Kingman zoners deal with state mandate on city sign codes

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KINGMAN - Considerations of an amendment to Kingman's temporary sign code and a rezoning case make up the bulk of tonight's Planning and Zoning Commission meeting.

The possible amendment to Kingman's temporary sign code would bring the city into compliance with new state regulations, which make it mandatory for local governments to allow political and ideological signs in local government rights-of-way, according to the agenda packet.

Under the proposed text amendments, political or ideological signs would be allowed everywhere but on property owned by the city 60 days prior to an election and 15 days after a general election. Signs could not exceed 16-square feet in residential zones and 32-square feet in all other areas. Also, the signs would need to have the name and telephone number of candidates or campaign committee contacts. According to the agenda packet, signs placed in violation of rules will get a notification from the city. If violations are not fixed with 24 hours, the city can remove the sign.

With the zoning case, Kingman received a request from David and Lois Cooley to rezone certain adjacent properties from C-1 (commercial/neighborhood convenience) to C-2 (commercial/community business).

The proposal focuses on allowing gun sales and firearm training courses at certain properties located at 2916 Stockton Hill Road and 1912 Miami Ave. By rezoning the properties, gun sales and firearm training courses would be permitted by right. However, under the current zoning, firearm training is permitted by conditional use permit while gun sales are not permitted whatsoever.

City staff recommends this request be denied based on the fact that there is no immediate need for additional C-2 zoning in this area as there is already 25 acres of C-2 and C-3 zoned property compared to 13 acres of commercially developed C-1 property. Also, the subject properties have limited on-site parking more suitable for C-1 zoning. Lastly, rezoning these areas would open the door for C-2 allowable uses, such as pawn shops, restaurants and bars, which could have an impact on the residential neighborhoods east of the properties.

Although city staff recommends the area not be rezoned, a conditional use permit could be approved for firearm training. Gun sales would not be allowed.

In other business, Planning and Zoning will look at one-year reviews of two conditional permits and discuss the 2011 American Planning Association Arizona Conference taking place from Sept. 28-30 at the Westin La Paloma Resort in Tucson.

Planning and Zoning meets at 6 p.m. today in Council Chambers at 310 N. Fourth St.