Zoning Board of Adjustments
January 8, 2009
League City Council
200 West Walker Street
Call to order and Roll
call of members
II. Approval of
December 4, 2008
The Swearing in of Witnesses
Conduct a public hearing and take action on ZBA08-55 (Coffee
Bistro), a variance request to waive the parking requirements (Schedule
125-170.D) for a limited service eating and drinking establishment on
approximately 0.474 acres zoned “CN” (Neighborhood Commercial), legally
described as Tract 2, Restricted Reserve A of the Meadow Bend, Section 2
Subdivision, generally located south of Farm to Market Road 518 and west of
Meadow Parkway, with the approximate address being 109 Meadow Parkway, Suite B.
Recognition for Mr. Joseph Tannos’s 7 years of service on the Zoning
Board of Adjustments.
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, THIS THE 5th DAY OF JANUARY, 2009
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.
LaSHONDRA HOLMES, AICP
CITY OF LEAGUE CITY
ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS
THURSDAY JANUARY 08, 2009 at 6:00 P.M.
200 WEST WALKER
Call to order and Roll call of members
Mr. Christiansen called the meeting to order at 6:04 p.m.
Members present: Members
James R. Christiansen, Chair Ian
Hobart Q. Sibley
G. Wesley Wray
Mark Linenschmidt, Senior
Rodney Glasper, Planner
Susan Wologo, Recording
Approval of Minutes
December 04, 2008
Mr. Sibley made a motion
to approve the December 04, 2008 minutes as written.
Mr. Wray seconded the
The motion passed with a
vote of 4-0-1 with Mr. Switzer Abstaining.
Swearing in of Witnesses
Mr. Christiansen swore in
the witnesses, stating this is a quasi-judicial board, which is being recorded
and therefore anybody that speaks should be aware it is considered testimony.
Any appeal of the decision by the Board of Adjustment must be filed with the
Court of Competent Jurisdiction within 10 days of the date of the decision
rendered by this board.
a public hearing and take action on ZBA08-55 (Coffee Bistro), a variance
request to waive the parking requirements (Schedule 125-170.D) for a limited
service eating and drinking establishment on approximately 0.474 acres zoned
“CN” (Neighborhood Commercial), legally described as Tract 2, Restricted
Reserve A of the Meadow Bend, Section 2 Subdivision, generally located south of
Farm to Market Road 518 and west of Meadow Parkway, with the approximate
address being 109 Meadow Parkway, Suite B.
Glasper restated the staff report with considerations for the Board.
Sibley inquired as to how many parking spaces the City Ordinance required at
the time the strip center was constructed.
Linenschmidt referred to condition #7 in the staff report which states that the
old ordinance, under which the property was developed, required 1 space per 125
Switzer inquired about the parking for Swanola’s Tea Room which occupied the
lease space previously.
Linenschmidt advised he did not have the details pertaining to the previous
business but would look into it and report back to the Board.
Glasper reiterated that the tenant is usually unaware of the parking
requirements until they apply for the Operations Permit.
Wray asked if there was an existing agreement between tenants in terms of sharing
the 19 parking spaces.
Linenschmidt advised that the Zoning Ordinance does address it and it usually
requires an application that goes through the special use process.
Christiansen inquired as to whether the variance would be for the specific
location or for the applicant to utilize the space.
Linenschmidt clarified that if the variance is granted it will be for this
specific business in this specific location.
Christiansen opened the public portion of the hearing at 6:18 p.m.
Barton with First Houston Realty came forward and stated that the Coffee
Bistro’s peak hours of operation would be between 5:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. and
that the other businesses in the shopping center do not open until 10:00 a.m.
Ms. Barton explained that a variance would still be required for a retail
business since four spaces are required for each business. Ms. Barton further stated
that because of the Coffee Bistro’s peak hours of operation, she believes it is
the most conducive business for this particular location in the shopping
Switzer asked if the area on the side of the building could be utilized for
Barton advised that the right of way along the side of the building belongs to Mr.
Steve Bridges of State Farm.
Sauerwein, Owner of the Coffee Bistro, came forward and added that his
customers will probably spend a minimal amount time in the parking lot since the
majority of his business will be take out. He further added that since he only
lives two blocks away himself, he does not intend on using a parking space but
plans to walk to work instead.
Feldt, 2822 Meadow Brook Court, came forward
with concerns regarding the lack of handicap parking, the increase of traffic during
the weekend, and safety being his primary concern; specifically of children
waiting for the bus.
Sibley brought up the possibility of closing the open area between the shopping
center and the adjacent Valero store to reduce cut through traffic as well as
create additional parking.
Linenschmidt responded stating that the applicant and staff discussed various
options in a feasibility review, including the possibility of adding parking
through a site plan revision and requesting a variance. Mr. Linenschmidt
further stated that ultimately this would be the applicant’s decision.
Christiansen asked Mr. Linenschmidt to address Mr. Feldt’s concern regarding
the required number of handicap spaces.
Linenschmidt responded stating that the City of League City does not have an ordinance
regarding required number of handicap spaces but rather it is State enforced.
no other comments from the public, Mr. Christiansen closed the public portion
of the hearing at 6:37 p.m.
Christiansen called for a motion.
Sibley made a motion to approve ZBA08-55 (Coffee Bistro) with the stipulation
that the applicant provide No Parking signs on Meadow Parkway per City code requirements.
Tannos seconded the motion.
discussion was held regarding the motion and the issue of older businesses and
homes becoming nonconforming within new zoning ordinance requirements.
motion to approve ZBA08-55 (Coffee Bistro) with the stipulation that the
applicant provide No Parking signs on Meadow Parkway per City code
requirements passed unanimously with a vote of 5-0-0.
V. Other Business
Recognition for Mr. Joseph Tannos’ 7 years of service on the Zoning
Board of Adjustments.
and the Commissioners presented Commissioner Tannos with a plaque recognizing
his seven and a half years of service on the Zoning Board of Adjustment.
of the Meeting
Mr. Sibley made a motion to
adjourn the meeting.
Mr. Christiansen seconded the motion.
Mr. Christiansen adjourned
the meeting at 6:49 p.m.
Mark Linenschmidt, James
Chair, Zoning Board of Adjustment
Date minutes approved: ___________________