Residents balk at new development

KINGMAN – A proposed retirement center located along Western Avenue had some neighbors worried the development would increase traffic and ruin the character of Riata Valley Road.

Bob Long, who lives in the 900 block of Riata Valley, told Council that the more densely populated retirement community would contrast with the acre-plus lots nearby.

“I think it adversely affects property values across the street, these one-acre subdivisions,” he said.

The site plans show 134 independent living duplexes, 149 assisted living units and an Alzheimer’s unit for people in the early to mid stages of the disease.

A new road, Peterson, would cut the property in half and connect Riata Valley Road to an extension of Airway Avenue. The developers stated in their proposal that they would improve the three roads bordering the site to accommodate the increased traffic.

Long asked that the city look at not allowing Peterson to connect to Riata Valley Road.

Engineer William Miller said the developers didn’t want the road to connect either. He said the city engineering staff requested it to improve the flow of traffic. “The developer does not have a problem with not running the road to Riata Valley,” he said. “We’re glad to do it any way.”

Miller added that the initial plans include a wall and landscaping along

the property that would shield it from the homeowners in Riata Valley.

One of Long’s neighbors, Gene Wolf, said he doesn’t want to see the neighborhood he’s called home for 30 years drastically change.

“We realize that there needs to be something put in there and the addition is going to be a plus for the city of Kingman. However, as is obvious at this point, it had come up very quickly and … I ask that we have some kind of input,” he said. “If we can work with whoever, we’d be very happy to.”

Property owners Peterson Rancho Norte Quarenta, Canyon Creek Development and William T. Miller Engineering, Inc., asked to rezone a total of 48 acres from rural residential (R-R) to low density residential, multiple family (R-2), and community business commercial (C-2).

Council approved the rezoning of the property, which was only the first step in developing the project. Council member Dave French said the issues raised by the residents would be discussed again as the venture moves forward.

“I think you sent your message,” he told Long.