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Historic Commission

Regular Meeting

September 17, 2015

6:00 PM

City Council Chambers, 200 W. Walker Street

I.                   Call to Order and Roll Call of Members

 

II.                Other Business

A.     Consider and take action to elect a Vice-Chairperson for the Commission.

 

III.             Approval of Minutes

A.     August 20, 2015

 

IV.              New Business

A.     Consider and take action on HC 15-12, 812 E. Main St., and a request to replace an existing sign, located along the north side of East Main Street, east of Kansas Avenue with the address 812 East Main Street.

 

V.                 Public Hearing & Action Items

B.     Hold a public hearing and take action on HC 15-11, 616 4th St., a request to replace the fence in the rear of the property, located on the north side of 4th St., west of Colorado Ave. and east of Michigan Ave with an address of 616 4th St.

 

VI.              Commissioners’ Comments

  

VII.           Staff Comments

 

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 15h DAY OF June 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

HISTORIC COMMISSION

REGULAR MEETING

Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 6:00 P.M.

City Council Chambers

200 West Walker Street

I. Call to Order and Roll Call of Members of Historic Commission

Steph McDougal opened the meeting at 6:06 PM.

Fay Dudney made a motion to elect Steph Mcdougal as Temporary Chairperson

David Hake seconded the motion.

Members present:       Members absent:
Steph McDougal            Peter Guglielmo
Elizabeth Schroeder      Michael Hendershot, ex-officio.
David Hake    
Fay Dudney    
Dick Calkins   
Gary Walding                  

City Representatives:
Matthew Grooms, Planner
Casey Rohrich, Planner
Richard Werbiskis, Assistant Director of Planning and Zoning

I. Other Business
Consider and take action to elect a Vice-Chairperson for the Commission.

No Vice-Chairperson was elected at this time in the meeting.

II. Approval of Minutes

August 20, 2015

Staff removed approval of minutes from the agenda due to errors found in the minutes.

III. New Business

Consider and take action on HC 15-12, 812 E. Main St., and a request to replace an existing sign, located along the north side of East Main Street, east of Kansas Avenue with the address 812 East Main Street.

Casey Rohrich, Planner, presented for the City of League City.

The request is to replace the sign for the Sugar Street Bakery located at 812 E Main Street. Under the League City Historic District Design and Materials Guidelines, signs are required to be constructed of specific materials. The applicant is proposing to construct this sign out of wood, which is permitted under these guidelines. According to the Sign Ordinance, within the Historic District, the maximum allotted area for a sign is 50 square feet. In this request, two businesses, Kahuna Joes and Sugar Street Bakery will be sharing a single monument sign and in our review, staff determined that the proposed sign does meet the Sign Ordinance. For these reasons, staff recommends approval of this request.

The public hearing was opened at 6:10 PM.

The public hearing was closed at 6:10 PM.

Gary Walding made a motion to approve HC 15-12, 812 E Main St.

Elizabeth Schroeder seconded the motion

Mr. Calkins – Where will the sign be located?

Mr. Rohrich – The sign will be placed where the existing Kahuna Joes sign is located.

Ms. Schroeder – What will the sign look like? Will the sign include both business names?

Mr. Rohrich – The sign will include both names.

Ms. Schroeder – Do we have a drawing or rendering available?

Mr. Rohrich – Yes, I will pull it up.

Mr. Hake – Can you go over the 50 square foot calculation and how it is derived?

Mr. Rohrich – Under the ordinance, both parcels of land were taken into account when calculating their allowable signage.

Mr. Hake – What factors are used to determine the amount of signage permitted?

Mr. Rohrich – It is a 1:1 ration. One foot of street frontage will equate to one square foot of signage. In this example, the applicant has 50 feet of street frontage and is permitted a sign for 50 square feet.

Mr. Hake – I recall other projects that have come before this body, and I believe they had a different calculation.

Ms. McDougal – Are we looking at property frontage or building frontage when calculating for signage?

Mr. Werbiskis – One linear foot of property frontage equates to one square foot of allowable signage, up to a maximum of 50 square feet.

Ms. Dudney – Can you discuss the shape, size and material of the sign?

Mr. Rohrich – The shape, size and material of the sign are all permissible under the Sign Ordinance and the Design and Materials Guidelines.

Ms. McDougal – We do not have a copy of the permit available to us or the image that was shown during your presentation. Part of the confusion is that the image shown to us is apparently not what the actual sign will look like. Will the current Kahuna Joes sign be removed?

Mr. Rohrich – Yes it will be removed.

Mr. Rohrich pulls up the image of the sign permit on file.

Ms. McDougal – Thank you, this is very helpful and should help with our confusion.

Mr. Calkins – Will the sign be an acceptable distance from the street?

Mr. Rohrich – The sign will be placed outside of the Right-of-Way.

Mr. Hake – Is there proposed lighting for the sign?

Mr. Rohrich – No.

Mr. Hake – Why is the sign shop listed as the applicant?

Mr. Rohrich – The owner is listed on the permit, but the sign shop is actually the entity applying for the permit.

The motion passed 6-0-0

IV. Public Hearing & Action Items

Hold a public hearing and take action on HC 15-11, 616 4th St., a request to replace the fence in the rear of the property, located on the north side of 4th St., west of Colorado Ave. and east of Michigan Ave with an address of 616 4th St.

Casey Rohrich, Planner, presented for the City of League City

The proposed fence is to replace an existing chain-link fence at a residential property located at 616 4th Street. The proposed fence is designed to match the neighbor’s wooden fence and stand no taller than 7 feet in height. These materials and dimensions are in accordance with the Design and Materials Guidelines for the League City Historic District. Staff recommends approval of this request.

Mr. Hake – Was the picture shown an example of a fence in the area?

Mr. Rohrich – Yes, this is a picture of the neighbor’s fence. The applicant would like to match this design.

The public hearing was opened at 6:25 PM.

Gwen Thompson – 612 4th Street – I live next door to this property. Based on what the applicant has told me, I am in support of this new fence being erected.

The public hearing was closed at 6:26 PM.

David Hake made a motion to approve HC 15-11, 616 4th St.

Dick Calkins seconded the motion.

The motion passed 6-0-0

V. Other Business

Consider and take action to elect a Vice-Chairperson for the Commission.

Gary Walding nominated Steph McDougal as the Vice-Chairperson.

Fay Dudney nominated Elizabeth Schroeder as Vice-Chairperson.

Elizabeth Schroeder declined consideration as Vice-Chairperson

Gary Walding motioned to elect Steph McDougal as Vice-Chairperson of the Historic District Commission

David Hake seconded the motion.

Motion passed 6-0-0

VI. Commissioner Comments

Ms. Schroeder – Is Casey Rohrich the new staff liaison for the Commission?

Mr. Grooms – I am still the staff liaison for the Historic District Commission.

Mr. Hake – At the last meeting, we requested a copy of the presentation on state and local laws. We have not received this.

Mr. Grooms – These will be sent out tomorrow.

Mr. Hake – Could you also clarify why the minutes were withdrawn from this evening’s agenda?

Ms. McDougal – Matt sent out an email stating that errors had been found in the minutes and that they would need to be addressed. Consideration of those minutes will now be on next month’s agenda.

Mr. Werbiskis – The format of our minutes has changed considerably in the last year. Originally they were of limited detail and now they are nearly verbatim. We are working to provide minutes that will fall somewhere in the middle.

Mr. Calkins – I commend Steph on a job well-done as our Vice-Chairperson.

Mr. Walding – I still have not received a Commissioner Binder.

Ms. McDougal – Since our last meeting, I have been providing staff with a number of documents to help them move forward in revising the ordinances for the Historic District. Does staff have any updates on where we are at in this process?

Mr. Grooms – At the upcoming meeting, staff will give a brief update on our progress on the ordinance. Staff will also have a timeline available.

Ms. McDougal – Will we have an ordinance drafting workshop?

Mr. Grooms – At the October meeting, the City Attorney will be giving a Commissioner training presentation covering the authority of this body as well as general guidelines in running a public meeting. Staff will also work on scheduling a special meeting for the purpose of an ordinance revision workshop.

VII. Adjournment

Meeting adjourned at 6:35 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, BY THE 14th DAY OF SEPTEMBER, 2015 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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Mr. Richard Werbiskis                                     Mr. Peter Guglielmo

City Planner                                                                 Chair, Historic District Commission    

Date minutes approved: ___________________