Kingman Crossing plan goes before planning and zoning

The city’s Planning and Zoning Commission this evening will hold the first of two public hearings scheduled this month regarding a proposed zoning change for the planned Kingman Crossing development. (SPARKY KNOWLTON)

The city’s Planning and Zoning Commission this evening will hold the first of two public hearings scheduled this month regarding a proposed zoning change for the planned Kingman Crossing development. (SPARKY KNOWLTON)

KINGMAN - The next step in the planned development of Kingman Crossing will be taken this evening when the city's Planning and Zoning Commission holds a public hearing regarding the project's zoning.

The City Council voted to change the zoning of roughly 151 acres of city-owned land currently designated rural residential to a planned development district late last summer and sent the matter to planning commissioners to hold a public hearing.

The Council also gave planners directions to add a new section to the city's zoning ordinance titled Kingman Crossing Planned Development District. The land is located east of Andy Devine Avenue and runs south of Interstate 40, north of the Airfield Avenue alignment, east of Sage Street and west of the Cherokee Street alignment.

The plan is to sell the land to a developer who would hopefully fund construction of a fourth traffic interchange in Kingman and then develop the nearby acreage for retail outlets, restaurants and other businesses that would add sales tax revenue to city coffers and allow residents to stay in town to do their shopping.

A number of things have to occur first, including, importantly, voter approval to sell the land. Tonight's public hearing, which is a requirement when cities amend ordinances, is a step in the process.

Planners could possibly make a recommendation to the Council after hearing from the public. Regardless, the Council will hold a second public hearing when members meet a week from today and could vote to greenlight the amendment.

The zoning change, if ultimately approved, would virtually match zoning already in place for two planned developments on the north side of the interstate representing, collectively, about 145 additional acres of privately owned land.

Tonight's public hearing is part of the commission's regular monthly meeting, which begins at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall, 310 N. Fourth Street.

Other items on the agenda include a proposal from Mohave Engineering Associates to modify certain zoning conditions near the Taco Bell restaurant at 3220 Stockton Hill Road. The firm seeks to split the building pad Taco Bell is on in order to build another retail outlet.

Also, Marcy and Ross Reinoso have applied for a text amendment that would allow an air ambulance service to operate closer to town. The couple seeks a conditional use permit.