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6/17/2013 6:00:00 AM
Rezoning plans fire up Kingman homeowners
Council will make the call on dividing 3 acres

Doug McMurdo
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - The City Council on Tuesday will consider rezoning nearly three acres of land that would allow the developer to subdivide the property into 10 single-family lots, but the owner will have to overcome significant opposition.

Homeowners in the area showed up en masse two weeks ago to protest the plan.

George Fripps of Fripps Ranch, the applicant, and Fripps Mohave Land LLC, the property owner, originally had the authority to subdivide the land into six lots of at least 20,000 square feet, but he wants to put in 10 lots that would average a 12,400 square feet.

The City Council on June 4 held a public hearing on the issue and heard from neighbors, who unanimously opposed the greater density lots, citing traffic concerns in what is essentially a rural area.

Fripps attended the meeting, but the City Council declined to take action after he told members he was under the influence of medication and not feeling well.

The property, located along the south side of Southern Avenue west of Central Street, is surrounded by high-end properties.

In other items of interest:

• A dozen issues are listed on the City Council's consent agenda, which is routinely passed without discussion.

Among the items is a payment of $205,000 to fund operations of the Tourism Information Center at the Powerhouse Visitor Center.

The city and the Chamber of Commerce have an agreement that annually uses money out of the room tax fund paid by local motels and hotels to fund tourism efforts.

The Visitor Center provides the city with quarterly accounting of expenses and the amount is included in the 2013-2014 fiscal budget.

• A singlewide mobile home the city owns and rehabilitated at 853 Berk Street will be put up for sealed bid or public auction at its appraised value of $20,000 and about $141 in back property taxes.

The revenue generated by the sale would be placed into the city's housing rehabilitation program for use on future projects.

The owner died and an heir deeded the property to the city.

• The city could accept substantially complete offsite improvements in the Hualapai Shadows subdivision north of Hualapai Mountain Road and south of North Central Street so the project could be placed in the city's road maintenance system.

• The city could agree to transfer $100,000 to the Kingman Area Rapid Transit system to cover estimated expenditures for the fiscal year ending June 30.

The federal transit grant formula was changed this year, meaning the city will have to chip a total of $200,000 per year, twice the amount of what it had to provide in the past.

The funding was previously set aside and is budgeted.

• The city could approve a final plat, improvement plans and proposed assurances for Stockton Hill Crossing.

The developer, Metro/Land Consultants, LLC and owner Robert Kaplan Trust, have already granted the city a 30-foot-wide easement for the 6.5-acre commercial property located along the north side of Airway Avenue west of Stockton Hill Road.

The developer must extend water and sewer lines to two of the lots.

The City Council meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers, 301 North Fourth Street.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Article comment by: john g

ok you all in the 2nd week of feb mr ripps will try to put in 8 homes on the same lots 10 did go . but will 8 be his lucky # wait and see !

Posted: Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Article comment by: sam wilson

the good old boys did it , we have to look at this messed up lot for a long time

Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Article comment by: vock canyon

keep the lots the orginal size. tiny lots are soooo Californian.......

Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Article comment by: sam wilson

they just do not know how good for the city -keeps jobs ! as mr ripps use all kingman vendors -10 more sewer lines so the loan would be payed back faster . not a lot of autos on southern what is trying to do will help not hurt

Posted: Monday, June 17, 2013
Article comment by: Blaine Johnson

Do you know all the owners in Fripps Ranch already have lots smaller than what Ripps is proposing? The City backed him into this site the way it is. The City in this case would not be hurt by this rezoning. There might even be some benefits. You get the road and sewer extended across that messy vacant property on Southern.

Posted: Monday, June 17, 2013
Article comment by: the first time and not the last time

the city council needs to allow fripps homes to put 10 homes on southern ave now is the time to allow this as it will be good for kingman also the city as water dept income for 10 new homes .good for the build dept 10 perments also very good for kingman workers so pls lets keep kingman moveing forward not backwards !

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