P&Z opposes rectory request

KINGMAN - The Kingman Planning & Zoning Commission on Tuesday voted to recommend denial for an amendment to the city zoning ordinance that would allow rectories and parsonages as an accessory use to churches in the Rural Residential zoning district.

The request had come from Joseph Roy, the pastor of a church at 3980 Melody St., in an R-R zone. Roy made the request on behalf of an associate who served as the church's assistant pastor and was living in a recreational vehicle on the church grounds. In addition to site-built and manufactured homes, Roy's amendment request would include RVs and motor homes as acceptable rectory buildings.

City planner Kyle Taylor said staff had reported no objection with allowing detached site-built or manufactured homes to serve as a rectory or parsonage, but he noted that recreational vehicles were not allowed as residences in any of the city's zoning districts, and that staff was recommending denial on those grounds. Commissioners concurred unanimously, though they sympathized with Roy's attempt to help his assistant pastor, who he said lived on a fixed income and could not afford the monthly payments to park his trailer elsewhere.

"You understand, if we were to amend the ordinance, that would be any church, anybody," said Commission Chairwoman Dorian Trahan. "They could all do that in Kingman."

"I understand exactly where you're coming from; I think it's a great idea," said Commissioner Matt Ladendecker. "But who's to say someone's not going to go out and spend $600 on some Winnebago from (the National Lampoon film) 'Christmas Vacation' and stick it on their property?"

Roy asked if it would be possible to take the wheels off the vehicle and reclassify it as a permanent structure, but the commissioners quickly nixed the idea, figuring that anyone else could do the same.

"If we could say it was just you and just this situation, it'd be a different story," Ladendecker said. "But we can't do that."

Commissioner Bill Lacy made the motion to recommend denial and Todd Tarson seconded. The motion passed 6-0, with commissioner Scott McCoy excused for illness.