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Planning & Zoning Commission

Regular Session Agenda

February 16, 2015

6:00 PM

Council Chambers, 200 W. Walker Street

 

I.                   Call to Order and Roll Call of Members

 

II.                Approval of Minutes

A.                 February 02, 2015

 

III.             Consent Agenda

A.                 Consider and take action on a Preliminary/Final Plat – Hidden Lakes Retail 1, generally located along the south side of East League City Parkway (SH 96), west of South Shore Boulevard.

 

IV.              Public Hearing and Action Items from Public Hearing

A.                 Hold a public hearing and take action on Zoning Amendment – Group Residential Facilities, an amendment to Chapter 125 of the Code of Ordinances related to the regulation of group residential facilities.

B.                 Hold a public hearing and take action on Zoning Amendment – Average Setback, an amendment to Chapter 125 of the Code of Ordinances related to the allowance of an average setback in developed blocks.

C.                 Hold a public hearing and take action on a Special Use Permit – SUP 15-01 (T&DGK Enterprises), to allow for a warehouse use [office/warehouse building] on approximately 0.996 acres on property zoned “CO” (Office Commercial), legally described as Abstract 3, Lot 1 of the Ghirardi #3 Subdivision, generally located at the northeast corner of Beaumont Street and Dickinson Avenue, with the approximate address being 601 Beaumont Street in League City, TX.

V.                 New Business

A.                 Consider and take action on a Master / Site Development Plan – University Federal Credit Union (FCU), generally located north of Victory Lakes Drive, east of the I-45 frontage road and west and south of Town Center Drive with the approximate address of 2500 South Gulf Freeway.

VI.              Other Business

A.                 Consider and discuss possible ordinance revisions to Chapters 42 and 125 of the League City Code of Ordinances related to Oil and gas exploration: Drilling. 

VII.           Staff Comments

A.                 January Monthly Report

 

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, ON OR BEFORE THE 13th DAY OF FEBURARY 2015, 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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Richard Werbiskis, AICP

City Planner

 

MINUTES

CITY OF LEAGUE CITY

PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION

Monday, February 16, 2015 at 6:00 P.M.

COUNCIL CHAMBERS

200 W WALKER ST.

  

I.                   Call to order and Roll Call of members of Planning & Zoning Commission

 

Eric Froeschner called the meeting to order at 6:00 PM.

 

Members Present:

Members Absent:

Eric Froeschner

 

Marc Edelman

 

 

Doug Turner

Kimberlee Prokhorov

 

Ron Wicker

 

Hank Dugie

 

 

James Brockway

Shane Hamilton

 

 

City Representatives:

Paul Menzies, Director of Planning and Development

Richard Werbiskis, City Planner

Mark Linenschmidt, Senior Planner

Ryan Granata, Senior Planner

Kris Carpenter, Planner

 

 II.       Approval of Minutes

A.                 February 02, 2015

 

Hank Dugie motioned to approve the minutes of February 02, 2015.

Kimberlee Prokhorov seconded the motion.

Motion passed 6-0-0.

 

III.       Consent Agenda

A.                 Consider and take action on a Preliminary/Final Plat – Hidden Lakes Retail 1, generally located along the south side of East League City Parkway (SH 96), west of South Shore Boulevard.

 

Kris Carpenter was available for comment for the City of League City.

 

Marc Edelman motioned to approve the consent agenda.

Ron Wicker seconded the motion.

Motion passed 6-0-0.

 

IV.       Public Hearing and Action Items from Public Hearing

A.                 Hold a public hearing and take action on Zoning Amendment – Group Residential Facilities, an amendment to Chapter 125 of the Code of Ordinances related to the regulation of group residential facilities.

Ryan Granata presented for the City of League City.

State and federal laws do give some opportunity to regulate uses, but there are limitations. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects the use of residential structures that are classified as disabled group dwellings.  Homeless shelters and half way houses are not protected by ADA.  Also, emergency shelters (ex: violence shelters), are being recommended to be allowed in multi-family and commercial zones by right.

 

Marc Edelman voiced concerns with methadone centers for heroin addicts in residential areas. Also, Marc Edelman wants to make sure that homeless shelters are not being used for human trafficking.

A discussion was held.

 

Richard Werbiskis spoke for the City of League City regarding zoning issues, restricting areas where specific types of group homes will be allowable, and addressing concerns of the commission.

 

Ron Wicker commended the City’s work on this Zoning Amendment. 

Richard Werbiskis commented that Ryan Granata did the majority of the work on this Zoning Amendment.

 

Eric Froeschner opened the public hearing at 6:17PM.

There were no speakers for the public hearing.

Eric Froeschner closed the public hearing at 6:18 PM.

 

Marc Edelman moved to approve Zoning Amendment – Group Residential Facilities.

Kimberlee Prokhorov seconded the motion.

Motion passed 6-0-0.

 

B.                 Hold a public hearing and take action on Zoning Amendment – Average Setback, an amendment to Chapter 125 of the Code of Ordinances related to the allowance of an average setback in developed blocks.

Ryan Granata presented for the City of League City.

This ordinance would add a new section to the ordinance that would allow for average setbacks on developed lots. Calculation would be determined by the average of improved lots on the blocks, using structures on the same side of the street, not to exceed 250 feet.

 

A discussion was held.

 

Eric Froeschner opened up the public hearing at 6:30 PM.

There were no speakers for the public hearing.

Eric Froeschner closed the public hearing at 6:30 PM.

 

It was noted by two commissioners that the current ordinance allows for variances to be issued for cases similar to what the ordinance is proposing and that the ordinance may be allowing new construction with unintended detrimental impacts.

 

Shane Hamilton motioned to approve Zoning Amendment – Average Setback.

Hank Dugie seconded the motion.

Motion passed 4-2-0.

 

C.                 Hold a public hearing and take action on a Special Use Permit – SUP 15-01 (T&DGK Enterprises), to allow for a warehouse use [office/warehouse building] on approximately 0.996 acres on property zoned “CO” (Office Commercial), legally described as Abstract 3, Lot 1 of the Ghirardi #3 Subdivision, generally located at the northeast corner of Beaumont Street and Dickinson Avenue, with the approximate address being 601 Beaumont Street in League City, TX.

Ryan Granata presented for the City of League City.

 

A discussion was held.

 

Eric Froeschner opened the public hearing at 6:46 PM.

There were no speakers for the public hearing.

Eric Froeschner closed the public hearing at 6:47 PM.

 

Concerns were raised by commissioners with respect to the architectural design of the building and how they wanted to see more natural looking materials as opposed to metal, increased commercial vehicle traffic along Beaumont Street and mitigating potential impacts to abutting residential uses by increasing the amount of landscaping.

 

Marc Edelman motioned to table Special Use Permit – SUP 15-01 (T&DGK Enterprises).

Shane Hamilton seconded the motion to table.

Motion passed 6-0-0.

 

V.        New Business

A.                 Consider and take action on a Master / Site Development Plan – University Federal Credit Union (FCU), generally located north of Victory Lakes Drive, east of the I-45 frontage road and west and south of Town Center Drive with the approximate address of 2500 South Gulf Freeway.

Mark Linenschmidt presented for the City of League City.

December 14, 2014 commission approved the plat.

This application does meet the requirements for development.

 

A discussion was held.

 

Michael Graham’s – superintendent for the project – addressed the commission. This is their first time developing a site in League City. 

 

Marc Edelman motioned to approve Master / Site Development Plan – University Federal Credit Union (FCU).

Shane Hamilton seconded the motion.

Motion passed 6-0-0.

 

VI.       Other Business

A.                 Consider and discuss possible ordinance revisions to Chapters 42 and 125 of the League City Code of Ordinances related to Oil and gas exploration: Drilling. 

Mark Linenschmidt presented for the City of League City.

The purpose of the revisions is to make it a more current, living document that pairs with the industry standard.

 

A discussion was held regarding setback requirements, and safety.  Commission voiced that there were several previous conversations that developed the current City regulations.

The new proposal says that the setback would be 350 feet from the nearest hazardous area.

 

Commission voiced concern about decreasing the setback requirements.

A discussion was held.

 

Commission also wants to make sure that insurance requirements are enough to protect the surrounding properties.

 

Also, the City is looking into escrow funds to expedite the SUP and permit process.

 

Chip Merrick addressed the commission regarding concerns on financial responsibilities, noise mitigation and response times to emergency situations. 

 

VII.      Staff Comments

A.                 January Monthly Report

 

VIII.    Adjournment

Eric Froeschner adjourned the meeting at 7:32 PM.

 

 

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 13th DAY OF FEBRUARY 2015, 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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Richard Werbiskis, AICP                              Eric Froeschner

City Planner                                                   Chairman