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Historic Commission
Regular Meeting
March 15, 2018
6:00 PM
City Council Chambers, 200 W. Walker Street

I.                    Call to Order and Roll Call of Members

II.                 Approval of Minutes

A.     January 18, 2018

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.       Other Business

A.       Conduct a workshop to receive training from the Deputy City Attorney on Robert's Rules of Order and the roles and responsibilities of the Historic Commission.

V.        Public Hearing and Action Items

A.     Hold a public hearing and take action on a Certificate of Appropriateness (HC-17-0008), a request to allow for the installation of siding, windows, roofing, lighting, doors, and a porch extension related to proposed residential additions and exterior improvements on an existing single-family dwelling located along the east side of N. Illinois Avenue, between E. Main Street and 2nd Street, with the address 120 N. Illinois Avenue.

VI.          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 fencing that deviates from the transparency and height requirements on a single-family residential property located along the west side of N. Kansas Avenue, between 4th Street and Coryell Street, with the address 403 N. Kansas Avenue.

VII.          Commissioner's Comments

VIII.       Staff Comments

IX.            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 MARCH, 2018, 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, March 15, 2018 at 6:00 P.M.

City Council Chambers

200 West Walker Street

I.              Call to Order and Roll Call of Members of Historic Commission

Ms. Steph McDougal opened the meeting at 6:00 PM.

 

Members present:

Members absent:

   Steph McDougal, Chairperson

   Daniel Henn

J’Nean Henderson

Elizabeth Hetico Schroeder

Ric Pearson

Susan Pierce

Davie Hake

Michael Hendershot

 

 

City Representatives:

Frankie Legaux, Assistant Director of Planning and Development

Kris Carpenter, Planning Manager

Kayla Davis, Planner

Michelle Villarreal, Deputy City Attorney

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 










II.                
Approval of Minutes

A.   January 18, 2018

Ms. Pierce made a motion to approve the January 18, 2018 minutes as presented.

Mr. Henn seconded the motion.

The motion passed by a vote of 4-0-1.

*Mr. Hake abstained from voting.

 

III.           Citizen Communication

No citizens spoke.

IV.              Other Business

A.     Conduct a workshop to receive training from the Deputy City Attorney on Robert’s Rules of Order       and the roles and responsibilities of the Historic Commission.

    Kris Carpenter asked the commissioners to consider the public hearing and action items and the new business items prior to the workshop so the citizens would not have to wait through the training.

    Ms. Villarreal, Deputy City Attorney, stated that a motion to suspend the rules and change the order must be made.

  

   Mr. Hake made a motion to suspend the rules and change the order.

 Ms. Pierce seconded the motion.

 The motion passed by a vote of 5-0-0.

Michelle Villareal gave a presentation on Robert’s Rules of Order and Responsibilities after the public hearing and action items and the new business items.

V.      Public Hearing and Action Items

    A.  Hold a public hearing and take action on a Certificate of Appropriateness (HC-17-0008), a request to allow for the installation of siding, windows, roofing, lighting, doors, and a porch extension related to proposed residential additions and exterior improvements on an existing single-family dwelling located along the east side of N. Illinois Avenue, between E. Main Street and 2nd Street, with the address 120 N. Illinois Avenue.

    Kris Carpenter, Planning Manager, gave a presentation on behalf of League City.

        Mr. Hake stated that the first page of the packet given to the commissioners indicates that the structure does not meet three of the criteria items found in the Ordinance 125-85-B and asked what those criteria were.

Mr. Carpenter replied that he would investigate it and provide the ordinance information to the commissioners after the meeting.

          Mr. Hake asked if all the siding was going to be replaced or only what is needed.

          Mr. Carpenter replied that all the siding would be replaced.

          Ms. McDougal asked if there was a site plan or an existing porch to compare with the buildout of the new porch.

          Mr. Carpenter replied that the existing front porch was proposed to be extended toward the street by eight feet.

          Mr. Henn asked if the porch would be enclosed.

          Mr. Carpenter replied that the new porch would not be enclosed but would have a wood railing around it.

          Ms. McDougal asked if there would be a door entering the house from the porch.

          Mr. Estes, the applicant, replied yes, the door entry was existing on the structure of the house.

          Ms. McDougal asked if the door and entry way would be preserved on the house.

          Mr. Estes replied that a new wood door would be installed for entry to the house.

          Ms. McDougal asked if there are two additional doors to the house: one in the front of the addition and one in the rear next to the garage. She also asked if the two front doors would be the same.

          Mr. Estes replied yes, the doors would be wood French doors.

          Ms. McDougal stated that the scallop trim for the gable would not fit the time period in which this house was built, and siding would be a better choice for the time period of this house.

          Mr. Estes replied that the neighborhood surrounding the house being renovated has a 1900-time period style. 

Mr. Estes expressed a desire to finish the porch and keep the gable with that theme. 

Ms. McDougal opened the public hearing at 6:32 p.m.

Ms. McDougal closed the public hearing at 6:32 p.m.

Mr. Hake made a motion to approve the Certificate of Appropriateness.

Ms. Pierce seconded the motion.

         The motion passed by a vote of 5-0-0.

V.           New Business

           A. The Historic Commission shall provide comments to the Planning and Zoning Commission for a deviation from the “RNC” (Residential Neighborhood Conservation) Standard to allow for the construction of fencing that deviates from the transparency and height requirements on a single-family residential property located along the west side of  N. Kansas Avenue, between 4th Street and Coryell Street, with the address 403 N. Kansas Avenue.

            Kayla Davis, Planner, gave a presentation on behalf of League City.

            Ms. McDougal asked what Code Enforcement was doing to clean the debris in the alley way

            behind the applicant’s house.

            Mr. Carpenter replied that the project manager was working with Code Enforcement on cleaning up the debris in the alley way.

            Mr. Hake noted that item # 6 of Staff Findings stated that there are 35 houses in the Historic District that have similar compositions to the proposed fence.

            Mr. Carpenter replied that the proposed fence was not the only fence in the area that was over 6-feet tall and solid.

            Ms. Davis replied that the applicant chose materials that replicated other fences in the Historic District.

            Ms. McDougal replied that the commission was not considering what was in place before the ordinance.

            Mr. Hake commented that item #7 of Staff Findings, stated that a solid screen was consistent with existing development patterns throughout the Historic District, which was not relevant.

            Mr. Carpenter replied that the decision rendered was that there are solid fences in the Historic District.

            Mr. Carpenter stated that the ordinance was scheduled to be revised in its entirety this year.

            Ms. McDougal replied that when that happens, then the commission can make decisions based on the revised ordinance.

           Ms. McDougal asked if the applicant built a fence after being denied a building permit and Code Enforcement issued a violation for work without a permit.

           Mr. Hake asked if there was a conflict between the buffer yard fence requirement for a solid fence between commercial and residential and the RNC Overlay’s 50-percent transparency requirement.

          Mr. Carpenter replied that a fence was not required for a buffer but if the developer provided an eight-foot solid fence it would reduce the landscape buffer by five-feet.

          Ms. Pierce asked when the applicant was notified about the violation.

          Mr. Carpenter replied that Code Enforcement left door hangers and notified the applicant in writing about the violation during the construction of the fence.

         Ms. Pierce stated that the picket fence was acceptable, but the solid 8-foot fence was not necessary.

Ms. Pierce asked why the applicant wanted the fence to be 1 foot taller.

          Ms. Davis replied that the applicant stated that they wanted to screen the debris and shed that was in the alley way.

          Ms. McDougal asked what the commissioners’ recommendations to the Planning and Zoning Commission should be.

          Ms. Villarreal replied that the commission would vote on a statement to recommend the item or not and the chair would sign the document with the recommendation, which would be included in the staff reports given to the Planning and Zoning Commission.

Mr. Henn asked if the new picket fence spacing was the same as the existing fence.

               Ms. Davis replied that the spacing and height are the same as the existing fence.

               Mr. Hake asked if a 7-foot fence would be in compliance.

               Ms. Davis replied that it would be in compliance with the height requirement but not the transparency requirement.

Mr. Pearson made a motion to approve the picket fence.

Mr. Hake seconded the motion.

The motion passed by a vote of 5-0-0

Mr. Hake made a motion to approve the solid fence in the back of this property.

Mr. Pearson seconded the motion.

Ms. McDougal stated that the fence is 8-feet in height and the ordinance requires the fence to be 7-feet in height and asked if there were any objections to this.

Ms. Pierce stated yes, there was no reason for the extra foot to be added to the fence.

Mr. Hake stated that there was no difference between a 7-foot fence or 8-foot fence.

Mr. Pearson stated that the requirement was 7-foot.

Mr. Henn stated that the fence should meet the requirement of 7-foot.

Ms. McDougal stated that the commission does not recommend approval for the 8-foot fence; it should be 7-foot as required.

Ms. McDougal stated that one option would be to have the applicant remove every other board to achieve the 50-percent transparency or to have some other type of transparency that varies from the 50-percent requirement that the commissioners would approve.

Ms. McDougal stated that the fence could be solid to a certain height and then transparent after a certain point.

Ms. McDougal stated that the vertical members of the fence should be removed, and the fence boards should be reinstalled with 2 to 4-inch spacings for child protection; and the only pieces of the fence that would have to be modified are the vertical pieces.

Mr. Hake made an amended motion to approve the fence with the conditions to reduce the height of the fence to 7-feet and to reconfigure the vertical fence boards to have a spacing between 2 to 4 inches.

Mr. Pearson seconded the motion.

The motion passed by a vote of 5-0-0.

                         

VI.        Commissioner’s Comments

Ms. Pierce stated that a female person called her home phone and did not identify herself about attending the Historic Commission meeting on March 15, 2018.

VII.        Staff Comments

Kris Carpenter, Planning Manager, gave an update on the Historic Survey.

 

VIII.   Adjournment

Ms. McDougal adjourned the meeting at 6:00 p.m.

 

 

 

 

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Ms. Frankie Legaux AICP                                          Ms. Steph McDougal  

Assistant Director of Planning & Development           Chair, Historic District Commission