CITY OF LEAGUE CITY
Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 6:00 P.M.
City Council Chambers
I. Call to Order and Roll Call of Members of Historic Commission
Members present: Members absent:
Michael Hendershot Elizabeth Schroeder
Peter Guglielmo, Chairperson
II. Approval of Minutes
A. February 19, 2015
Dick Calkins motioned to comment on the minutes.
David Hake seconded the motion.
Dick Calkins wants to make sure the minutes reflect the acronyms meanings.
Steph McDougal will work with staff to update the acronym meanings as they pertain to the Historic Commission (HC).
David Hake motioned to approve the minutes of February 19, 2015.
Steph McDougal seconded the minutes.
Motion passed 6-0-0.
III. Public Hearing & Action Items
A. Consider and take action on HDC 15-03, 721 Third Street, a request to construct a two-story detached garage/bonus room on a developed residential property located at the southwest corner of Kansas Avenue and Third Street, with the address of 721 Third Street.
Ryan Granata presented for the City of League City.
Property has a home on it that was relocated from Beaumont Street, and appeared before the HC in 2013. In staff’s opinion, it meets the requirements of the Historic District and the Zoning of the property.
Peter Guglielmo opened the public hearing at 6:12 PM.
There were no speakers for the public hearing.
The public hearing was closed at 6:12 PM.
A discussion was held regarding the front build to range.
Kris Carpenter addressed the commission regarding the build to range in regards to the overlay and the zoning.
A discussion was held regarding the accessory structure windows and their uniformity to the main structure.
Ryan Granata addressed the commission and confirmed that they are in compliance with the window regulations. The windows for the accessory structure are in a similar style to the front and side of some of the house windows.
Michael Hendershot and Steph McDougal spoke on how the majority of the windows do match the style of the HC’s previously decided on guidelines.
Dick Calkins wanted to see if there were any guidelines regarding the driveway to make sure that the drainage issue of the district isn’t increased.
Peter Guglielmo stated that there is no hard fast requirement at this point to have any special drainage that isn’t already standard with the City guidelines, but that alternatives that help mitigate drainage problems are encouraged.
A discussion was held regarding the driveway approach and the guidelines that it must match the street the driveway is off of until it reaches the property line.
Fay Dudney motioned to approve HDC 15-03, 721 Third Street.
David Hake seconded the motion.
Motion passed 6-0-0.
B. Consider and take action on HDC 15-04, 201 Michigan Avenue, a request to construct a wall sign, located at the northwest intersection of Second Street and Michigan Avenue, with the address of 201 Michigan Avenue.
Kris Carpenter presented for the City of League City.
This item is actually New Business, and not a public hearing item.
Property is currently used as a church, and is requesting a 56 square foot wall sign. The sign request is consistent with the guidelines for the overlay area in both size and materials.
Fay Dudney asked if the City used the Preservation Plan when processing this request.
Kris Carpenter responded that the Preservation Plan is no longer in effect, a decision that was decided when the RNC standards were adopted by City Council.
A discussion regarding the appeal / replacement process of the Preservation Plan and the RNC was held.
Staff does recommend approval of the sign.
Peter Guglielmo asked if there were any color requirements / limitations for the signage.
Kris Carpenter responded that there are not sign color regulations, and it would be a colorful sign as pictured in the presentation.
Fay Dudney does not feel that the sign is in the spirit of the Historic District regulations, and would have to deny the request based on the colors of the sign as requested.
Kris Carpenter outlined the allowable sign regulations, and reiterated that it does meet all the requirements of the Zone District and Overlay District.
Steph McDougal motioned to approve HDC 15-04, 201 Michigan Avenue.
Gary Walding seconded the motion.
Motion passed 4-2-0.
IV. New Business
A. Take action on the annual goals as presented by the Historic Commission.
Steph McDougal addressed the commission on the response form the Texas Historical Commission (THC) for the Certified Local Government (CLG) status application. The City of League City made the application last month, and Brad Patterson, Director of Communities and Development division of THC, contacted Steph McDougal regarding some deficiencies in the City’s policies and programs that he (Brad) was hoping to approve conditionally so that CLG funds could be used to correct the deficiencies, but in the end, decided there were too many issues to approve the application conditionally as it was. The main items missing are an inventory (data and photographs) of the target area in the Historic District, a survey of the district, and updates to the ordinances, including updates to the styles and age designation requirements, and stronger historic district commissioner regulations.
Steph McDougal did go to the Texas Historic Commission, looking for a survey and did find some documents from the 1970’s and 1980’s.
The period of significance for the City of League City is 1965, 50 years back, and there are several properties that fall into that bucket.
Steph McDougal recommends setting up a workshop for the community to get involved in the surveying process, getting pictures and data from local residents, while educating citizens on programs and what is needed to be listed on the National Register. This process is mutually beneficial to the citizens by alleviating the cost burden on the citizens to get listed on the National Register while helping the city gather all the documentation needed as part of the CLG application. With all of this information, Steph McDougal recommends putting the survey at the top of the list as well as making headway on the necessary ordinance revisions.
David Hake believes that prioritizing ordinance revisions is most beneficial to the commission, the City of League City and the citizens.
Mike Hendershot believes prioritizing the survey would allow for a strong foundation for what is needed with the ordinance revisions.
Peter Guglielmo wants to get Mike Hendershot a voting seat on the commission.
Steph McDougal believes that starting from scratch with the ordinance revisions from a template that is used in several cities and then customizing it to League City would be easiest and most beneficial when tackling the ordinance revision. Steph McDougal asked Richard Werbiskis for his opinion.
Richard Werbiskis believes that starting with the survey would be priority, and then working on the ordinance revision and presenting it as a single action would be the best solution. Richard Werbiskis also informed commission on the changes to staffing, with Kris moving to Neighborhood Services, Ryan being the interim HC staff liaison, and two new planners coming on with the plan to have a new planner as the HC staff liaison in the near future.
Steph McDougal motioned to move forward with the survey.
Dick Calkins seconded the motion.
Motion passed 6-0-0.
V. Old Business
A. Consider and take action on electing a chairperson for the Historic Commission (Tabled from the February 19, 2015 meeting).
Gary Walding nominated Steph McDougal as chairperson.
Fay Dudney nominated Peter Guglielmo as chairperson.
Steph McDougal addressed the commission and stated that Peter told her after the January 2015 meeting that she should be the chairperson. She also stated that her goal is to have the meeting run in a professional manor, that someone with a firm understanding of the goals and tasks of the commission is able to address the council, and that she believes that consistency on how the meetings are being run are not a priority for the commission as is.
Dick Calkins motioned to proceed to a vote.
Fay Dudney seconded the motion.
All in favor to vote for Steph McDougal.
All opposed to Steph McDougal.
All in favor of Peter Guglielmo.
All opposed to Peter Guglielmo.
Peter Guglielmo has been re-voted as the new chairperson.
VI. Commissioners’ Comments
Peter Guglielmo welcomed the new commissioners David and Gary, and informed Stephanie that he appreciates what she brings to the meeting.
Fay Dudney also welcomed the new members.
Fay Dudney asked for clarification from staff regarding the current policies and procedures to reference for future meetings.
VII. Staff Comments
Richard Werbiskis stated that staff will prepare current policies and procedures for the Historic Commission, and provide them with binders at the next meeting.
Peter Guglielmo adjourned the meeting at 7:39 PM.
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Mr. Richard Werbiskis Mr. Peter Guglielmo
City Planner Chair, Historic District Commission
Date minutes approved: ___________________