CITY OF LEAGUE CITY
Thursday, August 20, 2015 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:
Michael Hendershot, ex-officio. Elizabeth Schroeder
Steph McDougal Peter Guglielmo
Ryan Granata, Planning Manager
Matthew Grooms, Planner
Richard Werbiskis, Assistant Director of Planning and Zoning
II. Approval of Minutes
A. June 18, 2015
Dick Calkins moved to approve the minutes of June 18, 2015.
David Hake seconded the motion.
Motion passed 6-0-0.
III. Public Hearing & Action Items
A. Hold a public hearing and take action on HC 15-10, Walding Station, a request to modify the entrance of a lease space, modifying the door, adding an awning, and potentially wooden shutters, located at the northeast intersection of East Main Street and Perkins Avenue with the address of 100 Perkins Avenue.
Matthew Grooms, Planner, presented for the City of League City.
The request is for a Certificate of Appropriateness on a structure located at 100 Perkins Avenue. The applicant is proposing to remove the existing entry-way and replace it with an enhanced entry-way, consisting of a large mahogany door with glass panels and a sheet metal awning, windstorm engineered, designed to complement the existing façade. This design fits within the style of Architecture known as National Folk, permitted as one of the acceptable architectural styles in the RNC Overlay Zoning Ordinance. The modifications also fit the Design and Materials Guidelines. City staff recommends approval of the modification.
Mr. Calkins – Will the two windows be installed or not?
Mr. Grooms – They will not.
Gary Walding (Applicant) – 2390 Sabal Park Lane – This will be an entry way for another tenant. While we had wanted to put windows in, the configuration of this entrance would not reasonably allow for it. Once the proposed work here is completed, we may add a thin shutter on either side of the door to match the facades found elsewhere on site.
Mr. Hake – On the other building, is this façade on the same side or the opposite side?
Mr. Walding – It’s on the same side.
Mr. Walding – These buildings have an industrial look along Perkins Avenue, while the railroad side is very appealing to the eye. We would like to match the Perkins Avenue side to that of the Railroad side.
Ms. Dudney – Will you be removing that center brick, the division between the two doors?
Mr. Walding – No. The door on the right will be bricked over, with the door on the left being replaced with this larger entryway.
The public hearing was opened at 6:16 PM.
Jay Ewend – 1013 E Main Street – The work done by Mr. Walding is always first class, and this development is a welcome addition to Main Street.
The public hearing was closed at 6:17 PM.
David Hake made a motion to approve the appropriateness of design.
Ms. Dudney seconded the motion.
The motion passed 5-0-0.
IV. New Business
A. Staff presentation on federal and state laws that impact historic preservation.
Ryan Granata, Planning Manager, presented a detailed summary of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Code. The purpose of this presentation was to give an overview of those facets of the code, directly applicable to the Main Street Redevelopment Project, under proposal for the City of League City. As the City will be utilizing federal funds in this project, primarily CDBG funds granted by HUD, it must adhere to all applicable federal laws. In the course of this presentation, staff identified what constituted a federal project, as well as how to define the Area of Potential Effect (APE). These effects include direct effects (ex. demolition), indirect effects (ex. changing the character of an area) and cumulative effects (ex. expansion of a road). Once this is completed, consulting parties are identified, including the Texas Historic Preservation Office and local governments. Once these constituents have been identified, an assessment of the impact is completed and shared amongst the consulting parties. This assessment may find either no adverse effect or an adverse effect. If an adverse effect is identified, it is requested that if at all possible, the project mitigate against projected impacts.
Ms. McDougal, Commissioner, discussed a project in which she as a consultant undertook a Section 106 project in the City of Freeport, Texas. In this project, Ms. McDougal along with other consulting parties, identified opportunities to prevent the demolition of a swing bridge, rare within the United States. Ultimately, they were unable to do so, but by using Section 106, were able to facilitate the development of a fully functioning swing bridge in its place.
Matthew Grooms, Planner, presented a detailed summary of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). This act requires all Federal Agencies and their representatives to prepare a detailed statement of environmental impact for all projects utilizing federal funding that are determined to impact the quality of the human environment. Under this act, quality of the human environment, include cultural resources, or those sites, structures and buildings deemed important to the culture of a specific area.
Matthew Grooms, Planner, presented a detailed summary of the Antiquities Code of Texas. This code requires state agencies and political subdivisions to notify the THC of ground disturbing activity on public land. This act also creates a new protective designation, the State Antiquities Landmark. Projects that would fall under the purview of this code include the construction or expansion of a park or other public facilities. The thresholds that would bring this code into effect are if five or more acres of ground are disturbed, if 5,000 or more cubic yards of earth are moved, if the project occurs within a historic district or other designated historic site, or if it affects a recorded archeological site. The THC will have 30 days to review any project and provide comments on how to proceed once this code has been triggered.
B. Commission discussion on potential amendments to the Zoning Ordinance regarding the –HDC overlay and duties of the Historic Commission.
Member of the Historic District Commission and City Staff discussed opportunities to streamline and revise those ordinances directly applicable to the commission and historic district as a whole. Staff discussed the possibility of increasing the purview of administrative review. For example, under the current ordinances, HDC approval of signs is solely based on the material used. Staff could review signs and ensure compliance with all applicable ordinances without HDC approval, freeing up staff for other work and reducing approval timelines.
The commissioners discussed a number of shortcomings found in the existing ordinances.
1. Two overlay districts, RNC and HC, very similar in purpose, could be condensed into one.
2. The requirements for being voted into the Historic District are far more rigorous than most other historic district requirements.
3. Lack of standard terminology.
4. The Design and Materials Guidelines are incomplete and confusing to property owners.
5. Styles of architecture permitted under RNC Overlay.
V. Commissioner Comments
Mr. Hake – I appreciate the presentation given by staff. I would like to request another session like this, where we can discuss the zoning requirements of the RNC and the Historic District.
Ms. Dudney – I would like to thank staff for the binders.
Mr. Walding – I didn’t get a binder. Our last meeting, we talked about voting for a Vice Chair, is that something we can do tonight.
Ms. McDougal – It has to be on the agenda for us to take action.
Mr. Walding – Please add that to the agenda for next month.
VI. Staff Comments
Mr. Granata – We do have a new City Attorney, who is in-house now. He is working on going through each of the boards and commissions to provide Commissioner. The attorney would like to do this on an annual basis.
Mr. Werbiskis – The owners of All About Plumbing appealed the decision made by this body to deny their Certificate of Appropriateness. ZBA upheld the decision made by HDC.
Mr. Hake – Are you coaching them?
Mr. Werbiskis – We’re coaching them, but they were well aware from the previous meetings.
Ms. McDougal – This was there fourth time. I’m pleased the ZBA upheld our decision.
Meeting adjourned at 7:40 PM.
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Mr. Richard Werbiskis Mr. Peter Guglielmo
City Planner Chair, Historic District Commission
Date minutes approved: ___________________