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League City City Council
by Garrett Bryce w/photos courtesy League City
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

League City City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to adopt the city's land use assumptions, projecting the growth and development in the city for a 10-year period.

The assumptions are used in formulating capital recovery fees, which are charged to developers. The fees are required to be updated every five years, and based on land use assumptions.

A public hearing was held prior to consideration of the item.

Freese and Nichols provided presentation on the land use assumptions for the 2017-2027 timeframe, predicting a 3.4 percent growth rate, with population projected to reach 143,386 by 2027, compared to city's current population of 102,635. Land Use Assumptions

Council Member Larry Millican spoke as a citizen during the hearing, noting he was a proponent of planning the city's land use.

“I believe that we need to, as a city, develop a land use program and zoning to go along with that, to where we can decide as citizens and as a city what we want our city to look like in the future,” Millican said, noting that the city had “grand opportunities” with areas of the city not yet developed, particularly in the west area where the Grand Parkway is proposed to go through the town. Listen (23:45)

Millican pointed out the traffic issues in the city, such as at the intersection of FM 518 and Interstate Highway 45, the League City Parkway and FM 646.

“All of those grand chokepoints are nothing more than the expansion without a plan, and without the development of impact fees,” Millican said.

Other citizens spoke, noting the need for roadway and drainage impact fees to be charged to those developing property within the city.

The city council voted 4-3, with Hank Dugie, Greg Gripon and Keith Gross opposed, to approve, on final reading, an ordinance creating the Olde Towne Districts and amending the Zoning Ordinance to create a form based code for the Downtown Revitalization Area.

The city council voted unanimously to approve the purchase of 23 vehicles through various vendors and state contracts, for a total of $794,366.

The item was approved with the addition of three Tahoe vehicles, with equipment for the Fire Marshal's Office, adding $138,480 to the cost.

The city council postponed action regarding casting the city's ballots for the election of members to the Galveston Central Appraisal District Board of Directors. The item was postponed to provide more time for council members to receive background information on candidates for the board.

Scott Brast, Victor Pierson, Clay Morrison, David Moss and Kevin Corcoran are seeking re-election to the five-member board, and Vaun Henry, Mary Trish Hanks, Roney McCrary and Bruce Clawson have also been nominated for election to the board. Galveston County Tax Assessor-Collector Cheryl Johnson also serves on the board as an ex-officio member. Taxing entities in Galveston County may cast a number of ballots based on their percentage of the overall tax levy of the county.

The city council voted unanimously to cast the city's ballot in favor of electing Mike Sullivan to the Harris County Appraisal District Board of Directors. Sullivan would represent cities other than Houston on the board. Houston appoints its own member to the board.

The city council took no action regarding adoption of a new salary grade chart for non-civil service employees and a new salary step chart for civil service employees.

The item will be considered at the January 9 council meeting.

The city council took no action resulting from executive session discussions regarding an offer of a financial or other incentive to a business prospect that seeks to locate, stay or expand in the city.

All other items were approved by unanimous vote. Mayor Pat Hallisey remains absent. Mayor Pro Tem Todd Kinsey presided over the meeting. Agenda

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