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Historic District Commission

Regular Meeting

September 18, 2014

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.                August 6, 2014

 

III.             Public Hearing & Action Items

 

A.                HDC 14-09Hold a public hearing and take action on a request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to demolish a residence located at 616 4th Street, located on the north side of 4th Street between Colorado Avenue and Michigan Avenue.

 

IV.             New Business

 

A.                Consider and make a recommendation to City Council on an application for Certified Local Government status.

 

B.                 Consider and take action on a Statement of Goals and Objectives for inclusion with the Certified Local Government Application.

 

C.                 Hold a discussion regarding the proposed Historic District Design Guidelines document.

 

V.                Other Business

 

A.                Hold a discussion regarding stormwater runoff and parking in the Historic District.

 

VI.             Commissioners? Comments

 

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

 

VII.          Staff Comments

 

A.                Hold a discussion regarding current vacancies on the Historic District Commission.

 

VIII.       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 15th DAY OF SEPTEMBER 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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Richard Werbiskis, City Planner

 

MINUTES

CITY OF LEAGUE CITY

HISTORIC DISTRICT COMMISSION

REGULAR MEETING

Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 6:00 P.M.

City Council Chambers

200 West Walker Street

 

I.                   Call to Order and Roll Call of Members

Chairman Guglielmo called the meeting to order at 6:05 pm.

 

Members present:

Members absent:

Peter Guglielmo

Michael Hendershot, Ex-Officio

Elizabeth Schroeder

 

Fay Dudney

 

Steph McDougal

 

Dick Calkins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

City Representatives:

Rick Werbiskis, City Planner

Wallis McMillin, Planner

Joanna Dawson, Council Ad Hoc

                                                                                                                  

II.                Approval of Minutes

A.     August 6, 2014

Commissioner Calkins made a motion to approve the minutes, Commissioner McDougal seconded, motion passed 5-0-0.

 

III.             Public Hearings & Action Items

A.                 HDC 14-09 Hold a public hearing and take action on a request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to demolish a residence located at 616 4th Street, located on the north side of 4th Street between Colorado Avenue and Michigan Avenue.

 

Ms. McMillin presented the staff report.  She explained that the applicant has requested a Certificate of Appropriateness to demolish the residence in order to construct a new single family home.  In the event that the request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to demolish the house is approved, the applicant would need to return to the Commission to request an additional Certificate of Appropriateness for the new construction. 

 

The applicant, Steven Pretzsch, stated that the home has been in his family since the 1960s.  He further stated that the home has been deteriorating since that time.  He also stated that he hopes to be able to demolish the residence one year from now.

 

Commissioner McDougal stated that she is not necessarily opposed to the demolition of the property.  She further stated that additional documentation of the damage to the property would be necessary to make the claim that restoration or repair is not feasible.  She also stated that she is uncomfortable making a determination about the appropriateness of demolition without additional photographic documentation of the damage and the estimated cost of restoration and repair. 

Ms. McMillin noted that according to the League City Zoning Ordinance:

 

?For demolition or removal, the applicant must prove a preponderance of the following factors:

1.                  neither restoration nor repair is feasible, taking into account the condition of the building;

2.                  the cost of restoration or repair is unreasonable;

3.                  the building has little or no existing or potential usefulness, including economic usefulness;

4.                  the building is not important for maintaining the character of the district or for achieving the historic preservation purposes of this Ordinance.?

 

Commissioner McDougal stated that the home represents a Minimal Traditional style of architecture.  She further noted that there are quite a number of Minimal Traditional homes in League City and that, in her professional opinion, the loss of this structure would not necessarily be detrimental to the character of the Historic District.

 

Commissioner Guglielmo opened the public hearing at 6:20 pm.

Gwen Thompson of 612 4th Street stated that she posed no objection to the demolition of the home.  She further stated that she is pleased to see that the family is living in the home.  

A discussion was held by the Commission regarding whether sufficient information was provided by the applicant to make a determination regarding the appropriateness of demolition.  Commissioner McDougal expressed that she would like to see additional photographic documentation showing the current condition of the property. 

Mr. Werbiskis suggested that the Commission delay making a determination on the application by one month in order to give the applicant time to submit additional photographs. 

Commissioner Guglielmo closed the public hearing at 6:45 pm.

 

Commissioner McDougal made a motion to table the request for a Certificate of Appropriateness for demolition for one month pending the receipt of additional photographic documentation substantiating the condition of the building.

Commissioner Schroeder seconded, motion passed 5-0-0.

IV.             New Business

 

A.    Consider and make a recommendation to City Council on an application for Certified Local Government status.

Ms. McMillin stated that a recommendation from the Historic District Commission is required in order for City Council to vote on the application for Certified Local Government status.

 

Commissioner Dudney made a motion to recommend the application for Certified Local Government Status to City Council.

Commissioner Schroeder seconded, recommendation passed 5-0-0.

B.     Consider and take action on a Statement of Goals and Objectives for inclusion with the Certified Local Government Application.

Ms. McMillin stated that a Statement of Goals and Objectives is required as part of the application for Certified Local Government Status.  She outlined the goals and objectives that were established by the Commission during the workshop in in March.

 

A discussion was held regarding the possibility of implementing an administrative Certificate of Appropriateness process.

 

Commissioner McDougal made a motion to approve the list of Goals and Objectives for inclusion with the Certified Local Government application.

Commissioner Calkins seconded, motion passed 5-0-0.

C.     Hold a discussion regarding the proposed Historic District Design Guidelines document.

Commissioner Guglielmo stated that this agenda item should be a workshop item.  The Commission agreed that a workshop should be held at a later date to discuss the proposed Design Guidelines.

 

V.                Other Business

 

A.                Hold a discussion regarding stormwater runoff and parking in the Historic District.

Commissioner Schroeder suggested that this item be part of the proposed workshop.  Commissioner Dudney proposed that it be a separate workshop, and Commissioner McDougal agreed.

 

Commissioner Guglielmo stated that he personally feels that issues related to parking and ditches should be regulated under the proposed Design Guidelines. 

 

Mr. Werbiskis stated that under the current Zoning Ordinance, the Historic District Commission does not have purview over issues related to parking or stormwater runoff.  Drainage is reviewed internally by the Department of Engineering.  He further recommended that stormwater runoff be covered during a workshop at a later date.

 

Commissioner McDougal stated that she is very concerned about the Historic District Commission taking on a role that is better suited for the Department of Public Works and the Engineering Department.  She further stated that the purview of the Historic District Commission has to do with protecting and managing the designated historic resources in League City. 

 

Commissioner Calkins stated that that the mission to protect historic buildings cannot be accomplished without controlling the stormwater runoff. 

 

Commissioner McDougal stated that she doesn?t dispute the stormwater runoff issues in the Historic District, but she disagrees with expanding the definition of ?structure? to include ditches. 

 

Commissioner Guglielmo stated that he would like the Commission to have a say in the design of stormwater management in the Historic District.  Commissioner McDougal recommended that Commissioner Guglielmo take the issue up as a private citizen, rather than expanding the purview of the Commission. 

 

Mr. Werbiskis stated that the Planning Department is in the process of revising the parking ordinance.  He also recommended that standards for stormwater management be incorporated into the new parking ordinance rather than adding an additional level of review.

 

Commissioner Schroeder expressed frustration regarding the expense of the drainage study, which has not been implemented.

 

VI.             Commissioners? Comments

 

Commissioner Dudney stated that the League City Garden Club will be hosting a Garden Tour.

 

VII.          Staff Comments

 

A.    Hold a discussion regarding current vacancies on the Historic District Commission.

Ms. McMillin stated that there are currently two vacancies on the Commission, and recommended that anyone interested in serving on the Commission apply via the City?s website.

 

VIII.       Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 7:29 pm.

 

 

 

_______________________________________                  ______________________________

Mr. Richard Werbiskis                                                          Mr. Peter Guglielmo

City Planner                                                                          Chair, Historic District Commission 

 

Date minutes approved: ___________________