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Historic Commission
Regular Meeting
September 21, 2017
6:00 PM
Johnnie Arolfo Civic Center, 400 W. Walker Street

 

I.                    Call to Order and Roll Call of Members

II.                Approval of Meeting Minutes

A.        June 15, 2017    

III.       Citizen Communication

The privilege of speaking at this time is limited to the following persons: residents, persons having an ownership interest in 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.              Public Hearing and Action Items

A.     Hold a public hearing and take action on a Certificate of Appropriateness (HC-17-0003), a request to renovate the exterior of an existing commercial structure, located on the northwest corner of North Wisconsin Avenue and East Main Street with the address 1026 East Main Street.

V.              Commissioner's Comments

VI.                 Staff Comments

A.     Provide update to the Commission on case HC 17-02 (621 4th Street ? Replacement of Siding).

B.      Provide update to the Commission on the Preservation Plan.

C.     Provide update to the Commission on the Historic Resources Survey.

VII.              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 18th DAY OF SEPTEMBER, 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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Kris Carpenter, Planning Manager

 

                                                                           MINUTES
                                                             CITY OF LEAGUE CITY
                                                            HISTORIC COMMISSION
                                                               REGULAR MEETING
                                                 Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 6:00 P.M.
                                                           Johnnie Arolfo Civic Center,
                                                               400 West Walker Street

I. Call to Order and Roll Call of Members of Historic Commission
Steph McDougal opened the meeting at 6:01 PM.

Members present:                               Members absent:
David Hake, Vice-Chairperson
Steph McDougal, Chairperson
Susan Pierce
Daniel Henn
Michael Hendershot, Ex-Officio
Elizabeth Hetico, arrived at 6:03 PM.
J’ Nean Henderson
Ric Pearson

City Representatives:

Korrie Becht, Senior Planner
Kris Carpenter, Planning Manager
Frankie Legaux, Assistant Director of Planning and Development
Michelle Villarreal, Deputy City Attorney


II. Approval of Minutes

June 15, 2017
Mr. Hake made a motion to approve the June 15, 2017 minutes with corrections as noted.
Mr. Henn seconded the motion.

The motion passed unanimously by a vote 7-0-1.
Ms. Hetico was not present for this vote.

III. Citizen Communication
No Citizen Communication.


IV. Public Hearing and Action Items
A. Hold a public hearing and take action on a Certificate of Appropriateness (HC-17- 0003), a request to renovate the exterior of an existing commercial structure, located on the northwest corner of North Wisconsin Avenue and East Main Street with the address 1026 East Main Street.
Korrie Becht, Senior Planner, presented the request on behalf of the City.

Mr. Hake asked for an explanation of the awning because there was a significant overhang over the doors.
Ms. Becht explained that the awnings were going to be directly over the windows and the soffit on the building was further up to the roof line. She continued that the applicant wanted to get the awning approved and if the outcome was unsatisfactory, they would work with Historic Commission to alter what has been approved.
Mr. Henn responded that there was not a lot of space between the windows and existing awning to work with an overhang.
Ms. Hetico asked for more information on the replacement shutters.
Ms. Becht responded that the replacement shutters were on page 8 in the Commission’s packets.
Ms. Hetico asked if the shutters were going to be in proportion with the windows.
Ms. Becht responded that the applicant would be able to give more information on the shutters.

Ms. Hetico asked if the building was still being used as a church.
Ms. Becht responded yes.
Ms. Hectico asked if there was a plan for the sign in front of the building.
Ms. Becht responded yes, the applicant had a plan for the sign.

Ms. Henderson asked if there is an overhang from the roof and awnings over the windows, would that look good.
Ms. McDougal responded that the Commission could ask the applicant later in the meeting.

Mr. Pearson asked how many square feet and if the structure was a wood structure.
Ms. Becht responded that she didn’t know.
Mr. Pearson asked if the applicant knew the requirements for parking.
Ms. Becht responded staff was currently looking in the ordinance for the requirements of on-street parking.

The commissioners had a discussion on the board and batten configuration of the building’s siding.
Ms. McDougal asked how the Commission was to consider exterior lighting without providing replacement fixture information.
Mr. Carpenter responded that the applicant would replace the exterior lighting with hooded lights.
Ms. McDougal asked how the Commission was to approve if there was no example of a hooded light.
Ms. Legaux responded that the Commission could approve or disapprove portions or require the applicant to come back before the Commission for certain approvals.


Mr. Caltagirone stated that the main intent was to have an awning over the door after it was extended into a double door, and that the shutters look good and prevented every window from having an awning over it. He stated vertical siding and faux stone had been chosen for the exterior building and the exterior lighting would have a nautical theme with a hood covering the lights, but he was still deciding on what to use. He continued that shared parking by surrounding businesses was the best option.

Ms. Hetico asked if the lights would be pointed up into the trees.
Mr. Caltagirone responded no, they would be pointed out and down.
Ms. McDougal asked how residential properties adjacent to commercial properties would be protected by illuminating lights.
Ms. Becht responded that the applicant must submit a photometric plan that showed light levels, and the light would have to tamper off closer to the property line.
Ms. McDougal asked if the light at the back of the building was primarily for security and not intended to illuminate the parking lot of the building.
Mr. Caltagirone responded the intent was for safety and illuminating the parking lot.
Mr. Carpenter stated that the ordinance required lights to be fully hooded so they wouldn’t be able to project into the parking lot; they would be pointed down.
Ms. Hetico asked about the proportion of the shutters.
Mr. Caltagirone responded that the shutters were for a decorative look and would not cover the windows.

Mr. Hendershot asked if the light fixtures were to remain in the same location.
Mr. Caltagirone responded yes, the lights were to remain in the same location with new light fixtures.
Ms. McDougal asked if the awnings over the windows were going to be constructed of the wood framing, metal top style.
Mr. Caltagirone responded yes.

Mr. Caltagirone stated he has applied for a sign permit.
Ms. Becht informed the Commission that she had not reviewed the sign permit, but would check the status of the permit tomorrow.



Ms. McDougal opened the public hearing at 6:45 PM.
With no comments received, Ms. McDougal closed the public hearing at 6:46 PM.

Mr. Hake’s question was inaudible.

Mr. Hake made a motion to approve HC-17-0003.
Mr. Pearson seconded the motion.

Mr. Henn asked the applicant what their preference was over the window shutters or awning.
Mr. Caltagirone responded that shutters were his preference.

Mr Henn asked for the proposed height of the new door.
Mr. Caltagirone stated the new door would be three feet wider and taller.
Mr. Henn asked if it left enough room for the awning over the door.
Mr. Caltagirone stated the doors could be built to any dimension to accommodate the awning.

Ms. McDougal stated the upper portion of the walls of the building would have Hardie panels.

Ms. Mc Dougal stated that staff and the applicant could determine the design of the exterior lighting as it was not a historic building.

Ms. Brecht stated there were three other items needing approval: mailbox, address numbers, and repair of the soffit.

Ms. McDougal stated that the applicant was proposing to change out multi-tenant mailboxes to a single mailbox, and two sets of street numbers on the front façade above the door to a plaque with the street number on it.
Ms. Hectico asked where the plaque would go.
Mr. Caltagirone replied between the top of the door and the overhang would be a sizable place for the plaque.
Ms. McDougal stated that the applicant was proposing to have double doors with an awning above the doors, and place the plaque above the awning, below the soffit.
Ms. McDougal stated that the applicant should place the mailbox on one side and the plaque on the other side to provide balance.

Mr. Hake made a motion to amend the original motion to address the design features individually.
Mr. Pearson seconded motion.

Mr. Henn moved to approve the replacement of the current exterior door with a new double door.
Ms. Pierce seconded the motion.
The motion passed unanimously by a vote of 8-0-0.

Ms. Hetico moved to replace the existing doors with the proposed doors.
Mr. Pearson seconded the motion.
The motion passed unanimously by a vote of 8-0-0.

Ms. Henderson moved to approve an awning to be constructed over the new front doors, to be constructed of wood framing and topped by a metal roof material that matched the existing roof of the building.
Mr. Hake seconded the motion.
The motion passed unanimously by a vote of 8-0-0.

Mr. Pearson moved to approve the replacement of the existing shutters with shutters that were appropriately sized, being at least as tall and wider than the current shutters, and affixed to the window frame by mounting them on top of the frame itself.
Mr. Henn seconded motion.
The motion passed unanimously by a vote of 8-0-0.

Ms. Hetico moved to approve the replacement of the existing exterior lighting with exterior lighting that met code requirements, and the design for which was to be worked out between the applicant and Planning staff.
Ms. Pierce seconded the motion.
The motion passed unanimously by a vote of 8-0-0.

Ms. Henderson moved to approve removal of the 4 items as shown on page 7 of the packet: the menu board and drive-thru area, the awning above the drive-thru area, the wall signs on the street side elevation, and the water hose holder on the street side elevation.
Mr. Hake seconded the motion.
The motion passed unanimously by a vote of 8-0-0.

Mr. Henn moved to approve the replacement of the existing multi-tenant mailboxes and existing address numbers as shown on page 8 of the packet with a single tenant mailbox and a street number plaque to be located at a location worked out with the Planning staff.
Ms. Pierce seconded the motion.
The motion passed unanimously by a vote of 8-0-0.

Mr. Hake moved to replace the existing soffit with new similar material.
Ms. Hetico seconded the motion.
The motion passed unanimously by a vote of 8-0-0.

Mr. Pearson moved to approve the wall material being a vertical Hardie panel as shown in the packet on the top of the building with a stone veneer produced by Gen Stone with an integrated cap as shown in the packet which would be on the lower portion of the wall.
Mr. Henn seconded the motion.
The motion passed unanimously by a vote of 8-0-0.

Mr. Henn moved to deny the placement of awnings over the windows on front the elevation.
Mr. Hake seconded the motion.
The motion passed unanimously by a vote of 8-0-0.

V. Staff Comments
A. Provide update to the Commission on case HC 17-02 (621 4th Street – Replacement of Siding.
B. Provide update to the Commission on the Preservation Plan.
C. Provide update to the Commission on the Historic Resources Survey.

Korrie Becht, Senior Planner, provided a presentation on staff comments to the Commissioners.

VI. Commissioner’s Comments
Ms. Hetico stated a creek between Illinois and Iowa was going to be auctioned off in the Historic District.
Mr. Pearson talked about the history of the streets in the Historic District.
Ms. Henderson stated concerns for flooding in the Historic District.


VII. Adjournment
Ms. McDougal adjourned the meeting at 7:44 p.m.

CERTIFICATE


_______________________________________ _____________________________________
Kris Carpenter, Planning Manager                        Ms. Steph McDougal
                                                                               Chair, Historic District Commission