City P&Z eyes billboard regs

KINGMAN - Text amendments, conditional use permits and a rezone comprise the latest agenda of the Kingman Planning and Zoning Commission, which meets at 6 p.m. today.

Commissioners are expected to continue an earlier discussion about enacting possible regulations for off-premises electronic message displays, such as the electronic billboards frequently seen on the side of highways in Phoenix or Las Vegas. The discussion began during the commission's May 11 meeting, when commissioners had been attempting to address adding regulations for on-premises electronic signs as well.

At that meeting, commissioners indicated they wanted electronic billboards to be no less than 1,200 feet apart from one another, but did not specify any minimum message duration. They have since directed staff to bring back a formal code text amendment.

The amendment as written contains the 1,200-foot separation between electric signs as well as another stipulation requiring electronic billboards to be no closer than 300 feet to an existing off-premise sign or billboard with a static display. Other proposed limitations are similar to those proposed for on-premises LED signs: the billboards must only show static displays with no animation; must limit nighttime brightness to no more than 0.6 candela above the ambient lighting level as measured from 100 feet away; and must have a system in place to automatically dim the billboard as ambient light levels change.

Commissioners will also consider a request for a text amendment to the city zoning ordinance that, if approved, would lower the minimum front-side setback requirement in the R-1-8 Residential zoning district from 15 feet to 10 feet. The amendment is being sought by a local builder, Cierra Homes LLC, which hopes to build one such house in the Southern Vista II subdivision, located south of Southern Avenue and east of Central Avenue.

According to staff reports, previous planning staff made a mistake during the subdivision's initial construction and allowed two such houses to be built with only 10-foot setbacks. When Cierra announced its intention to build a third such house, its plans were denied based on the 15-foot setback limit for the zone.

Currently, only the R-1-6 residential zoning district allows 10-foot setbacks, with the rationale being that the zone has a 50-foot minimum lot width. The R-1-8 zone, however, has a 65-foot minimum lot width. Staff has expressed concerns that reducing the setback to 10 feet could cause problems, particularly for residents who park their cars in their driveways since the cars would be more likely to encroach on the sidewalk.

Elsewhere, commissioners will consider a request from Journey Church for a conditional use permit to allow it to perform two church services each Sunday in the gymnasium of the new White Cliffs Middle School at 3550 Prospector Street. Kingman Unified School District Superintendent Roger Jacks has already signed an agreement allowing the Rev. Mark W. Rice to make use of the school, and the use would remain in accordance with uses allowed by CUP in the surrounding R-2 zoning district.

Commissioners will meet in the Council Chambers at 310 N. Fourth St. For full agenda details, visit www.cityofkingman.gov and click "Agendas, Minutes and Video."