CUP reviews to be revisited

It's taken several months and a good deal of hardship, but the City Council may finally have a way to ensure conditional use permits are annually reviewed.

Council on Monday will consider a text amendment to the city zoning ordinance that would require a one-year review of all conditional use permits, or CUPs issued within the city. The proposed amendment contains a combination of three alternatives staff presented to Council at its July 7 meeting.

The review process as worded by the amendment would require staff to first assess whether or not a given CUP is actually being used. If it is, staff would then notify all property owners within a 500-foot radius that the review would be underway, and that they were invited to speak at or send any written comments to the upcoming Planning and Zoning and Council meetings.

Staff would then prepare a full report on the CUP property's compliance or non-compliance with its permit and whether any written complaints have been received. The amendment calls for the P&Z and City Council reviews to take place in public meetings, but not as public hearings.

Ensuring annual reviews for CUPs has been a priority for the Council ever since P&Z Commissioner Jim Cave resigned his seat due to what he felt was the city's failure to adequately review complaints made regarding the CUP for the Cornerstone Mission, a homeless men's shelter located just down the street from Cave's radiator shop on North Evans Street.

Council will also consider awarding a bid for the construction of the Kingman Airport Tract and the Banks Airport Addition Improvement District to Surface Contracting Inc., based out of Glendale. Nine bids were received when bidding for the project opened July 2, and Surface Contracting's was the lowest at $3.3 million.

Their bid is approximately 17 percent under the engineering estimate of the project costs, which totaled just over $4 million.

Additionally, Council will look toward correcting somewhat of a technicality regarding the name of Slaughterhouse Canyon Road in the south section of the city. While the road has been known as "Slaughterhouse Canyon" throughout its history, its technical name, according to the Mohave County plat map, is actually just "Canyon Road."

Monday's Council meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the usual venue, 310 N. Fourth St.