Parking space issues irk Kingman day center's neighbors

KINGMAN - College Circle residents will have a chance to voice their concerns about traffic generated by a neighborhood disability day center at Monday's Mohave County Board of Supervisors meeting.

The center is asking to rezone two parcels at corner of College Drive and College Circle from single-family residential to medium density residential so it can continue to operate its center.

The center provides people with disabilities a way to learn how to cook, clean and care for themselves in a home setting and has been very successful with few complaints from the neighbors, said Steven Neidlinger, the executive director of programs at the facility. It needs the zoning to come into compliance with the county's zoning ordinances and continue operating.

A handful of neighbors on College Circle told the Mohave County Planning and Zoning Commission last month they want more parking spaces for the center.

Family members of the center's clients and employees from the center park along the street. This blocks the view of drivers who want to pull onto College Drive from College Circle, said resident Tom Young.

Neidlinger said he has tried to cut down on the number of vehicles parked along the street and in front of the center by shuttling employees in by van.

The Planning and Zoning Commission voted 5 -2 to approve the zoning request with the condition that the center have at least nine parking spots.

The Board will also consider approving a plan to coordinate with other Arizona and New Mexico counties on opposing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's plan to expand the territory of the Mexican gray wolf in both states.

The Board meets at 9:30 a.m. Monday in the County Administration Building, 700 W. Beale St.