Mohave County changes fees for some developments

KINGMAN - Developers won't have to travel to Phoenix and wait six months to get a permit for on-site wastewater treatment systems under a new fee schedule approved Tuesday by Mohave County Board of Supervisors.

The board voted 4-0, with Supervisor Gary Watson absent, to approve the fee schedule that will reduce fees below those charged by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality for the same services and shorten processing time.

The new and updated agreement developed between Mohave County Development Services Department and ADEQ expands services offered by the county for application and permitting of on-site alternative wastewater treatment systems.

"We are very proud that we are implementing this new program," Development Services Director Nicholas Hunt told the board. "We think it's a tremendous benefit for developers as the economy is picking up. We're going to offer more."

The agreement increases wastewater treatment from 3,000 gallons to 24,000 gallons a day in design flow, sewage collection and drinking water distribution systems.

Developer services will be improved and expedited without hiring additional staff, Hont noted. Existing county staff will take over services from ADEQ, offering assistance and making any modifications necessary for design plans. Local engineering firms were hired at fees that are less than ADEQ's, he said.

"The main thing is convenience. They don't have to go to Phoenix," Hont said.

Fees will be reduced 5 percent to 50 percent compared with ADEQ, he added.

New fees for a Type 4 aquifer protection permit would be $950 for first review of each lift station, and $142.50 for subsequent reviews.

First review for up to three wastewater treatment technologies and disposal methods and two on-site wastewater treatment facilities is $3,420, and $513 for subsequent reviews.

In other action from Tuesday's regular meeting, the board:

• Accepted the resignation of Bill Abbott from the Board of Adjustment, effective Jan. 22, and approved the appointment of Abbott to the Planning and Zoning Commission, representing District 4, through Jan. 7, 2017.

• Voted 4-0 to establish approximately a quarter mile of Calle Del Media from Camino Colorado to Camp Mohave Road in the Fort Mohave area as a county highway. The road is subject to future improvement, though the timing of such improvement is driven by developers, Public Works Director Steve Latoski noted.

• Voted 4-0 to rezone a parcel in the Wikieup area from 36-acre minimum lot size to 18-acre minimum to allow for creation of two residential parcels.

• Voted 3-1, with Supervisor Buster Johnson dissenting, for staff to undertake action to submit a grant application in cooperation with Arizona State Parks in support of developing the proposed Horizon 6 trails project in Lake Havasu City. Johnson was concerned about nonprofit groups funding trails on county land.