Developers look to move forward on building proposals

KINGMAN – The Castle Rock Village and Kingman Crossing subdivisions would add 15,000 daily trips to the 20,000 projected for the Vista Bella subdivision if all three were built out.

The numbers were developed by the Kingman Planning staff as part of the information for the preliminary plats for two of the developments.

Vista Bella received hard zoning a year ago prior to the adoption of the General Plan 2020.

The Campana Family proposal for Castle Rock Village was withdrawn for additional work and separation of the residential and commercial portions.

The staff recommended the Kingman Crossing preliminary plat be sent back to add more information and a correction.

However, the Planning and Zoning Commission voted to send the plat forward to the August meeting of the Kingman City Council with 17 corrections or explanations.

At issue is access to the area north of I-40 and east of the railroad.

Staff recommended that construction be held until Airway Avenue is extended or the Kingman Crossing traffic interchange is completed.

"That would be unfair," said developer Bill Nugent.

"We would not build a large number of houses until access is improved."

He said it is a "chicken and egg" argument and something has to happen first to go forward.

The preliminary plat is the next step, Nugent said.

The P and Z voted 4 to 1 to remove that hold on construction from the staff recommendations.

The city is working with developers of the three subdivisions to find a way to fund the Airway underpass and the I-40 exchange.

Both are in the budget, but no funding sources have yet been found.

The mayor and council are working with the developers to explore the use of a community facilities district as a source of money.

"The mayor sent me a letter saying Airway is the top priority of the city," Nugent told the P and Z and the audience at Tuesday's meeting.

Other issues pointed out by staff include open, park and recreational space, flood zone areas and use of paths and greenbelts in the area for use of residents.

General Plan 2020 addresses the need and encourages developers to add these elements.

"We now have a way to require it," Planning director Tom Duranceau said.

"I would note that the developer did give the city land for a park in the Walleck Ranch area."

P and Z Commissioner Jim Cave asked about the amount of park space and how to make sure it is adequate,

Nugent said some park land could probably be hammered out as the plan moves ahead.

Residents south of the proposed I-40 interchange expressed concern with the opening up of I-40 into their area.

George Cook, a southside resident on Apache Drive, expressed concern for the traffic and the change in plans implied for parks in the area.

"The city already has about 200 acres designated for a large park right where the interchange would be," Cook said.

"Why not leave that for parks."

Another resident on the south side of I-40 expressed concern with construction traffic on Eastern Street since it is the only way into the quadrant now.

The slow response to 911 calls and the loss of currently designated parkland were other concerns expressed.

Developer Dave Hollingsworth said the city land would be worth $27 million for commercial development, and some land could be saved for parks.

He suggested the money would meet a lot of infrastructure needs all over the city.

The staff will work with Mohave Engineering's Peter Proffit to address the 17 restrictions or concerns listed by the P and Z commissioners before voting 4 to 1 to move the plat, rezoning and General Plan amendment to the City Council.

The item will come before the City Council at the Aug.

2 meeting.