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Historic Commission

Regular Meeting

April 21, 2016

6:00 PM

City Council Chambers, 200 W. Walker Street


I.                   Call to Order and Roll Call of Members

 

II.                Approval of Minutes

A.     February 18, 2016

III.             Public Hearing & Action Items

A.    Hold a public hearing and take action on HC16-03, (916 East Main Street), a request for a
        Certificate of Appropriateness to add a porch to the entrance of an existing metal building at 916
East Main Street.

B.  Hold a public hearing and take action on HC16-04 (Fairview Cemetery), a request for a Certificate of Appropriateness and recommendation to the Zoning Board of Adjustments to install a 6-foot high
aluminum fence along Kansas Avenue and 7th Street located on the northwest corner of Kansas
Avenue and 7th Street.

C.     Hold a public hearing and take action on HC16-05 (Walding Station Awning II), a request to modify
the entrance of by adding an awning, generally located north of East Main Street (FM 518) and east of
Perkins Avenue with the address of 100 Perkins Avenue.

D.     Hold a public hearing and take action on HC16-06 (League City Animal Control), a request to
install two temporary buildings just north of the existing animal control building and east
of the existing parking lot for the facility with the address of 821 North Kansas Avenue.

IV.              Commissioners’ Comments

  

V.                 Staff Comments

 

VI.              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 18h DAY OF APRIL 2016, 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

Assistant Director of Planning & Development

MINUTES

CITY OF LEAGUE CITY

HISTORIC COMMISSION

REGULAR MEETING

Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 6:00 P.M.

City Council Chambers

200 West Walker Street

I.                   Call to Order and Roll Call of Members of Historic Commission
David Hake opened the meeting at 6:00 PM. 

Members present:                                         Members absent:
Dick Calkins                                                     Steph McDougal
Elizabeth Hetico                                            
David Hake                                                   
Gary Walding                                                
Michael Hendershot, ex-officio                                                                                               

City Representatives:                                              
Richard Werbiskis, Assistant Director of Planning and Zoning
Martin Griggs, Planner
Mark Linenschmidt, Senior Planner
John Baumgartner, Deputy City Manager
Nghiem Doan, City Attorney

Mr. Calkins made a motion appoint David Hake as temporary Chair.

Mr. Walding seconded the motion.

The motion passed unanimously by a vote of 3-0-*1.

*David Hake abstained from voting.

II.                Approval of Minutes
   This item was removed.

III.             Public Hearing & Action Items

A.                 Hold a public hearing and take action on HC16-03, (916 East Main Street), a request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to add a porch to the entrance of an existing metal building at 916 East Main Street.

Martin Griggs, Planner for the City of League City, presented for the City of League City, and City staff recommended approval.

The public hearing was opened at 6:07 PM.

Manny Lopez- 1192 Shellfish Vista – commented that he and his father purchased the building and owns the cigar lounge nearby, and also commented on his past experience.

Mr. Hake asked what was going to happen to the temporary building on the left side.

Mr. Lopez stated that the building was going to be remodeled and used for storage.

Mr. Hake asked if there was going to be a step up onto the porch.

Mr. Lopez stated that it was going to be leveled.

Mr. Calkins asked if there was any problem with flooding at the location.

Mr. Lopez stated no, but they did have it at their previous location.

The public hearing was closed at 6:12 PM.  

Ms. Hetico made a motion to approve the Certificate of Appropriateness for HC 16-03 (916 Main Street)

Mr. Walding seconded the motion

The motion passed unanimously by a vote of 4-0-0.

B.                 Hold a public hearing and take action on HC16-04 (Fairview Cemetery), a request for a Certificate of Appropriateness and recommendation to the Zoning Board of Adjustments to install a 6-foot high aluminum fence along Kansas Avenue and 7th Street located on the northwest corner of Kansas Avenue and 7th Street.

Richard Werbiskis, Assistant Director of Planning and Zoning, presented for the City of League City, and City staff recommended approval.

Mr. Hake asked for clarification on why the packet discusses Section 125-81h.

Mr. Werbiskis stated that it was the interpretation of the ordinance, in respect to the RSF Zoning District, that limits the height of a fence to 4 feet within the setback, and then it goes to 10 feet beyond that; however, with the property being semi-public, it does not apply.

Mr. Hake asked if the packet was going with RSF.

Mr. Werbiskis stated yes.

Mr. Calkins asked how deep they were going to set the post.

Mr. Werbiskis stated 21 inches, according to the plan.

Mr. Calkins asked what would be done to protect tree roots.

Mr. Werbiskis stated that he would have the City Arborist assist with the installation of the fence.

Mr. Calkins commented that different fence lengths could be used where the fence impedes on the tree.

Ms. Hetico asked if there would be gates.

Mr. Werbiskis stated yes, and they would be of similar style.

Mr. Calkins asked how close the fence was going to get to the creek.

Mr. Werbiskis stated that it would not be close.

Ms. Hetico asked if it was going around the full perimeter on all sides.

Mr. Werbiskis stated no.

Mr. Calkins asked if the swing gate by the end of the creek was going to be done away with.

Mr. Werbiskis stated no, the gate would remain.

The public hearing was opened at 6:19 PM.

The public hearing was closed at 6:20 PM.

Mr. Walding made a motion to approve the Certificate of Appropriateness and to recommend approval to the Zoning Board of Adjustments for HC16-04 (Fairview Cemetery).

Ms. Hetico seconded the motion.

The motion passed unanimously by a vote of 4-0-0.

C.        Hold a public hearing and take action on HC16-05 (Walding Station Awning II), a request to modify the entrance of by adding an awning, generally located north of East Main Street (FM 518) and east of Perkins Avenue with the address of 100 Perkins Avenue.

(Mr. Walding made his way towards the podium as the applicant.)

Mark Linenschmidt, Senior Planner, presented for the City of League City, and City staff recommended approval with the condition that the applicant may construct exact copies of the awning presented for other areas of the buildings on the site, with proper permits.

 Mr. Hake asked for further clarification about the Walding Station awning that was previously approved.

Mr. Linenschmidt stated that the awning was about 25 feet north of the subject door, and that it is longer but the same basic structure and design; however, this structure would be the last awning that would be over a doorway for the Southern building.

The public hearing was opened at 6:24 PM.

The public hearing was closed at 6:25 PM.

Ms. Hetico made a motion to approve HC16-05 (Walding Station Awning II) with the conditions given by staff.

Mr. Hake asked if future awnings would be mirrored to the original.

Mr. Linenschmidt stated they would be the same structure, but staff is looking to know whether that would be with railings, without railings, or both.

Ms. Hetico made a motion to approve HC16-05 (Walding Station Awning II) with the condition that the exact same awning design, with the railings, be considered administratively for future uses.

Mr. Calkins seconded the motion.

The motion passed unanimously by a vote of 3-0-1.

*Gary Walding abstained from voting due to his conflict of interest as the applicant.

D.        Hold a public hearing and take action on HC16-06 (League City Animal Control), a request to install two temporary buildings just north of the existing animal control building and east of the existing parking lot for the facility with the address of 821 North Kansas Avenue.

Richard Werbiskis, Assistant Director of Planning and Zoning, presented for the City of League City, and City staff recommended approval.

Ms. Hetico asked if 2035 was the year they would be moving.

Mr. Werbiskis stated no.

Ms. Hetico asked if they know when they would be moving.

John Baumgartner, Deputy City Manager, stated optimistically, they would be moved out in three years, and pessimistically, five years, ultimately it depends on City Council, but the desired location is off Walker Street near the new Public Safety building, to the west.

Ms. Hetico asked how the temporary buildings would withstand a hurricane.

Mr. Baumgartner stated that they would be tied down and skirted.

Mr. Hake commented that the buildings would not impact the character of the area in any way, as you will not see them; however, the comment that the building will not affect the character because the area is not historical in character, sets the precedent for others in the Historic District to make the same claim, and then the entire character of the area will be changed.

Mr. Werbiskis stated that comment was his own personal opinion and does not set precedent for any future decisions, and that all items brought before the board will be based on that application’s merits, regardless of the decision made tonight.

Ms. Hetico asked if there was a way to incorporate the fact that these are City offices into the decision, so that the fact that they are City offices will be taken into account.

Mr. Werbiskis stated that could be done, and that it could be stated that these temporary buildings are going into an area already developed by municipal structures.

Ms. Hetico commented that she would like to see the decision worded that way.

The public hearing was opened at 6:35 PM.

The public hearing was closed at 6:36 PM.

Mr. Webiskis commented that the following motion could be rendered: a motion to approve HC16-06 (League City Animal Control), based on the surrounding municipal uses of an animal shelter, the existing fire training facility, and the wastewater treatment, and that the use is temporary and located behind trees and shrubs, out of public view.

Mr. Walding made a motion to approve the Certificate of Appropriateness for HC16-06 (League City Animal Control), based on the surrounding municipal uses of an animal shelter, the existing fire training facility, and the wastewater treatment, and that the use is temporary and located behind trees and shrubs, out of public view.

Nghiem Doan, City Attorney, commented that all motions can be discussed, and that it does not need to be outlined in the motion for a motion to be discussed.

Ms. Hetico seconded the motion.

Ms. Hetico asked if that building was going to be enough for five years.

Mr. Werbiskis stated that it should be adequate while they transition to a new building.

Mr. Baumgartner stated that it meets an immediate need and that if additional space if needed in the future, it will be dealt with at that time.

Mr. Hake asked if it would last five years.

Mr. Baumgartner stated that the facility would last five years.

Ms. Hetico asked if it was adequate for the moment.

Mr. Baumgartner stated yes, and that it will also free up additional space for the animals.

The motion passed unanimously by a vote of 4-0-0.

IV.             Commissioner Comments

Mr. Walding commented that he appreciated Mr. Lopez’s work with the remodeling and developing of the building on Main Street.

Mr. Hake asked why a roof repair item was scheduled to come before the Commission.

Mr. Werbiskis stated the staff member who was over that item believed that it needed to come before the Commission, however, after review, it was decided that the item could be handled administratively. 

Mr. Hake asked if there could be a code that would require those wanting to make changes to large trees in the Historic District to have to come before the board. 

Mr. Werbiskis stated that he would look into it and see if it is possible, and that City staff recognizes the importance of the trees in the Historic District, and attempts to preserve them, however if City staff receives a request to trim the trees to the required height, we have to comply.

Mr. Hake stated that is why he wants to codify it, so that one person’s issue does not become everyone’s issue, and there needs to be values for historically significant trees.

Ms. Hetico stated that she was happy about Mr. Lopez renovating his building and also Mr. Walding’s station, and that she would like to see something happen to the dilapidated structures, and when she calls about them nothing happens. Ms. Hetico commented that a structure off Iowa and 4th street needs attention, and are not being maintained.

Mr. Werbiskis stated that he would talk to Neighborhood Services about that area and get back with the Commissioner.

Mr. Walding thanked the Mayor for coming to the meeting, and thanked Joanna. 

V.                Staff Comments

Mr. Werbiskis commented he and Mark Linenschmidt would be working with the Commission, as Matt Grooms is no longer with the City, and invited the Commission to attend the May 10th City Council meeting, in which he and Mr. Linenschmidt will be presenting the Main Street Revitalization Plan, and a smaller presentation will be presented to this Commission for the May meeting.  

Mr. Walding asked for the time and location of the meeting.

Mr. Werbiskis stated that it will be at the Chambers, at 6:00 PM.

Mr. Hake asked if there would be any new commissioners.

Mr. Werbiskis stated that he believed there may be an agenda item for new appointments, but was not sure when it would go before the Council.

Ms. Hetico asked if people were allowed to apply at this time.

Mr. Werbiskis stated yes, they can apply anytime with the City Secretary’s Office.

Mr. Calkins asked if there were still questions about eligibility among staff.

Mr. Werbiskis stated that it was resolved as City staff and the City Secretary’s Office are now on one accord about the eligibility to be appointed to the Commission.

Ms. Hetico asked what the criteria were.

Mr. Doan stated that the sole criteria for appointment, based on City ordinance, is that a person must demonstrate an established interest in historical preservation by residence, investment, education, training, study, or vocation.

Mr. Calkins asked if that means candidates that applied and were rejected because they did not meet all requirements need to reapply.

Mr. Werbiskis stated that they should contact the City Secretary’s Office.

VI.             Adjournment

The Meeting was adjourned at 6:53 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, 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.

 

 

_______________________________________                  _____________________________________

Mr. Richard Werbiskis                                                     Ms. Steph McDougal  

Assistant Director of Planning & Development               Chair, Historic District Commission

 

Date minutes approved: ___________________