County supervisors approve plans to accommodate master-planned community near airport

A proposed master-planned community for as many as 10,000 residents received the green light from Mohave County supervisors Monday.

Supervisors routinely approved three items to make it possible for the Lingenfelter Family Trust to build The Villages at Long Mountain: amendments to both the county's general plan and to two area plans.

The project involves 2,910 dwellings, two golf courses, a senior center and shopping area on 2,120 acres west of Route 66, north of Grace Neal Road and south of Calle Alamo Road.

No one spoke during the public hearings.

Supervisor Pete Byers moved for approval, saying the developers "have spent a lot of time on this."

Supervisors Tom Sockwell and Buster Johnson concurred.

The development would range in density from two to 12 units per acre and would be built in three phases over a 25- to 30-year period.

The land is zoned low density, generally five to 10 acres per dwelling.

The developers are working on aerial topographical mapping for the first phase and plan in the near future to apply to the county for a rezoning, Bob Schuetz, a consulting engineering for the project, said after the meeting of the supervisors.

"We are presently working on the master plan and preliminary golf course design," he said.

The supervisors approved The Villages and 39 other items during a meeting that lasted only 15 minutes.

They also unanimously approved a revision to the Golden Valley Area Plan, initially adopted in 1980, to serve as a planning tool for the unincorporated community for the next 20 years.

In a related action, the supervisors amended the county general plan to make it compatible to the area plan.

The area plan covers about 84 square miles.

In other actions, Byers and Sockwell met behind closed doors with County Attorney Bill Ekstrom to discuss a request by Johnson to forgive more than $10,000 in attorneys' fees that Johnson owes the county and Lake Havasu City.

Johnson had sued his peers and the county over approval of an agreement with Lake Havasu City to take over operation and maintenance of SARA Park south of the city.

A visiting judge ruled against Johnson Sept.

30 and ordered Johnson to pay attorneys' fees.

Sockwell did not make a statement regarding the matter during the public session.

Byers said he and Sockwell had not made a decision and that he is opposed to Johnson's request.

Asked afterward whether he and Byers would decide the matter, Sockwell said, "I have no idea."

The supervisors also awarded a contract for $90,158 to Payton Scientific Inc.

for furnishing a forensic science work station at the Mohave County Sheriff's Office.