Rezone, permit top light agenda

KINGMAN - The Kingman City Council kicks off August with a relatively light agenda tonight, with a rezone and a conditional use permit set to take up the bulk of the meeting.

Council members will vote on whether to approve a request from Jerry and Diana Fulps to rezone a 12,000-square-foot parcel of land at the southeast corner of Van Buren and Karen Avenues from R-1-6: Single Family Residential to C-2-HMR: Commercial, Hualapai Mountain Road Overlay District. The Fulpses have proposed building a small office or retail building on the land, though no actual time frame for the construction has been given.

At its meeting last month, the Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously recommended denial of the rezone, arguing that the Fulpses already own an undeveloped parcel of C-2-HMR land nearby and with more than 100 acres of similarly undeveloped C-2-HMR zoning elsewhere in the Hualapai Mountain corridor, commissioners could see no real need for additional commercial encroachment on the surrounding residential neighborhoods.

Council will also hold a public hearing on whether to approve a conditional use permit request made by the Rev. Mark W. Rice of Journey Church to hold Sunday services in the gymnasium of White Cliffs Middle School at 3550 Prospector St. Journey Church wishes to hold services twice each Sunday at the school, which is zoned R-2: Residential, Multiple Family, Low Density. Under the city code, such zoning allows churches to operate under a CUP.

The Planning and Zoning Commission previously voted unanimously in favor of the CUP, though it added the fire department's recommendation that Journey Church submit a plan detailing exactly how the gymnasium would be used for services, including occupancy loads and potential exits in the event of a fire.

Finally, Council will also take an opportunity to give its opinion on which of 22 resolutions submitted by the Arizona League of Cities and Towns it wishes to see adopted as legislative priorities in 2011. The list of suggestions includes Bullhead City's desire to continue allowing cities to self-collect sales tax through a private third party company, Marana's suggestion to oppose any efforts to expand the state's three-year moratorium on the collection of impact fees and Lake Havasu City's request for an official policy to help cities more easily acquire state trust land for the purpose of building transportation corridors and public facilities.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. today in the Council Chambers at 310 N. Fourth St. For full agenda details, visit the city's Web site at www.cityofkingman.gov and click "Agendas, Minutes and Video."