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Galveston County
League City City Council
by Garrett Bryce w/photos courtesy League City
Wednesday, August 09, 2017

League City City Council on Tuesday voted 6-1, with Mayor Pat Hallisey opposed, to amend the city's Zoning Ordinance to clarify requirements for group homes.

A public hearing was held prior to consideration of the item. No members of the public requested to speak. However, League City City Attorney Nghiem Doan discussed the item, noting the amendments came in response to a complaint filed with the Department of Justice concerning group home permitting policies in the city. Doan said lawyers expressed four main concerns with the ordinance. Listen (11:33)

“They all fall under the concern of these homes are intended to be allowed to locate within a residential neighborhood, and from the outside you should not be able to tell a difference,” Doan said.

The requirements that were at issue included parking located along the side or back of the lot, no parking in the front, a requirement for certain kinds of fencing around the parking area.

“That different treatment, that's the type of discrimination that the DOJ had concern with,” he said.

He also noted that there were issues with spacing requirements and definition overlap.

Council Member Nick Long said he would vote for the item, stating the city had “no choice.”

“I think it's a real shame that the federal government comes in and micro-manages the city,” Long said.

Hallisey also had issue with both the state and federal government taking control on issues.

“I have a problem with the legislature taking away local control on issues and I think the federal government taking away local control on issues is not conducive to good government,” he said, calling the amendments a “tough pill to swallow.”

The city council voted unanimously to appoint J'Nean Henderson to the Historic Commission.

The city council voted 6-1, with Larry Millican opposed, to postpone action regarding an agreement with Progressive Commercial Aquatics for the purchase of a pool blanket for the Hometown Heroes Park swimming pool, in an amount not to exceed $55,880.

The city council voted unanimously to deny a motion to accept municipal infrastructure for Pinncal Park Drive.

The city council voted 5-2, with Keith Gross and Hallisey opposed, to approve a professional services agreement with Kimley-Horn for the League City Parkway and Brittany Lakes Drive/Fennigan Lane Traffic System Improvement Project, in an amount not to exceed $128,000.

The city council discussed, but took no action regarding the regulation of wireless infrastructure in the public right-of-way pursuant to the recently adopted Senate Bill 1004 by the Texas Legislature.

The bill places restrictions on municipalities regarding the construction, development, and maintenance of network structures or wireless facilities in public rights-of-way.

The city council took no action regarding the potential purchase or sale of real property or regarding contemplated litigation concerning Senate Bill 1004. The action items were pulled from the agenda.

Executive sessions to discuss the items, as well as to discuss potential litigation from the United States Department of Justice regarding group homes, were also pulled from the agenda.

All other items were approved by unanimous vote. Council Member Todd Kinsey was absent. Agenda

During the meeting, Finance Committee Chair Tom Crews gave a presentation regarding the committee. Listen (8:11)




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