Plan amendment sought

City and Airport Authority concerned about proposed development

KINGMAN - The County Planning and Zoning Commission will be discussing a new subdivision north of the Kingman Airport during its meeting at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the County Administration Building on Beale Street in Kingman.

The commission will be voting on a minor amendment to the Mohave County General Plan that would allow the 320-acre property to be subdivided into plots for 795 homes, a 15-acre commercial park and two parks.

According to material from county P&Z, the proposed Statesboro subdivision would be located approximately 5,500 feet from the end of one of the airport's runways. The Statesboro development is not part of a larger development planned by Rhodes Homes in the area.

The city of Kingman and the Kingman Airport Authority have raised objections to Statesboro. P&Z staff has recommended denial of the amendment.

Recently, the Kingman City Council rejected a request from the developer, STGG Holding Co., LLC, to extend and tap into the city's water and sewer system.

In a letter to county P&Z Director Christine Ballard, Kingman P&Z Administrator Tom Duranceau explained the city's four main concerns.

The first concern is the main access to the development would be through the Kingman Airport and Industrial Park.

The city department questioned mixing residential traffic with some of the semi-truck traffic and rail traffic that currently flows through the Industrial Park.

If the development was approved, the city recommended requiring the developer to create a direct access road to the site.

The second stated concern was that the land for the proposed subdivision is currently designated for light industrial use, which the city believes is a better use of the land considering its proximity to the airport and possible future expansion.

The third concern was how close the subdevelopment would be to the airport. According to the city, the property is located 1-1/2 miles from the northeast end of one of the airport's runways.

It is also in a direct line with the approach to the runway. The master plan for the airport shows a proposed future 4,000 square-foot expansion onto the end of the runway in the direction of the proposed development.

The last concern raised by the city was the use of its water system to support land use that would potentially conflict with the airport's service to the community.

Kingman Airport Authority Economic Director Bob Riley also voiced the authority's concerns about the project to the county in a letter. The airport is concerned about the density of housing and the amount of noise that homeowners would experience. Riley recommended requiring homebuyers to be notified of the noise level in the area.

However, the easements may not be enough to prevent future homeowner complaints, he said.

"Our experience is that an original home buyer may not be effected by the airport, but as air traffic activity increases and the type of aircraft traffic transitions from single engine to multi-engine and jets, noise and nuisance complaints increase, even though the airport was developed first," Riley's letter states.

STGG Holding Co. has sent copies of a study to the city, the airport and the county. STGG states in letters to all that its proposed development would not affect the growth of the airport. It has agreed to have home buyers sign a noise waiver.

It has also agreed to build homes with special noise-insulation features.

It said that the distance from the end of the runway to the development is comparable to that found in Prescott, Tucson and Las Vegas.

It also agreed to build additional access ways to the development when they became necessary in order to avoid traffic within the airport and Industrial Park.

In its application to the county for the minor amendment, the company stated, "The change is warranted because a substantial amount of land in Mohave County cannot accommodate housing within the next three years as the provision of infrastructure is not currently available."

The letter also states that the company plans to market the homes in the "mid-level income range."

"The median house price in this development is expected to be approximately 20 percent lower than that of the nearest compatible development within the city," the letter states.