Neighbors object, but zoning change OK'd for motel project

KINGMAN - Despite opposition by neighbors, the Mohave County Board of Supervisors on Monday unanimously rezoned a parcel in the vicinity of Hualapai Mountain Road and Flag Mine Road to allow for development of a motel.

Everett Burge of Hualapai Investments requested the zoning change.

The county's general plan designates the area as a rural development area, and the proposed zoning change drew opposition from nearby residents, as well as the Pine Lake Fire District.

Zoning is being changed from residential-recreation (one acre minimum) to commercial-recreation (two acres minimum). The property has a single-family residence.

Twenty percent of property owners who own 30 percent of land within 300 feet of the motel property objected to the rezoning. By Arizona law, that requires a three-fourths vote by the board to rezone.

Supervisor Jean Bishop said she met with the developer at the site and was satisfied with the presentation of the motel development plans.

The site is within the Pine Lake Fire District and is not served by a water system. It would require an on-site sewer system. It does have electricity and phone service.

Thomas and Barbara McLarty, who live nearby on Lodge Lane, said a motel and other commercial development would diminish their "quality of life."

"Many of the families in our community moved to Pine Lake with the expectation of continuing to enjoy the lifestyle afforded us with the aesthetics and appearance of the community at the time we located here," they wrote in a June 1 letter to Supervisors Bishop and Gary Watson. "This proposal will definitely change that lifestyle."

Pine Lake Fire Chief John Sticka opposed the change because the fire station is located directly across from the property, and it's already difficult getting in and out of the bays. He also wants to see a master plan.

"We already have numerous structures under one address, making it a nightmare in the event of a 911 dispatch call," he said.

Flag Mine Road residents Stephen and Mary Lee said they're opposed to the zoning change absent full disclosure of future development plans.

"We would not be opposed if there were CC&Rs [codes, covenants and restrictions] restricting future developments of adjoining properties or a restricted easement in favor of Pine Lake Fire Department and the HOA," they said.

In other action Monday:

• The board voted 5-0 to rezone a parcel in the Yucca vicinity from agricultural-residential (10 acre minimum) to commercial-recreation (one acre minimum) to allow for a race and test track and related facilities.

• The board voted 4-1 (Supervisor Buster Johnson opposed) to authorize Public Works to sign a letter of concurrence permitting the Hualapai Tribe to include sections of Antares Road and Pierce Ferry Road in the Indian Reservation Roads Inventory. Upper Trout Creek Road, Lower Trout Creek Road and Bogles Ranch Road were excluded from the inventory.

• The board voted 5-0 to support the U.S. Fish and Wildlife's proposed rule to remove the Hualapai Mexican Vole from the federal list of endangered and threatened wildlife, based on findings by the Arizona Game and Fish Department to delist the mouse-like rodent.