Zoners to take another look at billboard locations

KINGMAN - The Kingman Planning and Zoning Commission will revisit the sign code once again at its next meeting Tuesday evening, this time to discuss the possibility of allowing billboards to be built closer to highway interchanges.

The city has received a request from John Morotti to change the city sign code to allow off-premises signs such as billboards to be built with no setback from the end of an entrance or exit ramp taper. The sign code currently calls for a minimum 500-foot setback.

Morotti's reason for submitting the application is because he currently owns a billboard located on a parcel of land just east of Mother Road Harley-Davidson at 2501 Beverly Ave., and would like to move the billboard 150 feet further east, to the edge of the Andy Devine Avenue westbound on ramp taper. Morotti has said that moving the billboard away from the center of his parcel would allow it to be more easily developed.

While city Development Services staff has stated that it has never been supportive of additional off-premises signs in the city, staff has noted that there is support for off-premises signs in Kingman's interstate corridor, and it has not found any reason why removing the 500-foot setback would negatively affect the community, particularly in the case of Morotti's billboard. It should be noted that billboards will still be prohibited from being constructed in Arizona Department of Transportation right-of-way, regardless of the P&Z Commission's recommendation.

Commissioners will also be considering potential replacements for two members whose terms will end on Dec. 31.

Commission Chair Matt Ladendecker and Vice Chair Michael Schoeff are both approaching the end of their second terms, with neither actively seeking a third, though Ladendecker has said he would stay on for a third term should the City Council request it.

Aside from Ladendecker, there are seven other candidates who have submitted applications for the commission. They are: C. David Cooley, Bill Goodale, Angele Florini, Vickie Kress, Daniel Swaine, Kathleen Murray and Dustin Lewis. Of those seven, only Florini specifically applied for Planning and Zoning, with the other six listing it as an alternative to their preferred commission.

Tuesday's meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers at 310 N. Fourth St. For further agenda details, visit www.cityofkingman.gov and click "Agendas, Minutes and Video."