MCC transfers BLM land patent to Lake Havasu City
Mohave Community College entered into a memorandum of understanding with Lake Havasu City, transferring over a Bureau of Land Management land patent right of 238.2 acres last week. The land is located on the north side of the city near Colt Drive.
The college’s governing board agenda states that a city master plan would designate the area for parks and recreation. According to Mayor Mark Nexsen, however, the city has no immediate plans for the land.
“Maybe in 20 years we’ll have use for it,” he said. “We’re not going to look a gift horse in the mouth, we’re going to just allow that to be transferred to the city and, at a later date, we’ll determine the best use for it.”
Nexsen explained that when the land transfer was first initiated in 2003, city officials had plans to create a park but faced opposition from residents in the area, essentially keeping it from moving forward.
When approached by an MCC representative approximately two months ago about restarting the land transfer process, Nexsen said he agreed to keep the city’s window of opportunity open.
“Right now we’re a growing city, why not at least look at what the possibility would be,” he said, later adding that the city may be required to submit some sort of plan for the land within the first five years of the transfer.