Commission to address storage buildings

KINGMAN - The Mohave County Planning and Zoning Commission will conduct a workshop at 6 p.m. Wednesday at 700 W. Beale to consider new standards for accessory buildings.

The Board of Supervisors asked the Planning and Zoning Department to look into concerns about large accessory buildings in residential zones. The buildings range in size from several hundred to several thousand square feet. Some of the buildings are used for storage, but others are used for commercial purposes, which is a violation of zoning regulations.

Also up for discussion is extending the county building code to designated urban development and suburban development areas in the General Plan.

The Commission will also be discussing the increase in the number of sea-cargo containers being used in residential and commercial areas. Currently, the zoning code does not address the containers since they are built mainly for transportation purposes.

The Commission is considering the following changes to the county building codes:

• Banning the use of sea-cargo containers along with mobile/manufactured homes, RVs and travel trailers for storage purposes in areas zoned for single-family homes.

• Allowing sea containers to be used for storage and other uses in areas zoned agricultural residential, general commercial and commercial manufacturing.

• Allowing one container for agricultural residential lots between one and five acres in size and a maximum of two containers for lots more than five acres. Containers would be prohibited on lots less than one acre in size.

• Allow sea containers to be stacked a maximum of two containers high in manufacturing zones.

• Require all sea containers be painted a neutral color and placed at the rear of the property.

• Allow accessory buildings up to 700 square feet in single-family residential zones without a permit.

• For lots larger than 20,000 square feet, allow for accessory buildings up to 1,000 square feet in size without a permit.