Zoners eye move to allow BMX track at fairgrounds

KINGMAN - The Kingman Planning and Zoning Commission has just one item on its agenda for this evening's meeting, though that one item could yield big results at the Mohave County Fairgrounds.

Commissioners will consider a city-initiated text amendment to the zoning ordinance that, if approved, would allow the construction of BMX racing tracks in the Recreational Open Space (O) zoning district under conditional use permit.

The text amendment is effectively a procedural speed bump for a group of local citizens who have been working for several months on establishing such a racetrack at the fairgrounds.

The charge has been led by Gordon Both, who became chair of the Mohave County Fair Association's Motor Sports Committee upon its creation earlier this year. Both has been working with local BMX groups, as well as Mohave County District I Supervisor Gary Watson to establish a BMX track in the far northeast corner of the fairgrounds.

Under the current city zoning ordinance, BMX tracks are allowed by conditional use permit, but only in the C-3, I-2 and I-2 zoning districts. According to city staff analysis, the permit requirement is also being suggested for the Recreational Open Space zoning district, since while the fairgrounds may be an appropriate location for a BMX track, other open space areas may not, and the City Council may want a say in any future such applications.

Following the P&Z Commission's recommendation, the BMX amendment will likely come before the City Council at either its Oct. 5 or 19 meeting.

Today's P&Z meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers at 310 N. Fourth St.