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Historic Commission

Regular Meeting

July 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.     June 16, 2016

 

III.             New Business

A.     Presentation of the Downtown Redevelopment Plan to the Historic Commission by the Deputy City Manager.

B.     Discussion regarding enforcement of signage within the Historic District.

  

IV.              Commissioner’s 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 JULY 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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Kris Carpenter, Planning Manager

 

MINUTES

CITY OF LEAGUE CITY

HISTORIC COMMISSION

REGULAR MEETING

Thursday, July 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

Steph McDougal opened the meeting at 6:00 PM.

 

Members present:         Members absent:

Dick Calkins   

Elizabeth Hetico          

David Hake     

Steph McDougal, Chair

Gary Walding

Michael Hendershot, ex-officio

John Schoellkopf

           

City Representatives:   

John Baumgartner, Deputy City Manager

Kris Carpenter, Planning Manager

Nghiem Doan, City Attorney    

II.                Approval of Minutes


       A.                
June 16, 2016

 

Mr. Calkins made a motion to approve the minutes of June 16, 2016.

Ms. Hetico seconded the motion.

The motion passed unanimously by a vote of 7-0-0.



III.             New Business

A.                 Presentation of the Downtown Redevelopment Plan to the Historic Commission by the Deputy City Manager.

John Baumgartner, Deputy City Manager for the City of League City, presented the Downtown Redevelopment Plan, and commented on the beginning phases, changes on Main Street, Historic program makers, maintaining Butler Oaks, changes to Park Avenue, League Park, League City trails, and revenues for the project, and the proposed Main Street fountain.

 

Mr. Hake commented that limestone does not seem appropriate for the area, and asked how the tours will be setup.

Mr. Baumgartner stated that next City Council meeting will have a public hearing to discuss the defined boundaries of the tour, and this includes entering into an agreement with the County on their participation, funding, and developing a tours plan.

 

Mr. Hake asked if the Muldoon’s Run would part of the front-end or back-end of the project.

Mr. Baumgartner stated that Muldoon’s Run would be part of the first phase, after Holiday in the Park, followed by Park Avenue, and then Main Street, and commented that engineers are being asked to look at the drainage from Michigan Avenue can go west, instead of east, and go under the railroad, which ties into the Perkins Avenue ditch, and putting a box culvert along Kansas Avenue, with designs, possibly beginning in Fall.

 

Mr. Walding asked if they knew where the caboose is going to go.

Mr. Baumgartner stated that they are looking at putting it on the north side of 3rd Street, on the property the City owns.

 

Ms. Hetico asked if the basketball court would be placed where the caboose is going to be placed, on 3rd Street.

Mr. Baumgartner stated yes.

Ms. Hetico asked if that could also be used for parking.

Mr. Baumgartner stated it could be.

 

Ms. Hetico asked if there was any other location for the basketball court.

Mr. Baumgartner stated that there is discussion with the school to possibly place it at League City Elementary.

 

Ms. Hetico asked if it has been determined that the basketball court will continue to exist.

Mr. Baumgartner stated yes.

 

Ms. Hetico asked if it was regularly used.

Mr. Baumgartner stated yes, every day.

 

Ms. Hetico asked what is going to be done with Park Street, on the north side.

Mr. Baumgartner commented that the north side is currently not part of the project, but they are looking at the drainage, to capture and put under the railroad.

 

Mr. Calkins commented that he hopes the same number of basketball courts remain.

 

Mr. Hendershot asked what provisions are being made to maintain the architectural scale and style of the area west of the train tracks, as it is a gateway to the City and Historic District.

Mr. Baumgartner commented that the focus has been on implementation on the project, but there has been discussion of transitional zoning, and how that interfaces with the Historic District, through zoning.

Mr. Carpenter commented that they have put out an R.F.Q. for a form based code, which would be a zoning designation that goes over this area, requiring specific architectural guidelines, protecting the nature of the Historic District.

 

Mr. Hendershot commented that he would like for the Historic District to be part of the project and not secondary to it.

Mr. Baumgartner stated that the Historic District would play a primary role.

 

Ms. McDougal asked about how the design standard mentioned by Mark Rohr would be worked into the project.

Mr. Baumgartner stated that it would be integrated into the zoning process.

Ms. McDougal commented there will need to be a public hearing and information given to the community as to why there are design standards and scales, so that the Commission will be more than a regulatory body, but also a resource.

Mr. Baumgartner agreed.

 

Ms. McDougal commented that the trail system needs to be publicized better, and asked for the extent that the Parks Board is involved in the design of League Park, and how does that fit into the Park’s Master Plan.

Mr. Baumgartner stated they will be acting as consultants in the design process of this project.

 

Ms. McDougal asked if the water feature would be paid for by diverting funds from the wastewater rehabilitation funds.

Mr. Baumgartner stated that they would be using the money saved through the new drainage plan.

 

Ms. McDougal asked if they were speaking about money that was going to be spent on the Historic District, not the rest of the City.

Mr. Baumgartner stated that was correct.

 

Ms. McDougal asked if the City could provide information on how they plan to comply with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, as the project requires CDBG money, a permit from TXDOT, and will be causing excavations in the Historic District.

Mr. Baumgartner stated that he would respond after he did further research into the matter.

 

Ms. McDougal commented that Mr. Menzies has told her that this will be delegated to a planner; however, there have been nine different planners staffed to this Commission.

Mr. Baumgartner commented that he and Candice will do everything to comply with all state and federal law.

Ms. McDougal commented that the commission could act as a resource for that.

 

Nghiem Doan, City Attorney, commented that the emails regarding the State laws the City needs to comply to should be sent to him, so that he can have the requirements and he will determine which need to be comply with.

Ms. McDougal commented that she would like to go through the process with them.

 

Mr. Hake commented that Wes Morrison led a group for Water Smart Parks in the Historic District, and asked if their work could be incorporated into the Main Street project.

Mr. Baumgartner stated that Water Smart Parks was being discussed.

 

B.                  Discussion regarding enforcement of signage within the Historic District.

Kris Carpenter, Planning Manager, presented for the City of League City, and commented that the Code Compliance department has sent Code Enforcement Officers to multiple locations in the Historic District; most have come into compliance, while the Tea Room has moved some of their signs back and are being sent a certified letter notifying them of needing permits for the banner and balloons they have.

 

Ms. McDougal commented that they were waiting for information on how to the sign ordinance pertains to the Historic District, and that Mr. Carpenter stated that they would have a public meeting on it during the August meeting.

 

Ms. Hetico asked what happens if they do not receive the certified letter.

Mr. Carpenter stated that they would start the abatement process ten days from when they receive the letter as undeliverable.

 

IV.             Commissioner Comments

Mr. Hake thanked Mr. Baumgartner for the presentation.

Mr. Schoellkopf thanked Mr. Baumgartner and Mr. Carpenter.

Ms. Hetico also thanked Mr. Baumgartner and Mr. Carpenter.

Mr. Calkins commented on Mr. Schoellkopf’s relations to the Historic Commission.

 

V.                Staff Comments

Mr. Baumgartner commented on repairing an overlay on 2nd Street.

Mr. Carpenter commented on All-About-Plumbing, and their new landscaping plan along Main Street.

 

Ms. McDougal asked if they will return for a Certificate of Appropriateness.

Mr. Carpenter stated that the board’s decision was appealed by ZBA, who rendered the decision for them to work with the City on a solution and the new landscaping was the solution.

 

Ms. McDougal commented that landscaping was not the issue, but the paving of the asphalt.

Mr. Carpenter stated that he would look into it.

 

Mr. Carpenter commented on the Planning staff.

 

VI.              Adjournment

The Meeting was adjourned at 6:59 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.