Zoners approve Rhodes’ request for water tanks

KINGMAN – The Mohave County Planning and Zoning Commission approved a zoning use permit for Las Vegas developer Rhodes Homes for three one-million gallon water storage tanks within their Golden Valley Ranch property at their meeting Wednesday.

According to Rhodes representative Lucy Stewart, the tanks would be used to create the water pressure needed for fire protection and similar uses. She said that the tanks were an alternative to a water tower. She also said that they are only planning on installing one tank for now, but wanted the zoning for two additional tanks if necessary for full build-out.

The majority of the tanks, Stewart said, would be below ground with just a portion visible. As a condition of the approval, Rhodes would be required to fence in the water tanks for security purposes. The fence would obscure the view of the tanks.

Rhodes’ Golden Valley Ranch master-planned community is still in the planning stages. It was proposed to include 33,300 homes over 4,940 acres at full build-out. Rhodes is currently working with the Arizona Department of Water Resources to get its designation for 100-year water adequacy for the proposed project. ADWR has issued statements up until now saying that the proof is there for 9,000 of the 15,000 acre-feet required for the project. This amount would encompass the proposed first three phases of the project.

Rhodes is also working with the Arizona Corporation Commission to get approval for the Perkins Mountain Water Company, a company Rhodes is trying to start to cover the project and the master-planned community, the Villages at White Hills. Again, Rhodes has hit a stumbling block with proving that the water for his project is there. The ACC has told him that he needs to present more information to prove water adequacy before they will approve the company.

The Commissioners also approved a rezone for Love’s Travel Shop and Country Store located north of Interstate 40 and west of Roundup Ave. Love’s requested the zoning change to allow a parking extension and traffic circulation for the truck stop to expand their location. It was requested that the applicant be required to expand Roundup Avenue to include curbing and a widening of the road itself. The request was made to prevent blocking of the road by truckers as it currently occurs.

With no objection from the applicant’s representative, the Commissioners added the requirement that road improvements must be done before opening the new parking. The items on Wednesday’s agenda will next be heard by the Board of Supervisors at their April 3 meeting.