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League City City Council
by Garrett Bryce w/photos courtesy League City
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

League City City Council on Tuesday voted 4-3, with Greg Gripon, Hank Dugie and Keith Gross opposed, to approve an ordinance amending the city's Zoning Ordinance to make changes to the Downtown Revitalization area by creating the Old Towne District and the Old Towne District -Transitional zoning districts.

The item had been previously postponed by the city council to allow more time for residents and property owners in the area to be affected by the changes to provide feedback.

The districts are intended to “enhance and establish historical character in the Main Street area, focusing on commercial, live-work, and upper floor residential uses.”

The transitional district allows for a range of residential, live-work, and lower intensity office and retail uses to function as a “buffer” between Main Street and the surrounding neighborhoods.

A public hearing was held prior to the item, with three speakers addressing the council regarding the item.

Council members spoke regarding favoring and opposing the item.

“This is probably one of the hardest decisions I've had so far as a councilman,” Gripon, who opposed the item, said. “Growing up here in League City, I've watched Main Street for many years. To me, what I'm voting on here, is completely changing the face of that area. It's going to be Main Street USA, and I've a problem with that.” Listen (11:31)

Council Member Hank Dugie said he “loved this plan” and approved what it would do for the area. However, he did not like the regulations it put on property owners.

“I have a real problem with telling property owners what they can and cannot do with their property,” Dugie said. “If this was a opt-in situation, where a property owner could choose to opt-in to this zoning as opposed to their current zoning, I would be in favor of it.”

Council Member Nick Long thanked the staff for working to notify residents and property owners regarding the proposed change. He said he grew up in League City as well, but had a different impression than Gripon.

“We can really make something incredibly special with our downtown,” Long said.

He said the zoning change would help “spark” the development of the downtown area.

Gross echoed Dugie's concerns regarding government regulation of what property owners can do with their property.

Mayor Pro Tem Todd Kinsey said he considered the zoning an “opt-in” as property owners only have to meet the new requirements if they purchase a new property or make changes to their existing property.

The city council postponed action regarding the replacement of seven piece of fleet equipment through various contracts, in an amount not to exceed $169,904.

The city council postponed action regarding the purchase of 31 vehicles and related equipment through various vendors and contracts, in an amount not to exceed $1,055,154.

The items will be considered at the next council meeting.

The city council took no action regarding a construction agreement with SOLitude Lake Management, LLC for the GENCO Canal Aeration & Vegetation Management Project. The item was pulled from the agenda.

The city council voted 5-2, with Gripon and Gross opposed, to approve an amendment to a professional services agreement with WSP USA, Inc. for the North Extension of Landing Boulevard Project to add additional environmental services to the contract.

The city council voted 6-1, with Gross opposed, to adopt the city's Parks, Trails, and Open Space Master Plan.

The city council took no action regarding the potential purchase or sale of real property interests. The item was pulled from the agenda.

The city council took no action resulting from executive session discussions regarding the granting of a solid waste franchise within the city.

The city council voted unanimously to adopt a motion to authorize staff to proceed with paying over-assessment refunds using the proportionate method utilized by Judge Lonnie Cox for the mentioned funds, as discussed in closed session regarding the City of League City vs. Standard Pacific Homes, et al.

All other items were approved by unanimous vote. Mayor Pat Hallisey was absent from the meeting. Agenda

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