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Historic Commission

Regular Meeting

June 15, 2017

6:00 PM

City Council Chambers, 200 W. Walker Street

 

I.                 Call to Order and Roll Call of Members

 

II.                 Approval of Minutes

A.     May 18, 2017

III.              Citizen Communication

The privilege of speaking at this time is limited to the following persons: residents, persons having an ownership interest in the property or a business within the City, or their attorneys.

A statement of no more than 3 minutes may be made. There will be no yielding of time to another person. State law prohibits members of the Historic Commission from commenting on any statement or engaging in dialogue without an appropriate agenda item being posted in accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act. Comments should be directed to the entire Historic Commission, not individual members of the Historic Commission or staff. If addressing a specific agenda item, speakers must keep their remarks specific to the item being considered by the Historic Commission. Any speaker making personal attacks or using vulgar or profane language shall forfeit his/her remaining time and shall be seated.

IV.              New Business

A.   The Historic Commission shall provide comments to the Planning and Zoning Commission for a deviation from the RNC(Residential Neighborhood Conservation) standards to allow for the construction of a fence with no transparency on City property located at the northwest intersection of Coryell Street and Landrum Avenue with the address 1220 Coryell Street (HC 17-06).

V.                 Public Hearing and Action Items

A.   Hold a public hearing and take action on a Certificate of Appropriateness (HC 17-04), a request to construct handrailsalong the front porch and replace 10 windows on an existing single-family structure, located along the south side of 4th Street, between North Illinois Avenue and North Iowa Avenue with the address 911 4th Street.

 

B.      Hold a public hearing and take action on a Certificate of Appropriateness (HC 17-05), a request to restore an existing accessory structure by replacing siding, windows, and modifying the roof, located at the southeast intersection of 4th Street and North Kansas Avenue with the address 320 North Kansas Avenue.

 

VI.              Commissioner's 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 12th DAY OF JUNE, 2017, 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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Frankie Legaux, Assistant Director of Planning and Development

                                                              MINUTES
                                                CITY OF LEAGUE CITY
                                               HISTORIC COMMISSION
                                                   REGULAR MEETING
                                       Thursday, June 15, 2017 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:
David Hake, Vice-Chairperson         Elizabeth Hetico
Steph McDougal, Chairperson
Susan Pierce
Daniel Henn
Michael Hendershot, ex-officio
John Schoellkopf


City Representatives:
Korrie Becht, Senior Planner
Kris Carpenter, Planning Manager
Frankie Legaux, Assistant Director of Planning and Development
Rusty Bolen, Park Operations Superintendent


II. Approval of Minutes
     May 18, 2017
Mr. Hake made a motion to approve the May 18, 2017 minutes with corrections as noted.
Mr. Schoellkopf seconded the motion

The motion passed unanimously by a vote 6-0-0

III. Citizen Communication

Kris Carpenter, Planning Manager for the City of League City, stated both of the items for certificate of appropriateness 911 4th St. and 320 North Kansas Ave. are public hearings, citizen may speak when each agenda item is presented by the Commission.

IV. New Business

A.
The Historic Commission shall provide comments to the Planning and Zoning Commission for a deviation from the “RNC” (Residential Neighborhood Conservation) standards to allow for the construction of a fence with no transparency on City property located at the northwest intersection of Coryell Street and Landrum Avenue with the address 1220 Coryell Street (HC 17-06).

Mr. Carpenter presented this case for a deviation from the RNC standard for transparency and the standard that does not allow fences in the First Layer. The Commission was to provide comments to the Planning and Zoning Commission for a decision to be made at the next Planning and Zoning Commission meeting.

Mr. Rusty Bolen, Park Operations Superintendent, for the City of League City, informed the Commission that City Council executed an operating agreement with Butler Longhorn Museum. He stated that the parameters set in the new agreement were:
• One (1) outdoor major fundraiser event with amplified music or sound per year
• Four (4) outdoor family movie nights permitted until 10:00
• All other events are restricted to no amplified sound, no live music and a decibel reading not to exceed 68 decibels during the evening and ending by 7pm.
• City Council recommended 160’ fence composed of 6’ cedar boards 6” rot board with 4” x 6” posts and cedar cap and trim from back of stage to fence at Coryell Street Texas-New Mexico Power Easement on Landrum Drive.

Ms. McDougal asked what type of fence would connect to the front side of Coryell Street.
Mr. Bolen stated that the fence along Coryell is a ranch style, 3-rail fence and is transparent. Foliage would be used on the exterior to keep noise at minimal level.

Mr. Hendershot asked what direction the stage faces.
Mr. Bolen replied the stage faces Coryell Street.
Mr. Henn asked if the purpose of the fence is to provide a sound barrier.
Mr. Bolen replied the purpose of the fence is to help with decibel readings towards neighboring properties.
Mr. Henn asked if there has been any supportive information that the fence would keep the noise level down.
Mr. Bolen responded the fence would dampen the sound projected towards the houses that are the closest.

Ms. Pierce asked if any other materials were considered.
Mr. Bolen stated the specification for building the fence was wood.
Mr. Hake asked if the fence was being constructed for one event per year.
Mr. Bolen stated that the one outdoor event would be with amplified music, but that there were other outdoor events: four outdoor family movie nights permitted until 10:00 pm and all other events would be restricted to no live music with a decimal reading not to exceed 68 during the day and 65 during the evening hours.

Mr. Hake asked if there were other examples of that type of fence in that area.
Mr. Carpenter stated that he was not sure about this specific street.
Mr. Schoellkopf asked if the fence would be the backdrop of the stage.
Mr. Bolen stated it would run along the stage, and not be the backdrop.
Mr. Schoellkopf asked if the fence would have lights on it.
Mr. Bolen Stated that there would be no electricity run to the fence.

Ms. McDougal asked if there were any rules for fences to have setbacks that would not obstruct vision of traffic turning at the corner.
Mr. Carpenter stated that the ordinance requires visibility triangles at the corner measured from the right-of-way lines, that it would have to taper down at that location or be built back from the intersection.
Ms. McDougal asked if the fence would meet that requirement.
Mr. Carpenter responded that it would meet all standards required, if built.
Ms. Pierce asked if is there is a fence at this location now.
Mr. Bolen stated there is a section of the same 3-rail fence surrounded by trees.
Ms. Pierce asked why the 3-rail ranch styled fence on Coryell would not be replaced by a tall fence if that the City is looking for noise abatement.
Mr. Carpenter responded that there were only complaints from neighbors on that side of Landrum Avenue.
Mr. Hake asked if the length of the fence and stopping point of the fence were due to the fact that it was located at the back of the stage.
Mr. Bolen answered yes, if the fence continued, trees would have to be removed.

Mr. Hake made a motion to approve HC 17-06 at 1220 Coryell Street, a request for comments to the Planning and Zoning Commission for a deviation from the “RNC” (Residential Neighborhood Conservation) standards to allow for the construction of a fence with no transparency on City property.
Ms. Pierce seconded the motion.

Mr. Hake amended the motion to recommend denial of HC 17-06 at 1220 Coryell Street, a request for a deviation from the “RNC” (Residential Neighborhood Conservation) standards to allow for the construction of a fence with no transparency on City property.
Mr. Henn seconded the motion.

The motion to deny the deviation passed by a vote of 5-1-0.


V. Public Hearing and Action Items

A.
Hold a public hearing and take action on a Certificate of Appropriateness (HC 17-04), a request to construct handrails along the front porch and replace 10 windows on an existing single-family structure, located along the south side of 4th Street, between North Illinois Avenue and North Iowa Avenue with the address 911 4th Street.

Korrie Becht, Senior Planner for the City of League City, presented the request on behalf of the City.

Mr. Henn asked if the Building Department was informed of the rules and regulation that cover the Historic District.
Mr. Carpenter stated that they have been informed.

Marie Cifuentes, the property owner, informed the Commission that she wanted to make her home safe and attractive.

Public hearing opened at 6:37 pm.
Public hearing closed at 6:37 pm.

Mr. Henn made a motion to approve HC 17-04 at 911 4th Street, a request to construct handrails along the front porch and replace 10 windows on an existing single-family structure.
Mr. Schoellkopf seconded the motion.

The motion passed unanimously 6-0-0.

B.
Hold a public hearing and take action on a Certificate of Appropriateness (HC 17-05), a request to restore an existing accessory structure by replacing siding, windows, and modifying the roof, located at the southeast intersection of 4th Street and North Kansas Avenue with the address 320 North Kansas Avenue.

Frankie Legaux, Assistant Director of Planning and Development for the City of League City, presented the request on behalf of the City.

Ms. Pierce commented that there does not seem to be anything left of the original structure
Ms. Legaux stated the materials they are using are appropriate. The configuration of the roof was being altered from previous pictures of the property, and the siding is different. Normally, one would see a vertical configuration on the wood siding rather than a lap siding in the time period the property was developed.

Mr. Henn asked if the gable that was added to the garage area to replicate the house.
Ms. Legaux confirmed that is what the property owner was trying to replicate.
Mr. Henn asked if the property owner was going to put the window in the garage to replicate the house.
Ms. Legaux responded that the property owner was trying to replicate the gable portion of house.

Mr. Henn asked if the property owner is planning on duplicating a window in that gable area of the garage.
Mr. Robert Olmstead, the property owner, informed the Commission that the garage window was to replicate the house window.
Mr. Henn asked if the garage floor was concrete.
Mr. Olmstead responded yes.
Ms. Pierce asked if the window was going to have shutters.
Mr. Olmstead responded that all the windows are going to have shutters.
Mr. Hake asked Mr. Olmstead when he purchased the house if he knew it was in the Historic District.
Mr. Olmstead responded yes.
Mr. Hake asked Mr. Olmstead when he realized he needed a Certificate of Appropriateness to do
the revisions to the garage.
Mr. Olmstead responded when the City stopped construction.
Mr. Hake asked when does one need a building permit or Certificate of Appropriateness if the intent is to restore what is there.
Ms. Legaux responded when a structure has visible changes from other surrounding properties, a building permit and Certificate of Appropriateness is required.
Mr. Hendershot asked if the intent was to have two different door heights, swinging doors on one side and regular rollout doors on the other.
Mr. Olmstead responded no.


Public hearing opened at 7:03 p.m.

Ms. Olmstead stated that the City was unable to give her any information on the Historic Preservation guidelines.

Ms. Hall stated that people moving into the Historic District should be given books with standards and guidelines for the historic preservation of homes.

Public hearing closed at 7:08 p.m.


Ms. Pierce asked if the applicant had requested a building permit, would that have triggered any Historic review by staff.
Ms. Legaux informed the Commission that the Building Department issues all permits. If the applicant’s address is in the Historic District, they will be notified at that time if a Certificate of Appropriateness is needed. The Certificate of Appropriateness approval would come before issuing a building permit. If the COA is not issued or if issued in part, the Building Department would give the applicant a permit for only what was approved per the Certificate of Appropriateness.

Ms. Pierce asked why a building permit was not applied for.
Mr. Olmstead replied the repairs were minor until the walls starting falling down as construction progressed.
Ms. McDougal asked if Mr. Olmstead originally planned to raise the building and put in a concrete floor.
Mr. Olmstead responded that he was going to raise the building, not sure what to do about the floor until the walls started falling down then we needed a floor to secure the structure.
Ms. Legaux informed the Commission that Code Enforcement placed a stop work order on property because there was no permit posted on the job site and the applicant came in at that time to get a building permit.

Mr. Schoellkopf made a motion to approve.
Mr. Henn seconded the motion.


Mr. Hendershot stated the ridge of the gable is above the adjoining roof.
Mr. Henn stated that the garage was a tear down.
Mr. Hake asked if the modifications change the character of the historic district.
Mr. Hendershot stated the work was done with high quality and looks good.
Mr. Hake asked if the window has been done and what work was left to do.
Ms. McDougal stated this is a new building at this point, if he wants to put a new window in the gable and shutters on the window, that it’s okay.
Mr. Henn stated the window would look good in the garage and match the house.
Ms. McDougal asked if the window had already been made.
Mr. Olmstead replied that he had a carpenter refinish a window to be placed in gable.

The motion on the floor to approve HC 17-05, at 320 North Kansas Avenue, a request to restore an existing accessory structure by replacing siding, windows, and modifying the roof.

The motion passed by a vote of 6-0-0.

VI. Commissioner’s Comments

Ms. Pierce asked staff to keep commissioners informed on the progress of the new software system the City of League started using to issue permits.
Mr. Carpenter replied he will.

Mr. Hake stated he voted against the form base code because of the transition zone and residential homes in the area.


VII. Staff Comments

Mr. Carpenter stated that one of the form based code revisions made allows for existing single-family uses to expand up to 50% of the existing foot print and would be allowed out-right. On June 26, a workshop discussion will be held with Planning & Zoning Commission and City Council on this item.

Mr. Carpenter stated that Planning staff is reviewing six submissions for Historic Resources Survey and staff will make a decision next week.

Mr. Carpenter stated that Planning staff will provide literature to citizens living in the Historic District with guidelines for projects they want to complete on their homes after the Historic Resources Survey is completed.

Mr. Hake asked about the recommendation on the transparency fence.
Mr. Carpenter stated that the Planning & Zoning Commission approved fence at zero percent transparency.

Ms. McDougal asked if the Preservation Plan had been rendered obsolete by the latest amendment to the ordinance and for staff to check to see of the Preservation Plan is on the books.
Mr. Carpenter stated that the current Preservation Plan is a page and half.
Ms. McDougal asked staff to please confirm.


VIII. Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 7:38 p.m.

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.


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Mrs. Frankie Legaux                                             Ms. Steph McDougal
Assistant Director of Planning & Development Chair, Historic District Commission