Zoners offer thumbs up and down on two amendments

Both proposals forwarded to City Council for final vote

KINGMAN - Two more major amendment requests are on their way to City Council after the Planning & Zoning Commission gave recommendations Tuesday to add 640 acres in northern Kingman to the land use map, and to deny turning 30 acres from high-density residential to office space.

With two public hearings now complete, the recommendations will go to Council May 7, when a two-thirds majority will be needed for approval of the amendments.

That meeting will also allocate time for residents' comments.

Yes to subdivision

The Commission went against the planning staff's recommendation when it showed unanimous support for a plan to amend and eventually rezone 640 acres in northern Kingman. Planner Tom Duranceau said the owners would need to reduce the number of dwelling units in the plan and address access issues before staff could support the plan.

But beyond that, he said, staff would accept moving forward with the option to annex the property, and include it in the water service area and the General Plan study area.

The plan as laid out in the request would add approximately 545 acres of mostly rural residential housing to the Kingman land use map in the area north of Stockton Hill Road, outside of city limits. It would also add nearly 100 acres of open space.

Pete Proffit of Mohave Engineering Associates, representative of the owners, assured the Commission that this is the first of seven total steps that would be needed to make this subdivision a reality.

The amendment to the land use map is first, next comes the process to extend the water service boundary, then annexation, the official rezone, approval of a preliminary plat, water service authorization and a final plat approval. The P&Z Commission and Council would oversee all of these steps, Proffit reminded Commissioners.

"I hope this proves that you're not giving anything up at this stage," he said.

Council will take the recommendations from staff (to deny) and P&Z (to approve) into consideration on May 7 at the County Administration Building, where it will cast a final vote.

P&Z says no to commercial rezone

More than a dozen landowners joined forces to push through a major amendment on nearly 30 acres of high-density residential space between Airway and Calumet avenues to the north and south, and between Rutherford and Swing streets to the west and east. Staff recommended denial of this request as well, and this time the P&Z Commission followed suit with a 5-1 vote.

Staff's recommendation for denial was based on the limited areas left in Kingman for high-density, affordable housing. If Council were to vote in favor of this amendment, Planner Kyle Taylor said, the city would lose 25 percent of its high-density-zoned land. Of the more than 20,000 acres in the city of Kingman's General Plan land use map, currently 121 are designated for high density. Forty-six of those are developed and 75 are not.

Under the new commercial zoning, apartment complexes would still be allowed, but the owners would like to turn the area into doctor and other medical offices.

Realtor Joy Brotherton made a strong case for amending the zoning map, at least according to many of the 60 people in attendance who repeatedly applauded her reasoning for the needed change.

The gist of her argument was that nobody has wanted to build high-density residential there for 30 or 40 years, as evidenced by the owners not being able to get rid of the land. Now, she said, high-density residential would only further crowd the street, while medical offices would close at 5 p.m., and the neighborhood would be quiet.

The Council will hear presentations on this amendment request at 6 p.m. May 7. All residents are encouraged to attend. The city is expecting a large crowd, so the location of the meeting has been moved to the Country Administration Building downtown, 700 W Beale St.