Call to the Public at today's meeting

KINGMAN - The Call to the Public will be one of the major topics of discussion at today's Mohave County Planning and Zoning Commission meeting.

Commissioner Rick Sherwood, who is running for county supervisor, brought up the topic for discussion in March.

The panel continued the issue to today because a number of commissioners were absent from the March meeting.

Sherwood has pledged to bring back the Call to the Public to both the commission and Board meetings if elected. The commission removed it from its regular agenda in 2009. The Mohave County Board of Supervisors has not had a formal Call to the Public for many years.

Many government boards hold a Call to the Public during their regular meetings so residents can bring issues that are not on the agenda to the board's attention. Because such items are not part of the formal agenda, board members are not able to take action or discuss the item. However, they can refer the issue to staff or request that it be placed on the next agenda.

Arizona Revised Statutes do not require a government board or commission to have a Call to the Public.

The commission will also consider a zoning use permit and an extension of time for Grand Canyon Ranch Resort. The resort is located five miles east of Pierce Ferry Road off of Diamond Bar Road.

The owner of the guest ranch, Nigel Turner, requested a zoning change in 2009 in order to expand activities at the resort. He is now asking for a year extension in order to get the site plan finished and a zoning use permit for additional helicopter pads and a runway on the property. The Board approved his request for a renewal of a zoning use permit for several existing helipads earlier this month.

The commission will also discuss a request from the county for a petition of exceptions to the county's zoning requirements for the Hualapai Mountain Recreational Vehicle Park. The county is asking the commission to consider waiving size and screening requirements for several RV lots on the site because of the terrain and the fact that the park is not designed for long-term residents.

The commission meets at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the County Administration Building, 700 W. Beale St.