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Rezone compromise for Granite Bluffs near Hualapai Mountain Road

Citizens who live in the Granit Bluffs II and Canyon Bluffs II subdivisions are concerned about rezone requests for nearby properties. (Photo by Travis Rains/Daily Miner)

Citizens who live in the Granit Bluffs II and Canyon Bluffs II subdivisions are concerned about rezone requests for nearby properties. (Photo by Travis Rains/Daily Miner)

KINGMAN – The rezone request that would have allowed for additional veteran housing in Kingman wasn’t the only rezoning matter taken up by Council at its last meeting that drew concern from residents in the surrounding area.

The property in question is on the west side of south Slaughterhouse Canyon Road and south of Mission Boulevard. Granite Bluffs II, zoned R-1-10, lies to the west and Canyon Bluffs II, zoned R-1-6, is to the east. The property is currently zoned R-1-10, but applicant Kathy Tackett-Hicks of KTH Consulting applied to rezone the property to R-1-6 to allow for an approximate 47-lot subdivision.

“We do want to take public comment, but the fact is most of this opposition is coming from home sites that are 1,000 to 1,500 feet away,” Tackett-Hicks said.

The City is required to notify those within close proximity of the requested rezone, a few hundred feet, that City commissions and Council are considering a change to the zoning designation.

Opposition was mostly focused on decreased property values as a result of being up against smaller lots. There were also concerns, just like with the proposed veteran housing rezone, regarding the layout of the Hualapai Mountain corridor.

One resident from Granite Bluffs relayed his concerns about R-1-10 properties disappearing from the area and being replaced with commercial properties. He said the area has completely changed since 2003. Another nearby Kingmanite said the rezone and subsequent development would lead to traffic congestion at Diamondback Street and Slaughterhouse Canyon Road.

The property owner, Dr. Munawar Paracha, said he’s owned the property for about 14 years, and that there is no market for R-1-10 development. He also said those in Canyon Bluffs, zoned R-1-6, worrying about their property values depreciating weren’t concerned about his property, zoned R-1-10, when the Canyon Bluffs subdivision went in.

“It really does not appeal to me that people can come and say, ‘He should not be allowed, but we were allowed,’” Paracha said.

Councilman Ken Watkins said that while the property to the east is zoned as 6,000-square-foot minimum, many of the lots are closer to 10,000 square feet. Watkins said he would like to retain the 10,000 square foot minimum designation.

The applicant was willing to consider amending the request so that the property would be rezoned R-1-8 as opposed to R-1-6. Council voted to take that route. Councilmembers Ken Watkins and SueAnn Mello Keener were the dissenting votes. The item will return to Council for a vote on the R-1-8 designation.

“Given the need for housing in this community and the private property rights of development, I think it’s a good compromise on this particular piece of land,” said Mayor Jen Miles.