I was disappointed to read in the Miner the other morning that the city council had approved a rezone to commercial in a residential neighborhood. The reasons for approval were "they seem to have a plan," "their other property was rezoned," and "the property at the other end of the block was rezoned." Apparently they had a plan when their other property was rezoned, but as of the printing date there was still a rental house on the property. So much for "the plan."
If the City Council was asked to rezone residential property to commercial next to their homes, I bet the story would be completely different. It seems to me that the people requesting this new rezone have not proven themselves reliable as far as following their "plan" in the past, and just having a "plan" for the property shouldn't be enough for the City Council to approve the new request without having some kind of guarantee from the people that their plan will be followed.
Otherwise, the request is just an attempt by the owners to increase their property values without considering the cost to the rest of the neighborhood. As for the property at the other end of the street, yes, it was connected to the property the bank already owned, but they would not even limit access to the new building to the pre-existing access from Hualapai Mountain Road and Jackson.
They had to have access from Karen as well, a residential street, bringing more commercial traffic onto a residential street with children. This was either allowed or not even considered when the City Council approved that rezone.
It is my opinion that the City Council (and the County Supervisors, too) needs to take a closer look at the criteria they use to make zoning decisions. There is so much empty commercial property in Kingman and the surrounding area already, and then new business is discouraged by charging exorbitant fees for companies to come in even in areas that have all the amenities already installed. New business should be encouraged in areas that are already set up with the amenities (such as along Bank Street) by giving tax incentives to companies that are interested in coming to Kingman.
This could also be used to reduce traffic in high traffic areas like Stockton Hill Road. Planning and Zoning has been set up and approved by the public. Changes to what has already been approved may be inevitable, but they should require more than a "sounds OK to me" from the City Council.