MedCath seeks last OK today

City Council today will hear a rezoning request from MedCath Inc. for a new hospital located south of Airway Avenue in the Kingman Crossing area, along with a request from a property owner to annex 640 acres in the northwest area of the city.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers, 310 N. Fourth St.

After gaining a unanimous approval recommendation from the city Planning and Zoning Commission in November, MedCath must present its request to Council for the rezoning of just over 31 acres from R-R: Rural Residential to C-3: Commercial, Service Business. P&Z staff recommends approval in keeping with the P&Z Commission's recommendation, which included some conditions concerning water service review and street improvements.

The owner of undeveloped property located north of the Jagerson Alignment and west of the Arizona Game and Fish Office requests that Council consider annexing 640 acres. City staff recommends conducting a public hearing and preparation of an annexation ordinance for future consideration.

Kingman Crossing on hold

Council also will discuss the termination of a development management agreement with S&Y Capital Group that was undertaken in anticipation of development in the Kingman Crossing area. In that agreement, the city authorized S&Y to spend up to a quarter of a million dollars in planning and designing the project.

Gary Jeppson, director of development services, said city staff is recommending termination because of the failure of the Kingman Crossing issues on the Nov. 6 ballot, which means the city does not have voter approval to do anything with that land. Staff recommends the authorization of $250,000 in contingency funds to reimburse S&Y for expenses in creating preliminary plans.

New zoning district

In addition, Council will consider the creation of a new zoning district proposed by a collaboration of the Northern Arizona Builders Association, Residents Against Irresponsible Development and city planning staff.

The P&Z Commission in November unanimously shot down the suggested Light Commercial Zoning District, due largely to concerns that the new district was unnecessary and created more confusion than potential changes to the C-1 Zoning District already worked out by commission members and staff. The new zoning would allow more permitted and conditionally permitted uses, specifically in areas within 200 feet of major corridors.

P&Z staff is recommending that Council create this new district, without the location restrictions, even though the commission fully rejected it.

Also on today's agenda:

• A request by Mohave Engineering Associates, agent, and AMPAK Enterprises LLC, property owner, to approve a final subdivision plat for Shalimar Plaza, located north of Airway Avenue, south of Morrow Avenue and east of Stockton Hill Road. The plat contains two commercial lots on just over six acres. City staff recommends approval.

• A request by Stockton Hill LLC, property owner, and John Morotti, applicant, to rezone four acres from O: Recreational Open Space to C-3: Commercial, Service Business. The parcel is adjacent to the Mother Road Harley-Davidson store, and its development as a multiuse commercial building would include street improvements, paved parking and landscaping. The P&Z Commission unanimously recommended approval at its November meeting, and staff recommends Council approval.

• A request by various property owners to rezone 26 acres from O: Recreational Open Space and R-1-20: Residential, Single Family to C-3: Commercial, Service Business. The various parcels are located north of Calumet Avenue and east of Rutherford Street. Property owners request the change to allow future commercial development. Commissioners in November voted 5-2 to approve this rezoning, and staff recommends Council approval.

• Request by Unity of Kingman Church for Practical Christianity, applicant, and Robin LaRue, property owner, to approve a conditional use permit to allow the operation of a church on property located at 615 E. Beale St. The property currently is zoned C-2: Commercial, Community Business, and a church is an allowed use in such a zoning area with a CUP. Commissioners in November unanimously voted to approve this CUP, and staff recommends Council approval.

• Request by city staff that Council send the P&Z Commission a draft revision of the political sign code portion of the zoning ordinance. Current case law has determined that the city's policy of requiring political groups to pay a deposit to post campaign signs violates constitutional rights of free speech and is therefore illegal. The sign code must be brought into compliance with these findings.