6/12/2012 6:01:00 AM RUFFF returns to Planning and Zoning agenda For the sixth time, sanctuary will plead its case for a use permit
Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa Miner Staff Reporter
KINGMAN - For the sixth time in two years, Rescue Unwanted Furry Friends Foundation will plead its case for a zoning use permit before the Mohave County Planning and Zoning Commission on Wednesday.
Sanctuary owner Hillary Allison and the county have been locked in a legal battle since the county filed a temporary injunction against her in 2010 for not having a valid zoning or health permit.
Allison has been granted at least two six-month temporary zoning use permits in order to work with both the Planning and Zoning and Environment Health staff to bring the sanctuary in compliance, but she says she is stuck in a catch-22.
The Board of Supervisors ruled in November that it wouldn't grant her the zoning permit without a health permit, but county ordinances state she can't get the health permit without the zoning permit. She said she has attempted to meet every requirement made by the two departments, but they keep coming up with new ones.
In November, Superior Court Judge Lee Jantzen denied the county's request for a permanent injunction, which would have closed RUFFF. Instead, he extended the county's temporary injunction and ordered the two sides to work together to bring the sanctuary into compliance before November 2012.
Allison appeared before the Commission again on May 9. At that time, Planning and Zoning staff pointed out that it did not have a valid site plan for the sanctuary or permit applications for the two travel trailers on the property.
Allison was ordered to submit a corrected site plan for the sanctuary in 2006. According to staff, she never did.
The Commission continued the item for 30 days in order to allow Allison to submit a corrected site plan and applications for the two travel trailers.
According to information provided to the Commission, Allison met with staff about the site plan on May 17 and submitted a site plan for review on May 25.
Staff is recommending approval of the zoning use permit for RUFFF with the following stipulations:
Allison get approval of a site plan and a health permit for RUFFF within six months of the Board of Supervisors approving a zoning use permit for the sanctuary.
The Commission limits the number of animals on the property to no more than 200 dogs and no more than 100 cats.
Any application for renewal of the zoning use permit must be submitted before the current permit expires in July 2014.
Allison applies for permits for the two travel trailers on the property.
RUFFF meet all requirements of the Mohave County Planning and Zoning, Building and Environmental Health departments.
The Commission will also consider on Wednesday:
A request from Kingman Regional Medical Center for a ground-mounted, 94-kilowatt solar array for its medical center in Golden Valley.
A petition of exception for an RV park near Hackberry. The park's owner is asking for an exception to the county ordinance that requires RV parks to be sited on at least two acres of land. The site is only 1.86 acres in size.
Two requests for above-ground propane storage tanks. One in Dolan Springs at the corner of Pierce Ferry and Bullhead roads, the other is west of Interstate 40 and south of Dean Drive in Yucca. Both property owners indicate they want to use the tanks to start a small business.
Two requests for helicopter landing zones. One is located east of Diamond Bar Road and around 12 miles east of Pierce Ferry Road near Grand Canyon West. The other is located adjacent to the Last Chance Gas Stop on U.S. 93. Five residents of Triangle Airpark, located north of the gas station, have raised concerns about flight patterns in the area.
A request from staff to allow accessory structures in multiple-residential zones such as apartment buildings.
A request from staff to amend county ordinances to allow "learning centers" or tutoring centers in commercial zones.
A request from staff to list the minimum level of information required to review a zoning application to include clearly identifying the applicant and the property; proof of ownership of the property if the applicant is not listed as the owner on the county's records; written consent of the property owner to apply for the zoning change, if they are not the property owner; and clearly describing what the applicant wants to do with the property. Failure to provide the necessary information would result in the application being put on hold until the information was provided.
The Commission meets at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the County Administration Building, 700 W. Beale St.