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Council expected to OK Kingman tire store
Business not permitted with current zoning overlay rules

Kingman Mayor John Salem

Kingman Mayor John Salem

Local Superior Tire owner Kevin Burgess' request to add "tire and auto repair facilities" to the list of permitted uses in the Hualapai Mountain Road overlay district reaches its final hurdle Wednesday, when the issue is brought before City Council.

Despite city planning staff suggesting the request be denied, the Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously voted in early December in favor of recommending to Council that Burgess' request be approved.

If approved, Burgess plans to build Kingman's second Superior Tire location near the KFC/Long John Silver's on Hualapai Mountain Road.

"I don't think it's going to hurt anything to have a tire store on Hualapai Mountain Road," said Mayor John Salem.

The overlay district was established in late 2004 in order to govern commercial-zoned properties along Hualapai Mountain Road and Mission Boulevard. It was created in order to establish a unique commercial corridor with specific uses permitted by right and by conditional use permit along with clear design objectives, according to planning staff.

But the overlay, which was created during a time of substantial growth, hasn't been reviewed since it was enacted, Salem said.

There are design criteria Burgess must abide by, but he has already said he is more than happy to meet the aesthetic standards of the area.

Salem expects the city's Development Services Department to work with Burgess closely on any design concerns, should Council vote to approve his request.

"If business owners want to expand their business (within the community), more power to them," Salem said. "It's more than I can do."

At least one person is not in favor of the city approving Burgess' request.

"We just don't need this," Larry Mozis wrote to planning and zoning staff. "We could use more stores, but not this one."

Mozis is concerned that the look of Superior Tire will not fit in with the area.

Salem said Mozis' comments have been the only negative ones he's heard since the request was made.

In fact, several people turned out to the Planning and Zoning Commission's December meeting to argue in favor of Burgess' request.

Council meets at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday because of the holiday at the City Complex, 310 N. Fourth St. Council normally meets the first and third Tuesday of every month.

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