Kingman Crossing in the cross hairs

Big crowd expected when City Council considers major amendment Monday night

KINGMAN - Monday's City Council meeting is going to be a whopper, at least judging by the Realtors, RAID members and other residents expected to attend the final public hearing on three major amendments to Kingman's land-use designation map.

The city moved the meeting to the Mohave County Administration Building, 700 W. Beale St., from the City Complex to make more room for the anticipated crowd. It begins at 6 p.m. in the county supervisors' first floor meeting room.

One of the most significant political debates this year is set to unfold as Council hears the last presentation on a request to amend and eventually rezone 160 acres of park space for future commercial use. The amendment is the first step to rezoning the land and eventually turning it into a retail area off Interstate 40, where the Kingman Crossing interchange is being planned. The proposed site is 1-1/2 miles east of the I-40/Andy Devine interchange.

As the city is the applicant, city staff has recommended approval of the amendment. But members of Residents Against Irresponsible Development have several presentations of their own planned for Monday night.

If RAID doesn't fill up the seats in the county administration building, members of the Kingman/Golden Valley Association of Realtors might, as they, too, have attended recent Planning & Zoning Commission meetings and plan to attend Monday's hearing to voice their support for the project.

A non-affiliated party even put an advertisement in today's paper encouraging all residents, but particularly those in the subdivisions in south and east Kingman, to attend the meeting and ask the tough questions.

Council needs a two-thirds majority vote - five out of seven members - to approve major amendments.

Other items on agenda:

• Council will review, discuss and vote on two additional major amendments Monday. One is a request to amend and eventually rezone 640 acres in north Kingman to allow for a future subdivision. Planning staff recommended denial, but the P&Z Commission voted unanimously to amend the land use map and pave the way for future annexation, inclusion into the water boundaries and include the area in the General Plan Study area.

The other amendment request is from more than a dozen residents hoping to persuade Council to change the residential land use map designation to commercial so medical offices can be built in the area between Airway and Calumet avenues and Rutherford and Swing streets. P&Z Commissioners voted 5-1 against this request.

• Council will also review and adopt the tentative budget and capital improvement plan spending proposals for next fiscal year, which begins July 1. Modifications to the tentative budget, as discussed at the April 5 meeting, will likely include the removal of the Economic Development Department, including Director Jeff Weir and all supplies and service expenses for the department, a move that will reduce the city budget by approximately $219,116; removal of the proposed upgrade for an assistant Human Resources department director (-$7,014); the addition of office equipment to the fire department (+$4,800); and the transfer of $80,000 from the city manager's budget to the Economic Tourism and Development Commission budget.

Approximately $41.4 million in bonds is being proposed for long-term capital improvements to streets, public safety and parks. Another $42.5 million for wastewater expansion and $17.4 million in water projects are also being proposed. These items will go to the voters in November if approved by Council.

• Council rejected a request on April 2 to rezone 4.3 acres of low-density residential and allow the highest density housing in Kingman history, but Vice Mayor Dave French has asked that the item be placed back on the agenda for reconsideration. The final plat approval, which Council also denied, has been placed on the agenda, as well.

• The last item on Monday's agenda is a public hearing on the city's off-premise sign ordinance. Council asked that Development Services Director Gary Jeppson come up with alternatives to the current policy to keep signage to a minimum so as to not overcrowd the city with billboards. Jeppson's two recommendations weren't satisfactory to the P&Z Commission last month, so it recommended by unanimous vote that a committee be appointed with business owners, residents and city staff to find a third alternative.