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Planning & Zoning Commission

Regular Session Agenda

May 2, 2016

6:00 PM

Council Chambers, 200 W. Walker Street

 

I.                   Call to Order and Roll Call of Members

 

II.                Approval of Minutes

A.                 April 4, 2016

 

III.             New Business

A.                 Receive a presentation and discuss the regulations and process to create and develop Planned Unit Developments (PUDs) in League City in accordance with Chapter 125 of the League City Code of Ordinances entitled Zoning. The P&Z Commission is schedule to hold a public hearing and consider the proposed Lakes of Quail Pointe PUD on May 16, 2016.

 

IV.              Staff Comments

 

V.                 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 29th 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

PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION

Monday, May 2, 2016 at 6:00 P.M.

COUNCIL CHAMBERS

200 W WALKER ST.

 

I.                   Call to Order and Roll Call of Members

Douglas Turner opened the meeting at 6:00 PM.

 

Members Present:

Members Absent:

Doug Turner, Chair

 

Ron Wicker

 

William Arnold

Richard McCullough

 

Gary Walding

Wayne Alderman

Jon Schweinle

Gene Bindhammer

 

 

City Staff:

 

Paul Menzies, Director of Planning and Development

Richard Werbiskis, Assistant Director of Planning and Development

Mark Linenschmidt, Senior Planner

Nghiem Doan, Ex Officio, City Attorney

Christopher Sims, Assistant City Engineer

 

 

II.                Approval of Minutes

A.                 April 4, 2016

 

Mr. Walding made a motion to approve the April 4, 2016 minutes.

Mr. Arnold seconded the motion.

The motion passed unanimously by a vote of 8-0-0.

 

III.             New Business

A.                 Receive a presentation and discuss the regulations and process to create and develop Planned Unit Developments (PUDs) in League City in accordance with Chapter 125 of the League City Code of Ordinances entitled Zoning. The P&Z Commission is schedule to hold a public hearing and consider the proposed Lakes of Quail Pointe PUD on May 16, 2016.

 

Paul Menzies, Director of Planning and Development commented that May 10, 2016, at 6 PM, the Downtown presentation will take place at the 200 West Walker, Council Chambers, and stated that Mark Linenschmidt and the developer would be presenting a PUD, similar to a rezone, but at a higher standard, and that the development is one of the largest new residential developments, and there will be a public hearing on the development, after which, it will go to City Council with your recommendation, and more information will be given out for the project at the later meeting.

 

Richard Werbiskis, Assistant Director of Planning and Development, presented for the City of League City, and explained what a PUD is and the zoning for the subject PUD, and commented that the developer is asking for a variance from the buffer yard requirements and the City is asking for additional amenities for the residents, and also commented on the history of PUDs, the consideration for a PUD, and the process of approving or denying a PUD.

 

Mr. Wicker asked if PUDs would be developed in accordance with the master plan, showing Grand Parkway, and other thoroughfares being required to reserve the rights-of-way. 

Mr. Werbiskis stated that they would be reserved, but would be subject to acquisition by the authority that is building the Grand Parkway.

 

Mr. Wicker commented that it should not be built on, if they are anticipating the rights-of-way for a thoroughfare plan.

Mr. Werbiskis stated that was correct and it matches the Comprehensive Plan.

 

Mr. Menzies commented that an example of a PUD is the Cabela?s project, which donated right-of-way for the expansion of Big League Dreams Parkway and Calder Road, and another example would be Shops at 96 or the Kroger development, which has led to road improvements on League City Parkway and Hobbs, and have dedicated right-of-way.

 

Mr. Wicker commented that the State moves slowly at developing their thoroughfares, and if you wait on them, the state is going to end up having to buy people?s houses.

Mr. Werbiskis stated that during the platting process, all resources of information are looked at, and if land is going to be required for dedication for public uses or road expansions.

 

Mr. Werbiskis also commented further on the PUD process, the Comprehensive Plan, the location of the PUD, the number of residents, that the public hearing for the PUD is scheduled for May 16, 2016, and the name of the PUD is expected to change, and the estimated dates for when the PUD will be going before City Council.

 

Mr. Schweinle asked why they are choosing to do a PUD, instead of doing a rezone to residential.

Matt Stoops, PGE Gilbert & Associates, stated that they are going with a PUD, instead of rezoning, because, as the project develops, the lot lines can shift, due to engineering issues or marketing forces, and a PUD allows for changes to be made in zone district sizes, by 15 percent, without having it rezoned multiple times.

 

Mr. Schweinle asked if someone decides to arbitrarily change the size by 15 percent, does the public have to be engaged.

Mr. Stoops stated no, if changes are made in the master plan, they have to submit a revised master plan, but the public is not involved when making changes, but the Commission would be.

 

Mr. Schweinle asked if that means there would be no more public meetings.

Mr. Stoops stated yes.

 

Mr. Stoops presented for the applicant, and gave basic planning information about the PUD.

 

Mr. Alderman asked for the zoning of the property in the Texas City limits.

Mr. Stoops stated that he was not sure.

 

Mr. Alderman asked if there was going to be any buffers there at the Texas City limit.

Mr. Stoops stated that it is possible, and that they are proposing an eight foot fence around the perimeter, excluding the retention area.

 

Mr. Wicker asked how the roadway got included in the City limits.

Mr. Stoops stated they were not involved in that part of the project.

Mr. Linenschmidt stated that this property was part of a previous annexation, where that part of the roadway was purposely annexed as part a previous project.

Mr. Stoops stated the project never moved forward.

 

Mr. Wicker commented that State regulation on annexation required a certain dimensions for rights-of-way.

Mr. Stoops stated the piece of land was ownership and not right-of-way.

 

Mr. Wicker asked if there are regulations on fingers of land.

Mr. Stoops stated yes.

Mr. Menzies stated they would do further research into it, but that it would not affect the project.

Mr. Linenschmidt stated the PUD includes a timeline of when certain areas were annexed.

 

Mr. Stoops commented that this PUD would be the only one in League City that would include architectural standards.

Mr. Menzies stated that there are no architectural standards for commercial and residential properties in League City, and this would be groundbreaking and will set the standard.

 

Mr. McCullough asked how the trail was going to be surfaced.

Mr. Stoops stated it was most likely going to be concrete.

 

Mr. Hirschman presented on the proposed utilities for the project.

 

Mr. Wicker asked what level of treatment the current plant provides.

Mr. Hirschman stated it is per TCEQ?s rules, but it will be upgraded if needed to meet the grey water standards.

 

Mr. Wicker asked if it was anaerobic or aerobic.

Mr. Hirschman stated that he was not sure.

 

Mr. Wicker asked if the sewer plant being close to residential will be detrimental to the residents.

Mr. Hirschman stated that as part of the PUD agreement the plants would be upgraded, which would diminish the noise issue.

 

Mr. Menzies commented that residents on the Southern side of Marbella have complained about noise from the facility, and with modern equipment and a full enclosure, the noise issue should be eliminated.

Mr. Hirschman commented the facility?s blowers are causing the noise issue, but they will be enclosed, and the eight foot fence will also be a buffer.

 

Mr. Menzies commented that staff would do research on the facility and bring that to the Commission for the next meeting.

 

Mr. Hirschman commented that they are not cutting off discharge to the bay.

 

Mr. Wicker asked if the residents there are getting free irrigation.

Mr. Hirschman stated no.

 

Mr. Turner asked how many people attending their public meeting.

Mr. Stoops stated around 30, from Whispering Lakes and Marbella.

Mr. Menzies asked where the meeting was held.

Mr. Stoops stated Hometown Heroes.

 

Mr. Schweinle asked if the fire department reviews PUDs.

Mr. Werbiskis stated yes.

 

Mr. Alderman asked when the Commissioner?s questions will be answered.

Mr. Werbiskis stated that all the questions will be answered at the public hearing.

 

Mr. Schweinle asked how is it that the City was not able to obtain the finger property.

Mr. Werbiskis stated there was land swapping going on with the property owner, and that property owner has no desires to do anything with that property.

 

Mr. Wicker asked if this would be MUD.

Jerry stated yes, it is already in MUD 45.

 

Mr. McCullough asked if there was going to be any issues with the power lines.

Jerry stated no, there are already overhead power lines there.

 

Mr. Menzies stated that the overhead power lines are in compliance with City ordinance.

 

IV.              Staff Comments

Mr. Menzies reminded the Commission to attend the downtown meeting.

 

V.                 Adjournment

Douglas Turner adjourned the meeting at 7:16 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 12th DAY OF FEBRUARY 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.

 

 

_____________________________                             ______________________________

Richard Werbiskis, AICP                                             Doug Turner

Assistant Director of Planning & Development           Chairman, Planning & Zoning Commission