwest corner of 2nd Street and N. Kansas Avenue with the address of 117 N. Kansas Avenue.

 

IV.              Discussion Items

A. Discuss and provide comment on the review of applicable codes and regulations for the Historic District.  

 

V.                 Other Business

A. Consider approval of the 2013 Historic District Meeting Calendar.

 

VI.              Commissioner Comments

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

 

VII.           Staff Comments

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

A. Administrative approval of a Temporary Use for seasonal sales at the northeast corner of Kansas Avenue and E. Main Street, commonly known as 804 Kansas Avenue.

 

VIII.        Adjournment

CERTIFICATE

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_______________________________

Wes Morrison, City Planner

 

 

MINUTES

CITY OF LEAGUE CITY

HISTORIC DISTRICT COMMISSION

REGULAR MEETING

Thursday November 15, 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 6:04p.m.

 

Members present:                                                       *Members absent:

Peter Guglielmo                                                             David Hoffman (Ex-Officio Architect)

Fay Dudney                                                                   Marie Sesher

Elizabeth Schroeder                                                     Madeline Hall

Dennis Ruhl    

Darryel Picou

 

City Representatives:

Wes Morrison, City Planner

Joey Kaspar, Planner

Karl Almgren, Planner

           

II.        Approval of Minutes

B.     October 18th, 2012

 

Mr. Guglielmo requested that a note be amended regarding the Historic District Commission impeding residents from repairing their homes.  He stated that he was paraphrasing and wasn?t sure what the exact note was referencing.  Mr. Guglielmo requested the minutes better reflect that the commissioners have not prevented residents within the district from repairing their homes.

Commissioner Dudney moved to table to allow staff time to incorporate Chairman Guglielmo?s request, seconded by Commissioner Ruhl, motion passed unanimously with a vote of 4-0-1 (Picou Abstained).

 

 

IV.       Public Hearing & Action Items from Public Hearings

A. Conduct a public hearing and act on a request for a certificate of appropriateness for HDC-09 (306 3rd Street), regarding construction of a storage unit for a Water Plant zoned ?PS? (Public and Semi-Public District with a Residential Neighborhood Conservation Overlay), and located on the northwest corner of 3rd Street and Railroad Avenue with the address of 306 3rd Street.  

 

Ms. Kaspar presented the staff report and reminded the Commission this was a public hearing.

 

Commissioiner Picou expressed his disappointment in the City proposing a building that was low quality and unattractive so close to a resident?s home.  He then asked for confirmation regarding the material of the building as hardi-plank and if the building as prefabricated.

 

Ms. Kaspar confirmed that material was hardi-plank and that hardi-plank is allowed but the Historic District Design Guidelines.

 

Commissioner Ruhl stated his strong concerns for the poor quality of the building and the rate at which it would become an eye-sore in the neighborhood.

 

The Chairman opened the public hearing at 6:09pm.

 

Katie Benoit Hake of 820 3rd Street addressed the Commission and wanted to Commission and Staff to address 2 questions:

1. How was the shed part of the improvements to League Park as a part of the Main Street Implementation Plan?

2. She though the water tower was being decommissioned and wanted to know why additional storage was being requested.

Mr. Morrison stated the shed was not part of the park or the Main Street Implementation plan.  He also stated he not knowledge regarding the status of the water tank

Public Hearing for this item was closed at 6:12pm.

Commissioner Picou wanted to define on what grounds they could deny shed.  He stated because the shed did not match in material or style to the existing building on site, and that the structure did not possess the appropriate character for the neighborhood.  Mr. Morrison stated that the Commission could

Commissioner Ruhl moved to deny to the request seconded by Commissioner Picou, motion passes 5-0-0.

 

B.   Conduct a public hearing and act on a request for a certificate of appropriateness for HDC-08 (117 N. Kansas Avenue) regarding construction of a storage unit for a single-family dwelling zoned ?RSF-7-RNC? (Single Family Residential with a Residential Neighborhood Conservation Overlay), and located on the southwest corner of 2nd Street and N. Kansas Avenue with the address of 117 N. Kansas Avenue.

 

Mr. Almgren presented the staff report and clarified the location and site layout of the proposed shed at the Commission?s request.

 

The Chairman opened the public hearing at 6:17pm.

 

      Dan Breuer of 117 North Kansas Street addressed questions from the Commissioners regarding the appearance.  He stated that the shed will be painted to match the home, there would be one door on the broad side of the shed with a window on either side and in answer to a question from Commissioner Picou stated that the siding would be horizontal.  The applicant also mentioned that he would landscape around the shed.

 

Commissioners requested the stipulation of additional landscaping around the shed go in at the time of the installment of the shed.  The landscaping should provide screening from street. Screening the shed from the allow is alley is not required

 

Commissioner Dudney asked if any of the sheds would be removed. Mr. Breuer stated there is no existing shed in the proposed location, and nothing would be removed.

 

Commissioner Picou moved approve the request with the condition that the shed be screened with a vegetative screen from public view at the time of building, seconded by Commissioner Schroeder motion passes 5-0-0.

 

III.       Discussion Items

A. Discuss and provide comment on the review of applicable codes and regulations for the Historic District. 

Mr. Dougherty (City Land Use Attorney) gave an overview of the multiple layers of guidelines, districts, and zoning over the historic district and explained several consolidation processes that could be taken to simplify the overlays.

Chairman Guglielmo requested some info or an example of a PDD so they could better understand how it functions.  He also wanted to know the pros and cons of simplifying or switching to one of the options discussed by Jim.

Mr. Morrison suggested that the Commission appoint one or two commissioners to act as liaisons to help draft an outline and goals for the document,

The Commission appointed Chairman Guglielmo to assist staff and Mr. Dougherty with the different options and report back to the Commission.

 

IX.              Other Business

A. Consider approval of the 2013 Historic District Meeting Calendar.

 

Commissioner Picou moved to approval, seconded by Commissioner Schroeder motion passes 5-0-0.

 

X.                 Commissioner Comments

Commissioner Dudney expressed her sadness regarding the picture that has been painted about the Historic District Commission, and that she and the other commissioners are nice people, not bullies, that enjoy history.

 

Chairman Guglielmo commented about a kayaking trip near the Historic District when he saw river otter, and proposed organizing a paddling regatta.

 

 

XI.              Staff Comments

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

 

A.  Mr. Morrison brought-up moving the December 20th Historic District Commission meeting to December 13th so as not to interfere with holiday plans. 

 

B.   Administrative approval of a Temporary Use for seasonal sales at the northeast corner of Kansas Avenue and E. Main Street, commonly known as 804 Kansas Avenue.

 

 

VI.       Adjournment

 

Mr. Guglielmo adjourned the meeting at 7:45 p.m.

 

 

 

___________________________________              ______________________________

Wes Morrison                                                             Mr. Peter Guglielmo

City Planner                                                                           Chair, Historic District Commission

 

 

 

Date minutes approved: ___________________