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12/13/2012 6:01:00 AM
Kingman commission: Zoning shouldn't block business owner's plans
If everything goes according to Kevin Burgess’ plans, Kingman will get a second Superior Tire location in this area on Hualapai Mountain Road.
If everything goes according to Kevin Burgess’ plans, Kingman will get a second Superior Tire location in this area on Hualapai Mountain Road.

Ahron Sherman
Miner Staff Reporter

Correction: An earlier version of this story misspelled Harley Pettit's name.

Local businessman Kevin Burgess, who owns four Superior Tire locations in Mohave County, came one step closer to opening a fifth after clearing the first of two zoning hurdles Tuesday.

Burgess recently asked the city to amend its zoning rules for the Hualapai Mountain Road overlay district to allow tire and auto repair facilities by conditional use permit. City staff recommended otherwise, but once the Planning and Zoning Commissioners heard what Burgess had to say and spent a few minutes considering his request, they voted 4-0 to recommend to City Council that the change be made.

"You (have) a businessman here who's growing with Kingman," said local man Bruce Bollinger, who spoke in favor of the change during the discussion. "Let's take advantage of it."

Bollinger wasn't the only person who approached the dais to speak in favor of Burgess' request. Kingman Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Pam Wilkinson and Kingman resident Harley Pettit told the commission they supported the change.

Establishing this business on the Hualapai Mountain corridor may prompt other business owners to do the same, Pettit said.

Getting amenities to that part of town could clear some of the traffic problems on Stockton Hill Road, he added.

The Hualapai Mountain Road zoning district is an overlay district used to govern commercially zoned properties along Hualapai Mountain Road and Mission Boulevard. It was created in 2006 during a time of substantial growth.

The idea was to create a buffer zone between a high-traffic commercial area and the nearby residential neighborhoods, said commission chair Matt Ladendecker.

Ladendecker said he entered the meeting expecting to vote against the request, but once Burgess presented his intentions, Ladendecker changed his mind, especially since businesses like Superior Tire would only be allowed to set up shop in the area once they're approved for a conditional use permit. This gives the commission as well as City Council discretion to decide which businesses fit in the area and which ones don't.

"My thoughts would be different if a 6-foot block wall separated the business from someone's backyard," Ladendecker said.

Burgess assured the commission that he will meet the design and aesthetic standards of the zone.

"We do build a beautiful location," Burgess said. "We believe we can bring some value to the community."

The change the commission voted to recommend amends the rules to allow businesses that specialize automobile and tire repair. Auto body repair continues to be an excluded use in the area.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, December 17, 2012
Article comment by: joker wilde

Big O is less than a block away. This smacks of the thinking that brought us two pet stores nearly next door to each other and before that, office supply stores nearly next door to each other.

Posted: Monday, December 17, 2012
Article comment by: Loren Brown

I am glad to see another business is growing in our town. Its a wonderful thing and I hope the city will continue to support them. HMR could use alot more development and more companies that are willing to make the investment in our community.

Posted: Monday, December 17, 2012
Article comment by: Steve Walker

I am a customer of Superior Tires and want to say: I went into see Mr. Burgess this morning in regards to his store on Gordon and Stockton hill and he assured me that they will Not be closing this location and after talking with him for a few moments I understand his thoughts. let me see if I can spread some light on the subject. The reason for opening the location on HMR is to provide a better service for his customers which he knows in return will bring him additional business from people not wanting to make the travel. His biggest concern is to make sure his customers are being taken care of. I have shopped prices on tires alot in Kingman and they are the best of everyone and i will continue to go to them, and for their service i have always been treated with respect and honesty and my wife will not go anywhere alse. I applaude them and i am glad to hear they are keeping both locations going. We need more places in Kingman like this company.

Posted: Sunday, December 16, 2012
Article comment by: What Happens to That Building

This online debate has raised an interesting question...

A business wants to open in an area protected with a strict but reasonable overlay district...There are already more than enough of the type of businesses in the community for the population (Urban Land Institute's figures)...The company is allowed to built...Too many similar businesses cause closure of that store or others in the community. Does the community benefit from an empty building? Should the city override its own regulations to allow a business representing an retail segment already over supplied just because?

Posted: Sunday, December 16, 2012
Article comment by: Another Reason Many Choose Not to Shop Local

I wish the company well although I will never support it.

I placed a call last week to their headquarters in BHC asking for the owner. I had said nothing else other than to ask for Kevin. If I was able to speak with Kevin, I wanted to offer my support and was even willing to write a letter of support to the council.

The employee who answered indicated the owner was in Washington. I asked DC? He said, " There's nothing there but lousy Democrats." I was speechless. Not since I am a registered Democrat but because a business representative would say such a thing to the public at his business.

Over the days since that call I have come to realize this political culture has to be tolerated at these stores at all levels for one to feel comfortable enought to says such a thing to what he had to assume was a customer. It is truly sad there must be active condemnation of any political party members by members of our business community. In part this adds to the political discord of this area and our nation.

Posted: Friday, December 14, 2012
Article comment by: Just Saying

There is already a tire store on HMR, that may be why he wants a location, to get part of the business. Which means, existing sales tax to city will be split between the two, no new sales tax would be recieved, unless he put a business on I40 to pull in tourists. Now that would be the smart move. I hope he doesn't close the shop on SHR after the new one opens. Howmany new jobs? Or will existing employees work at both shops. Big O tire is always busy, so I guess he sees the opportunity of getting some of that business, can't blame him for that. I hope the CIty makes sure that his stalls don't face HMR. I don't see the reasoning for a CPU when it is going to be a permanent building, it ties the cities hands if complaints are filed to cease the permit.

Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012
Article comment by: AZ BRAT

I was always hoping one day Kingman would have a mall on HMR-Well,that will never happen.I guess people will just have to continue to drive to LV,Laughlin,Havasu or Flagstaff,order on line,by phone or do without.
the city planners have done a good job along HMR otherwise.I hope NOT to see it become another StocktonHill Rd.! Personnally, I DON'T think another tire store is necessary-they are everywhere!
It took the good ole boys of Kingman a long time to figure out Duval was no longer to be it's sole supporter financially before allowing other businesses to come to town. I think that is why StocktonHill Rd. is such a mess!
and honestly I WISH someone in authority would demand all the bushes, trees and whatever else be trimmed so a person can have a clear view of traffic when attempting to get onto StocktonHill from a side street--Thank You Very Much and Merry Christmas to all

Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012
Article comment by: Allan Gleason

Hopefully the city will maintain the aesthetic requirements for businesses on HMR. I used to live in an exclusive community in California which was in need of a service station. What they did was put the gasoline pumps and ugly bays at the rear of the building out of sight from the road and beautifully landscaped the street side.... everyone was happy!

Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012
Article comment by: Economic Growth

A nice tire shop building would imporove the area which is now taken over by weeds, radio station no longer in use. run down homes not lived in. More importantly will provide more jobs to an area that is in desperate need of jobs. wy872l. Maybe a food store would be in order on Hualapai Mt. Rd. Not much going on the East Side for the residents in the way of businesses, so we would welcome a variety of businesses.

Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012
Article comment by: Just Wondering

@Concerned Citizen
If all of his customer are from the Hualapai are, then obviously his business plan isnt that great. I service customers from all over the area, including Golden Valley and towards Seligman. I even have customers come from Vegas for service. So if his customers arent really willing to make the drive across town, than maybe its not the drive thats not worth it, but his service instead?

Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012
Article comment by: Lynne Holdsworth

OMG....really ? Another double business. All the prime spots are being taken for business' that already have existing sites.
Do we really need another tire place ?

Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012
Article comment by: Frank Harris

HMR needs a grocery store!

Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012
Article comment by: V Stokes

" the customers that live in the Hualapai area won't drive all the way up Stockton Hill Rd, fight all that traffic"

Lol..traffic? On the worst day (unless there's an accident...then add 5 min) it normally takes less than 10 min to drive from WMR to Northern.

When I needed tires I drove to 4 different places (and called 2) and other than wait time at the stores...I was done in less than an hour.

Kingman does not have a traffic problem except for 5 min delays that occur in the morning, noon, and in the afternoon.

Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012
Article comment by: Hiram Fong

What should be the limits on how far we will all go to have "jobs? If a junk yard generated 25 jobs on HMR, would we go that far? If a strip club employed 100 people would the Chamber director show up for that? If there are 500 places to start a tire store, should we always have 501? Are you the same person that supposedly would not drive three miles to get to a tire store (passing three others on the way), but will drive to COSTCO in Henderson to save $10 per tire? We unfortunately are in an environment that we will surrender all previous values to have jobs. And as always we will have those willing to rationalize anything to get what they want.

Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012
Article comment by: concerned citizen

Ref:Just Wondering
Maybe his bays are empty because the customers that live in the Hualapai area won't drive all the way up Stockton Hill Rd, fight all that traffic, so they go somewhere else. Now they won't have to!
Pretty smart business plan!

Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012
Article comment by: Yes, Really Kingman

1. Tire Shops
a. Jobs help people regardless
2. Fast Food Restaurants
a. Jobs help people regardless
3. Motels
a. Jobs help people regardless
4. Gas Stations
a. Jobs help people regardless
5. Bars
a. Jobs help people regardless

If you want to stop jobs from becoming available then move to N. Korea, China, or Cuba. It would be nice to get the City of Kingman to appeal to more types of businesses but if we limit anything others will not come, thus shooting ourselves in the foot.

Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012
Article comment by: capt nice

Matt Ladendecker runs edward jones, thats the citys problems they get people who shouldn't be involved in development committees when all they know is %. We need people that know development, not people who need a seat somewhere so their head don't get any bigger, just saying....

Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012
Article comment by: Butch Meriwether

Kevin, congratulations on making the first hurdle. I hope the city leaders finally realize business is good for Kingman and they will receive tax revenues from the new locaiton.

Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012
Article comment by: Just Wondering

How you can open a second location if the bays of your first location are empty just about everyday.

Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012
Article comment by: Really Kingman?

List of businesses Kingman does NOT need more of:

1. tire shops
2. fast food restaurants
3. motels
4. gas stations
5. bars

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