Fripps rezone may offer hot start to 2009

KINGMAN - The Kingman Planning and Zoning Commission kicks off its first meeting of the year with two new members and one of the largest agendas in months, containing two rezone cases, two conditional use permit cases, and two zoning ordinance text amendments, among other things.

Tuesday's meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers at 310 N. Fourth St.

The most watched item may prove to be the first rezone case, a request by Fripps Mohave Land LLC to rezone 2.81 acres of land south of Southern Avenue and east of North Central Avenue from R-1-8: Single Family Residential, 8,000 square-foot lot minimum to R-1-10: Single Family Residential, 10,000 square-foot lot minimum.

The land in question has a complex history. Its current R-1-8 zoning was originally approved by the City Council in 1998, but it was overturned by a referendum. Council then adopted a modified plan with a host of stipulations, such as allowing only six one-half acre lots facing Southern Avenue, with none permitted to front onto N. Central Street. The stipulations also prohibited constructing walls or street lights along the Southern Avenue right-of-way, or from constructing homes higher than one story.

In 2004, Fripps sought a rezone to turn the six lots into 18 lots, but the request was denied by Council. The new rezone would effectively allow up to 12 lots on the property instead. Currently, the property is vacant, with no development having taken place since 1998.

According to city staff, neighbors in the vicinity have historically been against changing the area's residential density from its original rural character, and many had also expressed concern over having their views blocked. Development Services Director Gary Jeppson has indicated he believes the surrounding neighborhood conditions have not changed enough in the intervening time period to justify the rezone, and staff expects a large public turnout for the item.

The other request comes from Kingman Associates LLC, which is seeking a rezone of 3.85 acres at the southwest corner of Mission Boulevard and Granite Bluffs Drive from R-1-10 to C-2: Hualapai Mountain Road Overlay District for the development of offices and neighborhood shops.

City staff reported that Kingman Associates has not yet submitted a site plan, and provided few specifics as to what exactly it has planned for the property should the rezone go through. Additionally, there are already 30 acres of undeveloped C-2-HMR land within 1,000 feet of the subject property, and 88.14 acres of undeveloped C-2-HMR total along the two-mile Hualapai Mountain Road corridor. For these reasons, staff is recommending the rezone be denied.

Staff is also recommending denial for a request from Joseph Roy for an amendment to the Kingman Zoning Ordinance that would include a rectory or parsonage as an accessory use to city churches.

Roy's stated request includes allowing recreational vehicles, motor homes and travel trailers to serve as rectories or parsonages, as well as attached and unattached permanent structures. Staff has instead asked the commission to consider approving the amendment, but changing the wording to only allow the permanent structures, excluding RVs and trailers.

For more information or full agenda details, visit www.cityofkingman.gov and look under "Agendas and Minutes."