KINGMAN – Complying with City regulations throughout the course of building or adding-on to a home is usually a smooth process, but sometimes issues arise that call for interpretations of those zoning ordinances, a job left to Kingman’s Board of Adjustment.
The BOA is seeking applicants who would like to serve on the seven-member, meets-as-called board. Rich Ruggles, City principal planner, said the adjustment board doesn’t meet often and hasn’t heard a case in years.
“There’s no cases pending, but we do need to make sure it’s fully staffed in case we do get a request,” Ruggles said.
The City’s principal planner described the BOA as a quasi-judicial board because it hears and reviews testimony and then delivers a decision. Those rulings are final and are not forwarded to Council for consideration. The only way to appeal a board ruling is by going through Superior Court, Ruggles said.
Ruggles provided the Daily Miner with examples of legitimate and illegitimate requests. A situation where someone wants a variance from City setback requirements due to an unusually shaped or sized lot could be a legitimate case that goes to the board.
However, a request from someone wanting a smaller setback area than what’s allowed for in zoning ordinances for no justifiable reason would be illegitimate, Ruggles explained.
“You have to show there’s a greater burden on that property, something unique about that property where normal regulations (are) an undue burden on that property,” Ruggles said.
Any resident of Kingman who is a registered voter is eligible to submit an application for a seat on the Board of Adjustment.
“Other than that, there’s no qualifications,” Ruggles said. “We do look for people who can review information and make a decision, kind of like a jury would.”
Applications are available at the City Clerk’s Office and the Planning and Zoning Office, both located at the City complex, 310 N. Fourth St. They are also available at the City’s website, www.cityofkingman.gov and in this story at www.kdminer.com.
Questions can be directed to the City of Kingman Planning and Economic Development Department at 928-753-8130.