General Plan 2020 on future growth to voters May 18

KINGMAN – The Kingman General Plan 2020 on the May 18 ballot is the blueprint for future growth in the community, city planner Rich Ruggles said.

The purpose of the General Plan 2020 is to ensure that growth is focused, orderly and provides a balanced mix of land uses.

Ruggles said the plan strives to improve the efficiency of traffic, preserve good air quality and keep high quality water sources.

The plan requires voter approval.

The maps and descriptions in the voter pamphlet mailed to all voters is a key source of information.

A full plan is available at the Kingman City Complex.

Call 753-8130 or review the map at www.ci.Kingman.az.us.

Planning Director Tom Duranceau said the new plan is an update of the previous plan that covered 1990 to 2010.

The 2020 plan began with meetings of the Planning and Zoning Commission in the spring of 2001 and the Kingman City Council approved it in the fall of 2003.

He said the Arizona Growing Smarter legislation required the city to update the plan, and the law requires voters to approve the plan.

The Kingman General Plan 2020 must receive more than 50 percent of the vote May 18 to become official.

If the voters do not approve the plan, the current Kingman General Plan 2010 remains in effect, Duranceau said.

The Kingman P and Z held numerous public meetings over a two-year span of time to get comments from residents of each Kingman neighborhood.

The city made changes and conducted additional meetings to develop a plan that would be acceptable to most of the residents, Ruggles said.

He was the staff member assigned to develop maps for public consideration.

Expansion and changes to commercial retail corridors is a major change from the current plan, Ruggles said.

The Hualapai Mountain Corridor from the railroad to Seneca Street had limited commercial nodes at major intersections.

That has changed to commercial land use on both sides of Hualapai Mountain Road from the railroad to Eastern Avenue.

Residential designations along Bank Street changed to commercial in the current plan, he added.

Duranceau emphasized that the Kingman General Plan does not change any zoning.

Each zoning change is treated individually and requires City Council approval following public hearings.

The Growing Smarter law, approved by voters statewide, added some elements to the required plan beyond land uses.

The other elements of the Kingman General Plan 2020 are Growth Areas; Circulation; Parks, Recreation, Trails and Open Spaces; Water Resources; Environmental Planning; Cost of Development; Redevelopment; and Public Facilities and Buildings.

The General Plan 2020 process gives each citizen a chance to be involved in planning for the future of the city, Duranceau said.