Historic Resources Survey

Historic Resources Survey - Draft Report

The draft survey will be presented to the Historic Commission to receive comments on May 17, 2018 at 6 p.m. at Council Chambers - 200 W Walker Street. 

About Historic Resources Surveys

"A Historic Resources Survey is a systematic method of documenting historic resources through fieldwork and research. Each historic resource is documented with photographs, maps, and a written description on a form. Undertaking a survey to identify historic resources acknowledges that these resources have value to the community and future generations. Historic resources provide character, continuity and a sense of uniqueness to the community. A survey is fundamental to historic preservation because it results in the identification of historic resources, helps determine which of those resources should be preserved and can be essential in shaping local ordinances, guidelines or downtown master plans to protect these resources. The purpose of completing a local survey is to gather the information needed to plan for the wise use of a community's resources. Historic resources are districts, sites, buildings, structures and objects that are significant in American history, architecture, archeology, engineering and culture." Source:Texas Historical Commission

The City will use the results of the survey to determine the historical context of Old League City. The results may lead to a change in the Historic District boundaries and future amendments to the Zoning Ordinance.

Who Conducts Surveys

The City of League City has contracted Cox|McLain Environmental Consulting (CMEC) of Austin, Texas, to complete a historic resources survey for the City.

The Survey Process
CMEC will photo-document each historic-age property from the public right-of-way and record details about its architectural style, exterior materials, and alterations. CMEC historians will also conduct research on important associations for the buildings in the survey area (for example, homes or businesses of important people and locations of important events).

Historians from CMEC will be in League City to perform the survey and conduct local research during the week of October 30, 2017. Please feel free to speak to the historians and ask questions if you see them in your neighborhood, but keep in mind that they will be operating on a schedule.

Where Consultants Survey

CMEC will document all historic-age buildings (built in 1970 and earlier) within the City's Historic District (PDF), as well as an additional survey area outside the boundaries of the current district.

Survey Boundaries & Properties

If your property is within the survey boundary and was built in 1970 or earlier, your property will be surveyed. If your property is located within the survey boundary and was built in 1971 or later, your property will not be surveyed. This survey will not change the boundaries of the Historic District.

For historic-age buildings in the current Historic District boundary, CMEC will make a determination of whether or not a building is contributing or non-contributing towards the Historic District. For properties outside of the current Historic District boundary, but within the survey boundary, CMEC will provide recommendations about whether each historic-age building could contribute to the current Historic District, if it were to be extended

Following the survey, CMEC will submit inventory forms for each property, and prepare a report with recommendations regarding the eligibility of properties for the National Register of Historic Places, as well as a potential adjustment to the boundary of the local historic district. The results of the survey will be presented to the public in the Spring of 2018. Any change to the boundaries of the Historic District will require a public hearing and approval by the City Council.

What You Can Do

CMEC historians welcome input from the public regarding property histories and identification of significant buildings. Historic photographs, stories, and other information may be emailed to CMEC historians.

For more information, contact the Planning Department at 281-554-1080.